Maybe it is because we are all obsessed with kitchens here at Beau-Port Kitchens, that every time we see a kitchen featured on a TV programme we are looking at it with our professional eyes. One of the most attractive kitchens I have seen on TV in recent times has been the one used by the delicious Paul Hollywood and the delightful Mary Berry on their ‘Easter Master Class’ programme recently.
I thought it looked familiar and suddenly realised that the kitchen had been featured on the front of one of my favourite magazines ‘The English Home’.
I had to do a quick check out of the background details – yes the same AGA, the same dark granite worktops, the same painted wood, taps and ornamental objects scattered around this beautiful kitchen which is at Rockley Manor in Wiltshire and is used for all sorts of interesting events and as a film location, probably one of the most tastefully decorated places I have ever seen, available for weddings, functions and lots of other fun events which I would love to attend – frankly I would love to just move into the place and live in such refined elegance – preferably with the dough kneading Mr Hollywood!
With all the great food programmes currently on the TV, it is easy to become just an ‘armchair’ cook – but there is something quite reassuring about the way baking has come back into fashion. There is nothing more welcoming than coming back home to the smells of fresh bread baking or a Victoria sponge straight out of the oven. Mr Hollywood and Mrs Berry have encouraged a nation to get out their baking bowls, roll up their sleeves to sift, blend and knead. Paul Hollywood claims kneading bread is even a cure for the dreaded ‘bingo wings’ on the arms – he obviously does not have that problem! I think he has a point – baking in the comfort of our own kitchens can be much more fun than a trip to the gym.