'I LEARNED ALL ABOUT
BAKING FROM YOUTUBE
riony May stole the nation's
hearts with her fantastic baking
skills last year on Channel 4's
incredible. We put Nora in for an extra
day at nursery each week, and my Suggested I start baking. It really
mum would look after her so could relaxed me and kept me happy.
the nurse at the school where I worked
The Great British Bake Off. Now, the practise. I don't know how
34-year-old mum, who lives in Bristol who work full time manage to do it! so l'd go to London with shedloads
with her husband Steve and daughter Being a Bake Off contestant is
Nora, three, has teamed up with us to hard work - what kept you going? And you taught yourself some of
create some unique animal-inspired remember my husband saying to th trickier techniques by watchingg
recipes to bake at home
with your little ones. In
between making doggy
biscuits and elephant
pizzas, she filled us in
on her time in the tent...
My uncle was in hospital at the time,
of shortbread for him and the nurses.
on YouTube. For Bake
Off, I watched videos
of these Ukrainian
women making korovai
(a Ukrainian wedding
bread) in their kitchens
I didn't understanda
word they were saying
but just watched what
How did it feel to cook
in the Bake Off tent?
It was so hot with last
But it's such an amazing
Has Nora always
enjoyed helping you
out in the kitchen?
Yes, she's been helping
buzzing all the time.
From the minute you
step in at seven in the
morning, there's so
much going on and so
many people who are
part of the team. It's
busier than I thought it
was going to be, but it's
great. It's just like you
would want it to be.
Do you have a favourite
contestant from a previous series? me, 'You know, you're never going
I always loved Selasi, he was great, to get to do this again you have to
and lovely Liam, too. And Nadiya,
obviously. I remember when she
won, I was so emotional watching
it. When I knew I was going to be
on, I went back to the first series
for as long as she's
been able to. We bake
a couple of times a week
and she loves making
cakes and stamping out
biscuits. She's learning
about what goes into
a cake, into bread, into
pastry. She loves it.
Do you have any tips for parents
First, pre-warn yourself that there's
embrace it! Also, if you're making
who want to bake with their kids?
go and do it properly.' I'm glad he
said that because it meant that I tried going to be lots of mess and just
really hard every week.
How did you get into baking?
I baked a bit as a kid with my nan, weigh everything before you get
but I really got into it in 2013 when started, so the kids can just tip it in
I was off work for nine months. I was
ill, but they didn't know what was from start to finish either. It doesn't
wrong eventually we figured out matter if they're decorating with
it was polycystic ovary syndrome. I'm
not very good at doing nothing, so nvolving them in one way or another.
something that needs exact amounts,
and watched it all again.
How did you juggle your life with
filming Bake Off every weekend?
I'm so blessed I have such a
supportive family. My mum helps
out a lot and my husband's
They don't have to make something
shop-bought icing, as long as you're
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