What I’ve Been Binging: Zumbo’s Just Desserts

A topic that I have not very thoroughly discussed in this bog is where I live.  I do think that on the contacts, or about the author page I mention that I live in New England.   I do, but actually in the more southern part in Connecticut.  To give you a little background, I was born in Connecticut, lived only for six years in Massachusetts when I was married, and returned after the divorce.  I am a tried and true Nutmeg-er.

It is an accepted truth in our area that it will at some point in the winter become so cold that the air will feel as if it is burning you face.  In some of the more northern climates there is a lot of snow fun and fun outdoor activities to participate in, but down here we mostly get a little snow and a LOT of cold and ice.

We also get a LOT of winter illnesses.  So far this winter, I have suffered and asthma flare, and Joker has gotten a Flu-like (but negative for flu) virus that left him incapacitated for nearly a week.

Not surprising then that during this time of year, we tend to hole up in the house staying away from people and the cold.  (Yes, we do tend to gain a few pounds… it insulates us).  Mostly, we do home improvement projects (more on that later) and catch up on watching hours of Netflix.

Which brings me to the original purpose of this post.  What I am binge watching!  Which has been for us the past few weeks:

Photo from https://usa.newonnetflix.info/info/80204927/s

It’s not a secret that Joker and I like to watch baking shows, and this was no exception.  As always, I am late to the party.  This was filmed in 2016 in Australia, but since it is only JUST NOW being released to us in the states, I don’t feel terribly bad about being late to the party.

They make a lot of parallels between the host Adriano Zumbo and Willie Wonka, and I find this to be an apt comparison.  Much like the fictional candy maker, Zumbo’s mind works on creative levels that us little people will never understand.  Plus they both have colorful factories (so what if Zumbo’s was a set), and the end of the alphabet crazy last name.

There are so many things I like about this show.  Firstly, they are all amateur bakers.  So you have a group of people from stay at home mums, to brick layers, to insurance brokers, and beyond.  They face two tasks each week, which is to make an original dessert, and the bottom two have to recreate a Zumbo dessert.

Photo from https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/3bwpwj/judging-zumbos-just-desserts-contestants-purely-on-their-press-photos

This is one of the desserts they have to recreate, and when they cut the igloo in half there are at least 15 layers of different flavors inside.  Don’t fret too much, they give them a 52 page recipe so they can complete the task in anywhere from 3-4 hours depending on the challenge.

While I love watching professional bakers, I do enjoy watching the amateurs more.  They make mistakes, and have a lot to learn.  Week after week, we see them improve, and that’s just a really cool thing.

Oh and did I mention the prize?  The winner gets $100,000, and they have one of their original desserts featured in his store.  Pretty cool.  Aussies apparently don’t mess around with their competitions (and I thought that Americans had the most obscene prizes – after watching the the Great British Baking Show were contestants competed for a platter over a 3 month period.

So, if you are in a place like me where the air is too cold to breath, I highly recommend that you check this out.

That’s all for now.

~Lenora

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