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Mary Berry’s 1970s Cooking Segments Might Just Make Your Day

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If you’re still tending to the gangrenous wound that is Mary Berry’s impending absence from the next season of The Great British Bake Off, don’t worry. I’ve found a good salve.

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I just came across this trove of old videos of Berry cooking, and they’re a total delight. As some television watchers decades older than me may remember, Berry, now 82, got her start on variety shows on the BBC and ThamesTV, including a variety show called Good Afternoon! that aired the 1970s.

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ThamesTV’s YouTube channel has a nice catalog of these cookery segments, where Berry displays the same tart charisma that’s made a whole new generation fall under her spell on The Great British Bake Off. They're a window into another era that I, a millennial who fetishizes the 1970s, wish I lived through. I daresay I like these better than The Great British Bake Off. I'm hooked.

Slade's pie:

Named after a woman named Mrs. Slade.

Turkey mayonnaise:

Uh, have you ever turned your turkey into turkey mayo? Please let me know in the comments. I'm serious.

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Simnel cake:

A fruitcake with almond paste that, somehow, sounds better than any I've ever had.

Mussels stuffed with snail butter:

The butter is green!

Fish pâté:

Perhaps the most charming video—she sticks some fish in a blender!

Have a favorite Mary Berry cooking segment? Let us know in the comments.

Tags: mary berry, great british bake off