… which is how I came to be browsing around on YouTube looking for some Nutter magic. Actually, I was hoping to get a sound file of the Simply Baking theme tune to embed here as a tribute to the Nutter. I was unsuccessful in that, but I did uncover a short treasure trove of more recent Nutter appearances.
In this clip, we not only get the Nutter magic, but the special gnominess that is Anthony Worrall-Thompson. And that’s not all! A recipe for Lancashire style Welsh rarebit – really – is yours, if you want it. Enjoy!
It appears that Simply Baking has ended. I have been so looking forward to settling down for my dose of the Nutter magic. So much so that I couldn’t quite believe it when I went through my recordings and couldn’t see it. Naturally, I blamed its disappearance on the other occupant of the house with opposable thumbs, which was not as satisfying as usual given that he’s away.
Eventually I accepted that I’d have to survive a Nutterless week, and scrolled through the program guide to reschedule the recording. The slot that had held Simply Baking is now home to Coastal Kitchen and I will never see the Sandman flame shirt again.
Occasionally I have things to do on Fridays. I know! Crazy, isn’t it?
Anyway, I have entrusted today’s Simply Baking to the IQ, so will have it safely recorded for when I get home. Of course, I doubt that I will do the Nutter justice if I were to watch and blog after Friday drinks, so I will get the post up as soon as I can tomorrow.
Doesn’t time fly when you have a Nutter to look forward to every Friday? Well, it does for me, and my excitement was only slightly diminished to see that today’s episode will be all about teabreads, since really, it will be all about the Nutter (and, hopefully, the flaming shirt). Perhaps a Nutter twist will help take teabreads from pedestrian to orgasmic?
Nutter’s shirt today has no flames, unfortunately (if you are still reading, Dawn, it’s the lemon shirt that launched your creation all those weeks ago!). We start with a brief introduction to the concept of teabreads (which, I suspect, are what we might know of as “tea cakes”). We will be getting three recipes today: two sweet, one savoury, and unfortunately ALL healthy. Of course, my interest is piqued by the concept of the “millennium” version, which will apparently contain “all those delicious new flavours that are coming around at the moment”. What will they be? I’m unsuccessfully casting my mind back ten years to try to identify the flavour revolution, so am very keen on what we’ll see.
Today is souffle day, and not – as indicated by the Foxtel guide – omelette day. This is a great relief to me, not because I don’t adore omelettes (I am human, after all), but because I was struggling to understand how – even with a Nutter twist – an omelette could fall under the heading “baking”. Now I need worry no more! It’s souffle (with a Nutter twist). Two, in fact: one sweet and one savoury.
It is an orange shirt day again today, which I believe bodes well. The reason I say this is that we’ve now seen the orange shirt three times, if my memory is correct, so a revival of the flames can’t be too far away.
We’re starting with the savoury: the classic cheese souffle. Don’t be put off by the reputation of cheese souffle as a difficult dish – the Nutter tips’n'tricks will help us through!
Andrew Nutter welcomes us to his kitchen with an eye-bleedingly red shirt. He’s certainly not one for blending into the background, although this top is uncomfortably close in hue to the shelves to his right. I wonder what baked delights he has in store for us today?
He doesn’t keep us guessing. We’re making pizzas today, and one will be a sweet one. The other will be… Peking duck with plum sauce? Let’s start with the, ahem, savoury one then, shall we?
It’s Nutter time, although it feels like it’s been that all day today. Nevertheless, this is the real deal, with baked goods, not just ranting on street corners. What does the baking Nutter have in store for us today, apart from a lemon shirt?
“We’re barring mad” is Nutter’s introduction. He’s pleased with the phrase, so repeats it. I think is meant to sound like “barking” with an intense glottal stop. What it means is there will be bars, and we’re hitting the recipes right out of the gate. (I’ve just realised why this is such a surprise to me – I’m so used to the drawn-out start of Masterchef, that any cooking within 10 minutes of opening credits appears to be unseemly haste).
I wish I could get a MPG file of the Simply Baking theme toon. As soon as it comes on, it makes me bounce more than George Calombaris in the Masterchef kitchen. I’m going to do a YouTube search. I need this in my iPod – I think it will go well in a shuffle with Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.
Today I am excited to report that Nutter is wearing the bright orange shirt that could well be the one he was wearing in the first episode I ever saw. He is excited to report that he will be making cakes. With a Nutter twist, of course.
Today’s theme on Simply Baking is cheesecake. Our Nutter knows we’ll all be thinking with our sweet teeth right about now, but he’s changing it up a bit and starting with a savoury cheesecake (which some may prefer to think of as a quiche with cream cheese – I know that would appeal to me more than a savoury cheesecake). I’m hoping that he’s not going to be matching anything to the colour of this particular shirt today, unless he’s going to do a pea puree. Actually (it’s catching!), the shirt might be the result of the pea puree prepared earlier. I get the sense that today’s recipes might take a bit of time, given the speed at which Nutter is talking.
And if it’s Simply Baking, then it must be time for my blog stats to jump dramatically, as fans of the Nutter search for the recipes they’ve seen on the show. Knowing how frustrating it is to search for one thing and land in something completely other, today’s post is dedicated to the recipes! (If, however, you are also interested in attempted analysis of recent junk food commercials, or exhaustive descriptions of crappy MTV/VH1 reality shows, please look around.)
Today Nutter promises classic French recipes. I hope my eyes can withstand the onslaught of his shirt, which is French-ish, I guess… possibly chartreuse? Anyway, let’s crack on.