When was the last time you made afternoon tea?
I don’t just mean running late with lunch, but actual afternoon tea, with scones and cake, and sandwiches with the crusts cut off?
These days, it’s a meal that’s usually reserved for tourists in overpriced London hotels, but thanks to Mary Berry, it could make a comeback in a big way as she uses it to launch her new six-part series.
Flying solo for the first time, the Bake Off judge is playing the granny card here for all it’s worth.
Those little girls sitting around her table in her idyllic garden setting?
They haven’t been hired from some child-casting agency; they’re her actual granddaughters and they’ll be making orange butterfly cakes with her later on.
“You can definitely taste the orange,” says one of them, which proves that you’re never too young to sound like you’re a judge on a cookery show.
With years of experience under her remarkably small belt (how does she do it?), Mary has loads of useful tips – whether it’s what fillings to put in your sandwiches so they’ll stay fresh the next day, how to do perfect feather icing, or making your own strawberry jam.
Not everybody could get away with showing off a set of pastry cutters that they have had for more than 50 years.
But when Mary does it, you don’t automatically think, “Chuck them away, you mad hoarder, and buy yourself some new ones,” but: “How very organised!”
Although perhaps admitting that she keeps her cooking chocolate in her tights drawer is a step too far.