The Great British Bake Off: Episode 5

first_imgWeek five in The Great British Bake Off tent brought more biscuits than you can shake a cigarillo at. Mary demonstrated the difference between a bend and snap, signalling the half-way point of the series. After last week’s sogginess, the contestants thought they were home and dry. Oh, if only. The bakers entered the tent looking considerably calmer than before. Even Howard admitted to feeling relaxed. Did he have his own sabotage planned? A splintered rolling pin, perhaps?Enter the traybake for the Signature Challenge. It could be anything, so long as it was, well, baked in a tray. The contestants had a right to be relaxed. The viewers could enjoy their 8pm cup of tea.“We want some lovely surprises and wonderful finishes,” said Mary.In true Hollywood style, Paul rattled nerves with his own take on the bake: “The very fact that it’s simple… makes it extremely difficult, because when you’re judging you have to be even more critical.”Howard chose a relatively simply breakfast traybake: cereal topping, yoghurt and oats. Frances, as always, wanted to do one better than anyone who had ever entered the hallowed Bake Off tent: a Millionaire Banoffee Bonus, laid out like Jenga. We could practically hear Mary pulling her blonde locks out. Substance, substance, SUBSTANCE.Never one to shy away from a challenge, Glenn opted for a tricky apricot and pistachio tiffin, made from bowls of chocolate, marshmallow and biscuit. As Paul eyed up Glenn’s mountain of chocolate, the Devon teacher admitted to marking essay after essay, taking up most of his time. What? There’s something going on outside this tent?All was well, however, as his creations were labelled “very good”, if not “grotesque”.  Rob’s blueberry and orange traybake wasn’t up to scratch, deemed “raw” and “soggy”. Ruby presented her own soggy bottom, proclaiming that she doesn’t “do biscuits”, while Howard’s breakfast bakes were too “stodgy” for Paul.It was Mel’s turn for a snapshot of baking history, explaining the origins of the Tottenham cake, first created by Quakers. Chelsea fans threw their buns at the telly, while Arsenal supporters lamented their lack of baked treats. Did Arsene Wenger resist purchasing more players for the season to invest in a Gunners bakery? Only time will tell.Next, “the most delicate technical challenge Mary has ever devised.” Oh, lovely. A tuile: tiny, thin, tricky biscuits, similar to a French roof tile… apparently. For those of you who want to make your own, the recipe is in the latest Bake Off book, Everyday.Darn those tuiles. Techniques were instantly debated. How much whisking? How thin? Is that too thin? “There’s thin and there’s Alexa Chung,” said Frances.Tuiles created, it was time to pipe. Could anyone find a piping bag? Turns out, Mary wanted the bakers to… get ready for it… make their own. “I will not be defeated by a sodding French biscuit,” cried Ruby, practically waving a Union Jack.It is not enough to just make the tuiles, you have to shape them, and fast. They need to immediately be rolled on to a rolling pin or the handle of a spoon to achieve the required shape. Sharp intakes of breath followed, as well as a few yelps of pain as the remaining contestants battled with the hot biscuits. The Berry is a cruel mistress.Howard came last, Kimberley’s were burned, and Ruby’s were “a bit of a mess”. Miss Style-over-substance managed to brush off her former nickname with a “nice flavour”, while Glenn secured second place, and Christine snatched first with “the crispest of the lot”. Was she happy? Take a guess.And now, the Showstopper. Considered to be the challenge to save or send bakers, a biscuit tower was demanded. It had to stand up. It had to be 30cm tall. It had to taste good and, unsurprisingly, stop the show.“You don’t just have to be a baker, you have to be an architect too,” cautioned Paul. Could the contestants handle baking and building? Ever the practical one, Howard made four different tea-flavoured biscuits, channelling them into a Japanese pagoda. People were impressed, he beamed. These people, he explained, were his mum and dad. Family can be one’s harshest critics.Christine fashioned a Bavarian clock out of 70 identical shortbread bricks. Rob wanted a Dalek, regardless of what it would look or taste like. Had he signed up for his own extermination? Elsewhere, Ruby resorted to covering her pile of biscuits in pink icing with her hands.We could feel the tent-sion and, with one minute to go, Frances’ tower of biscuit buttons and beads fell dramatically on to the table. As the dust settled, the bakers backed away from the construction.There were smiles, mostly from Christine, who was awarded star baker of the week. Beca’s treat-covered cake stand was suited to a child’s birthday party, Glenn’s shortbread and macaroon helter-skelter was deemed “impressive”, but Kimberley’s tower had “cracks all the way down”. Howard’s tea tower was artistic, but bland. The broken biscuit tower by Frances was given a firm telling off by Mary, who reiterated the criteria of the task.This week, it was Rob who was left wishing he’d made a Tardis instead of a Dalek, as he left the Bake Off tent for the final time. We will miss you and your scientific elements.Week six brings sweet, sweet dough. We are expecting the biggest buns ever seen on the BBC.The Great British Bake Off is screened on BBC2 every Tuesday, at 8pm.last_img read more

Al Green Adds More Spring Dates To First Tour In Seven Years

first_imgThe Reverend Al Green is set to make his live comeback later this year with eight shows surrounding his April 28th performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The upcoming run will mark Al Green’s first run of live shows in seven years, though he’s continued to lead Sunday church services in Memphis, TN over the years.The run of comeback shows begins on April 24th with a performance at Bass Concert Hall in Austin, TX, followed by a gig in Irving, TX two nights later on April 26th. Following his appearance at Jazz Fest on April 28th, Green will head back to Texas for a show in Sugar Land on April 30th, followed by a final gig at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on May 3rd.Newly announced dates will bring the 72-year-old soul icon to Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY on May 5th; The Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL on May 7th; and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on May 9th. It’s unclear if more dates will be added to the 2019 schedule.Green will be joined throughout his brief spring tour on select dates by former NPR Tiny Desk Contest winners, Tank and the Bangas, and The War and Treaty. Fans can reference the listing below for a detailed schedule of Green’s upcoming shows and head here for more information on ticket availability.Al Green Tour DatesApril 24 – Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall*April 26 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Factory^April 28 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalApril 30 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre*May 3 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre^May 5 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music HallMay 7 – Chicago, IL @ The Chicago TheatreMay 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre* w/ Tank and the Bangas^ w/War and TreatyView Upcoming Dateslast_img read more

Top 10 technology posts from 2019

first_imgIt’s Christmas Eve and 2020 is just over a week away. Every year seems to go by faster than the last. As we put the finishing touches on 2019, we once again take a look back at the top community posts from the last 12 months. Here are the ten best technology posts from 2019…The 4 data questions every credit union leader needs to answerBy. Will Thomas, Blue OrangeA waiting game that’s paying off for small credit unionsBy. Andrew Stevens, QuadientPreparing for the changing interchange revenue landscapeBy. Norm Patrick, PSCUThe #1 trend for financial institutions to watchBy. David Goodman, EverFIThe buzzword you can’t afford to ignoreBy. Tim Klatt, La Macchia GroupAre credit unions missing out on a growth opportunity?By. Ann Farrell, TrellanceThe future of the movement depends on fearless, big thinkersBy. Samantha Paxson, CO-OP Financial Services5 keys to digital marketing success in 2019By. Tiffany McEachern, PSCUImproving member experience – The time is nowBy. Dave Adams, CU Solutions GroupBuilding the digital and human bridge: Six ways credit unions can learn from PelotonBy. Tansley Stearns, Canvas Credit Union 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Syracuse continues home dominance and beats Georgia Tech, 90-61

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse’s 16-point lead dwindled to three as Georgia Tech opened the second half with nine straight points.The last time the Orange faced the Yellow Jackets, it led by nine before halftime. Then it fell behind by 13 and eventually lost. The opening of Saturday’s second half provided reminders to that game two weeks ago.But this time SU was at home, and if there’s one known factor about Syracuse after 31 games, it’s that the Orange is a different team at home.“It was definitely a statement win,” freshman guard Tyus Battle said. “We lost to them at their place. … Tonight we played our game.”Syracuse never fully cracked like it had before. Instead, it punched Georgia Tech back and won, 90-61. The Orange (18-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) outscored the Yellow Jackets (17-14, 8-10) by 17 in the second half and finished with its biggest margin of victory in a conference game this season. The win wrapped up a wildly successful ACC home slate in which SU won all but one of its games. And on a day associated with the team’s seniors, it wasn’t just them who found their groove.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAndrew White scored a career-high 40 points and John Gillon dished out 10 assists, while Tyler Lydon also grabbed 13 boards and Battle scored 22. Syracuse shot 15-of-24 from behind the arc and cruised down the stretch — a contrast from its past eight games in which it trailed by double digits each time.“We shoot well like that from 3,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, “it’s hard to beat that.”Shortly after the Yellow Jackets came within three, Syracuse went on a 21-2 run. White scored 17 of those points. He hit back-to-back 3s with nine minutes remaining, single-handedly causing the 30,448 in the Carrier Dome to stand up. They were applauding the performance on the court, but also the significance of the eventual win.The Orange survived the gauntlet of this year’s ACC schedule and finished eighth in the league. SU will face No. 9 seed Miami in the conference tournament on Wednesday at noon. While Syracuse remains on the NCAA Tournament bubble, a loss on Saturday would have been catastrophic to the Orange’s Tournament chances.MORE COVERAGEAndrew White’s 40-point explosion propels Syracuse past Georgia Tech, 90-61What we learned from Syracuse’s rout of Georgia Tech in regular-season finaleGallery: Syracuse routs Georgia Tech, 90-61, in regular-season finaleThe Final Word: Syracuse thumps Georgia Tech, 90-61 Published on March 4, 2017 at 8:49 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedscenter_img But just being in position to have a shot at the Tournament reflects Syracuse’s turnaround.“After the start we had,” Boeheim said, “I think it was mostly thought we probably wouldn’t make the NIT.”Gillon said if he and his teammates didn’t come together, their individual post-college goals wouldn’t happen either.Syracuse jumped out to a 16-4 lead and forced a Georgia Tech timeout. Taurean Thompson hit a 3 and Gillon chased him into the huddle. While the other four starters sat on the bench, Gillon stood in front of them barking directions. Boeheim didn’t enter the huddle right away. The starting point guard he named midseason was running the show. Gillon finished with 10 points and 10 assists.“There’s no NBA, there’s no playing in a good league overseas,” Gillon said, “if you’re a loser.”The Orange didn’t buckle as Georgia Tech closed in, instead doing the opposite and blowing the game wide open. It was so far out of reach that Boeheim played senior and former McDonald’s All-American Dajuan Coleman in just his fourth ACC game of the year and for the first time since Jan. 24.The last time SU won a game as comfortably as it did on Saturday was in a 23-point win over Boston College on Jan. 14. That was also a rematch at home after a road loss. In the second matchup between the two teams, Syracuse held the Eagles to 43 fewer points.The 10-point difference in Georgia Tech’s points wasn’t as drastic, but symbolized the same. The Orange continued to improve throughout conference play and came away with another crucial win as Selection Sunday looms eight days away.There’s no guarantee where SU will be a week from now, but it did all it could against Georgia Tech.“You have to have to have a killer instinct,” Gillon said. Commentslast_img read more

Mercedes-Maybach S600: An epitome of luxury

first_imgLuxury is a state of mind. For some, a hatchback is luxurious and for some it is all about being in a premium sedan. However, beyond all that lies a few names and Maybach is one of them. Targeted at the richest of the rich and the connoisseurs of the world, the Maybach is all set to give its owner a feeling of travelling in first-class all the time.We too were flying in to experience the Maybach S600 and it was a rather painful early morning one. After a sleepless night, all we needed was some peace and it seemed like our wish had come true. As we waited amongst a sea of mere mortal machines, a silhouette appeared in the horizon.ALSO READ:Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Honda Amaze vs Hyundai XcentSleek but powerful daytime running lights grew closer and all around stood still gazing with their jaws dropped; the Mercedes-Maybach S600 had arrived to pick us up at the airport.At 5,453mm in length, it’s quite a task to do a customary walk around. However there is little to doubt that the Maybach is longer than the S-Class by 187mm and features a larger wheelbase too.Excellent cabin insulation, ride quality, smooth power delivery, features, comfort and technology.The design though is quite in sync with the S-Class. We loved the overall subtleness of the design which is more befitting to a king rather than a prince. Our chauffeur pops the boot open to put our luggage in. The 500-litre boot can take in plenty of stuff but the only hindrance is the presence of a space saver.advertisementALSO READ:Mercedes Benz A-Class facelift has got the added chopsGenerally when we are out to test a car, we jump to the driver’s perch at first chance. However testing a Maybach is a completely different ball game. So without further adieu, we stepped into the back. At first glance, the interiors are much in tune with a private jet.After negotiating through Pune’s chaos, it was time for a wakeup call and what better than a 6-litre V12 doing the job. The soft seat is best referred to as being a throne and we loved the soft cushions used as headrests. Once sunk into the seat, we glance around. The two seats are divided by a centre console which houses foldable tables, stowage space and even a chiller. The cup holders can cool or heat and what it is up to is indicated by red or blue shades. As the Maybach wafted along Pune’s chaotic traffic, there was little which was disturbing us.The NVH package on the Maybach is on a different level and there was barely any cacophony seeping into the cabin. With the leg pads up and the massage option set on its strongest settings, there was little which could stop us from dozing off. Well, there was something. The bright sunlight penetrating through the panoramic sunroof!The dash looks very much like the one on the S-Class. All-digital clocks offer a plethora of information.ALSO READ:Triumph Bonneville T120: A classic rebornThe Magic Sky Control came to our rescue and with a press of a button the roof turned opaque thereby ensuring utmost comfort and privacy. The other feature which kept us happy was the audio system. This Burmester unit is nothing short of being a superstar. Be it low bass classical melodies or the booming nonsense, it adapts excellently.The controls for the electric seats are exhaustive, rear recliners even offer a hot-stone massage function. One also gets a choice of mood lighting within the car to go in sync with the music. The rear entertainment department is taken care of by two screens mounted on the back of the front seats. The passengers can control most functions of the car using this unit. Two headphones are also offered just in case the owner needs his own space.The only drawback of the system from where we see it is the fact that it is not a touchscreen unit and has to be controlled via a remote which gets a bit cumbersome.ALSO READ:The new Maruti Suzuki Dzire AGS brings an extra bit of convenienceThe touchpad on the centre console is very easy to use. However it is easier if the driver is left-handed. After negotiating through Pune’s chaos, it was time for a wakeup call and what better than a 6-litre V12 doing the job. The engine feels ultra-smooth and is barely audible inside the cabin. At cruising speeds of 100kmph, the S600 feels sublime to drive.Let the world go by as the softly set suspension soaks up even the smallest of undulations on the road. This is also because the S600 features the Magic Body Control system. The system uses cameras that read the road ahead and alters the suspension characteristics. So be it ruts or minor undulations, the car is ready to face most of it with relative ease. The gears change seamlessly and the overall theme of luxury and comfort is abided with.advertisementBoth rear passengers get their very own set of headphones.However once you put pedal to metal, this near 2.3-tonne goliath wakes up with grunt and torpedoes towards the horizon as the speedo caresses 180kmph plus. The sense of urgency is there but one will not feel it much until one looks at the speedo. What is even better is that the steering is light, yet offers good feedback which allows the driver to enjoy corners.ALSO READ:Ducati Multistrada 1200S gets you lots of attention wherever you take it Among the mere mortals wafted in the mercedes-maybach s600 and the jaws started dropping. Speaking of corners, we must mention here that the S600 is also a dollop of fun around corners. The only thing one needs to do is to put it in Sport mode as a result of which the suspension becomes firmer and so does the steering setup. Around the ghats of Lonavala, this big saloon car felt agile and ever so ready to attack corners. However one has to be careful about its width.Last but not the least there are a plethora of safety equipment on board to save the owner. Front airbags, window bags, side bags, cushion bags and what not. Bottom-line it’s one of the safest sedans to be in and definitely the place to be in case of a crash. VerdictALSO READ: The Bajaj V15: Patriotic stripesIt is not every day that one gets to experience something as rich as the Maybach. But let me tell you that few cars can match up to the luxury it offers. Be it the seats or the insulation. Be it the engine or the way it powers through, the Maybach is on top of its game. In short, if you are a decision maker, a statesman, or a tycoon, the Maybach is a car you should have.last_img read more