Mary Rosa Alleyne Hunnings, CBE, known professionally as Mary Berry, is a British food writer and television presenter. After being encouraged in domestic science classes at school, she studied catering and institutional management at college
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- Mary Berry is cheekier than ever as she directs steamy innuendos at Swedish chef
Mary Berry has always been known for her ‘innocent’ innuendos, and was full of them during her time on The Great British Bake Off, but on Monday night’s episode of Classic Mary Berry she seemed to be cheekier than ever.
She welcomed fire-chef Niklas Ekstedt onto the programme who showed her how to ‘caveman cook’ – basically a way of relying on natural elements to cook a meal.
And the 82-year-old was certainly on fire with her jokes as she had viewers in hysterics while she flirted away with her guest.
She wasn’t even trying to hide her flirtatious ways, at one point said: ‘It’s a long time since I’ve had a man on his knees in front of me.’
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We gathered together a few of our favourite lines from the show, so if you’re planning on watching it on catch-up, you know what you’re getting yourself in for.
Mary said: ‘Well it’s your meatballs you’re rolling,’ before she followed this with: ‘I like a little bit of sauce.’
She then went on to say: ‘No one’s keener to see inside there than me.’
The pair go for a walk in the woods and Niklas spots a birch tree, which he used to start his fires.
‘And also these branches like this, these leaves, these are what we use in the sauna,’ he said before he pulled a branch down from the tree.
Niklas added: ‘To get … you know, to whip each other.’
Mary couldn’t help herself at that statement and joked: ‘That sounds exciting, how do you do it, then?’
We were shocked by her steamy comments and it looked like viewers were too as they took to Twitter to applaud Mary on her flirting efforts.
One said: ‘Mary Berry is flat out flirting with the hot Swedish chef on #MaryBerryclassics right now “oooh I like a bit of sauce” Bet you do Mary.’4 peoples like this. 0 Comments 0 Shares
- MARY BERRY REVEALS WHY SHE ISN'T A FAN OF AVOCADO ON TOAST #MaryBerry
For many of us - millennials in particular - avocado on toast is a diet staple.
Whether smashed or sliced, served on sourdough or wholemeal, teamed with almond butter, marmite or halloumi or just on its own, it’s hard to beat avocado toast. Or so many of us believe.
According to Mary Berry, however, it actually is easy to beat it. In fact, the unofficial grandmother of the nation and top chef says eating avocados on toast really isn’t the best way to consume the fruit.
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In an interview with Radio Times, the former Great British Bake Off judge said: “It’s very fashionable now to prepare avocado on toast. I can remember when we didn’t have them at all - now they’re everywhere.
“But this isn’t one of the nicest things to do with them. Better to add them to a prawn cocktail or to a little plate of smoked salmon or shrimps.”
The suggestion may have millennial foodies spitting out their kombucha.
The 82-year-old says she’s a fan of a very retro dish: the prawn cocktail.
“Do it in a glass, with a little gem lettuce leaf,” Berry suggests. “People used to laugh at prawn cocktail because it felt dated, but it’s coming back.”
While some people have revealed that now Berry has spoken they will be giving up the brunch staple, others have expressed their outrage at her claim.
Toby Stafford-Deitsch, founder of London's first dedicated avocado on toast bar Naught Avocado, told The Independent: “We fully appreciate the versatility of the humble avocado even when used in a bygone prawn cocktail - however nothing compares to smashing it on proper sourdough toast when served with a couple of poached eggs, crispy shallots and a Sriracha hollandaise.
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“Perfect for brunch any day of the week.”
Sure, we love Mary. But we may love avocado on toast even more.
- MARY BERRY'S GUIDE TO GET PEOPLE TO LEAVE YOUR DINNER PARTY #MaryBerry
Christmas parties can be great…until you’re hosting one yourself.
It’s all fun and games till your buzz expires and everybody is still jiving in your kitchen showing no signs of heading home.
Suddenly you find yourself faced with quite the festive pickle: "How do I get these people out of my house without coming across like a grumpy bauble-deprived Scrooge?"
Thankfully, Britain's culinary national treasure, Mary Berry, has the solution.
Speaking to i News, the former Great British Bake Off host explained that subtlety is key and revealed her top three tips to chivvying people towards the front door.
The first thing she advises is to gently start clearing up, people should get the hint pretty quickly that the party is coming to a close once they see you pummelling the floor with a dustpan and brush.
She added that one of her husband’s sneaky “get out of my house” tricks is also closing the curtains.
If that fails, you could try whipping out some not-so-implicit lines that reference your "super early" meeting the following day, or you could ask people how they plan on getting home.
If you're still struggling to regain some peace and quiet in your home, Berry suggests directly asking your guests if they intend to stay, in which case, you will open another bottle of wine - hopefully they will cotton on and you won't have to resort to popping open another bottle of Pinot.
However, the TV cook added that most of the time she is simply honest with her party guests and says: "Ok, time’s up!”
If you’ve tried and tested Berry’s tips already and you still find yourself banging your head against the wall as your free-spirited friends continue to generously top up their glasses of prosecco, the simplest solution would be to just pop off to bed and hope that people will eventually notice you’ve left and follow suit.
However, this is a risky move and could result in you waking up to commune full of sweaty party crashers getting their shut eye on your living room floor.
So, tottle off to bed at your own peril, dear hosts.