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JAN MOIR: This Vegan Bake Off Row Reveals Britain’s Bubbling Cauldron Of Hate

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Gentle vegan Freya Cox must have thought to herself, ‘Appearing on The Great British Bake Off? What could go wrong?’

I’ll brush up on my whisks, I’ll show off my vegan baking skills, maybe encourage more viewers to go the vegan route.

I move on with my life, maybe even become a better person, a happier person, a more fulfilled person. Above all, someone who has shed light on the terrible complications of making tasty cakes without key ingredients like butter, eggs, milk and even honey.

Because Freya is one who believes she can alleviate animal suffering by advertising on national television baked goods made with alternative, non-dairy ingredients. Everything fine? Not so fast, young lady! After all, this is Great Britain 2021.

Gentle vegan Freya Cox must have thought to herself, ‘Appearing on The Great British Bake Off? What could go wrong?’

This is where micro-aggressions bubble and stew in the cauldron of hatred, where fanatics sweat the little things and fanatics trample the middle ground in their attempt to reach the moral high ground.

And that can grind a girl, if she’s not careful.

Every week in Bake Off (C4) there is a technical challenge, where all participants have to use exactly the same ingredients. You can’t substitute anything for a vegan alternative, or what’s the point?

In week one, the bakers had to make a malt loaf with eggs. Of course Freya didn’t want to use eggs – the humble hen’s daily bounty is against her creed.

But she made her egg-fortified bread anyway, because she didn’t want to spoil the show. She knew this would happen, so she uploads “vegan” versions of these recipes to her website every week to show that it can be done.

At 19, Freya is the youngest participant in this year’s Bake Off and really, all credit to her for coming up with a workable and sensible solution to this dilemma.

Except it didn’t work. In these times of triggering and eager transgression, there can be no surrender and no compromise. Yes, even if we are only talking about a cake.

Every week in Bake Off (C4) there is a technical challenge, where all participants have to use exactly the same ingredients.  You can't substitute anything for a vegan alternative, or what's the point?

Every week in Bake Off (C4) there is a technical challenge, where all participants have to use exactly the same ingredients. You can’t substitute anything for a vegan alternative, or what’s the point?

Animal welfare organization Peta is outraged at Bake Off, calling the decision to allow Freya to use eggs “shameful” because it could force participants to “violate their ethical, religious or other principles.”

The Vegan Society stated that by welcoming a vegan baker for the first time, the show should have ensured that vegan products were used on every job. Ridiculous!

Perhaps worst of all, in the social media cesspools, other vegans mocked Freya for having no principles, for staying on the show rather than refusing to participate.

But if she had, none of us would have learned how to make her vegan raspberry and lemon mini sandwiches. Judge Prue Leith thought they were “a little hefty” – but that’s vegan baking for you.

Poor Freya was even criticized online for riding horses as a hobby, which is another example of horrific animal cruelty according to hardcore vegans.

Wait for these joyless extremists to discover that millions of Britons are taking captive pets known as “doggies” for “walkies” every day. And that said, doggies often wear collars and restraints. Sometimes they are even forced to fetch sticks; Isn’t such forced labor a violation of the Canine Rights Act?

What’s wrong with everyone? What happened to common sense? Sometimes the lack of respect or acceptance of views that differ from yours is downright depressing. Everyone seems so angry all the time.

In recent weeks there have been fights at the gas station to buy gasoline that is not scarce in the first place. Protesters have glued themselves to highways to draw attention to the lack of insulation in British homes, even though they have not bothered to insulate their own.

At the Conservative Party conference, Iain Duncan Smith was allegedly beaten in the head with a plastic cone and assaulted by five people, who have since been arrested.

Once upon a time activists encountered politicians whose views did not align with their own, perhaps passed with a cheerful tip of the hat and a wry admission of opposing beliefs. Those days are over.

In these times of triggering and eager transgression, there can be no surrender and no compromise.  Yes, even if we are only talking about a cake.

In these times of triggering and eager transgression, there can be no surrender and no compromise. Yes, even if we are only talking about a cake.

So many are so convinced of the moral superiority of their argument that debate or disagreement is now routinely replaced by raging trolls or statue-tumbling rage.

All Freya Cox does is try to educate viewers on the mystery of vegan baking – and I’m grateful for her efforts, for example, believing that life is too short to use chickpea water aquafaba instead of protein in a recipe, but willing to be convinced otherwise.

Speaking of cruelty to animals, my vegan pies weren’t fit to be put in a nose bag and fed to a horse.

We all know, because ethical vegans always tell us that their lifestyle choice is about much more than just diet. It’s about minimizing damage as much as possible, which extends to animals as well as the environment — but not, it seems, fellow vegans who stir their displeasure.

On the surface of sultana kernels, this is pretty much like a pie in a TV show, but it’s also about so much more. And none of that good.

Everyone needs good neighbors like Kylie

Kylie Minogue returns to Australia after living in London for 30 years. Oh no! Say it is not so.

This is terrible news, worse than the ravens leaving the tower or the red buses getting a blue makeover. Even her local restaurant reached out to say, “Kylie, please don’t go.” That says everything you need to know about the good-natured pop princess.

Do I need to rejoice all of you about the time I met her at the local Italian deli and thought she was a friend of a friend? We had a nice chat about mozzarella, and I didn’t realize who she was until I got home. It was a joy to have Kylie around; it was always heartwarming to think she was around, a firefly in a jam jar on our gritty streets.

At 53, however, she’s decided she wants to be close to her family in Oz — even if that means leaving her boyfriend here. Age brings not only wisdom, but also the clarity to know what really matters. Have a nice trip, friend!

Universities let students get away with bad spelling and grammar because they don’t want to appear ‘elitist’, or should that be ‘elitist’? If the uni bosses had their way, no one would know the difference. And it wouldn’t matter if they did. Except it does.

The higher education watchdog Office for Students has said this lax attitude towards spelling and grammar must stop, not least because it is “patronising” to expect less of underprivileged students. Thank God. And isn’t it criminal to put them at an even greater disadvantage for the rest of their lives? If people can’t use the English language well, why study in the first place?

Surely students themselves wouldn’t want to waste their time being coddled and condescending instead of being stretched, pushed and taught?

It’s a shame that universities cite equality laws as a reason not to discount students for poor writing skills. If it continues like this, no one will learn nuffink.

Here’s a loaded question: Who’s spending all this money?

A Ferrari showroom in west London has two of its £375,000 supercars in its window – and both have sold decals on the hoods.

The Ritz hotel’s dining room is practically fully booked from now until January, while the new Nusr-Et restaurant in Knightsbridge does a stellar trade in £600 steaks with all the gold leaf trimmings your conscience can swallow.

Someone is saving, but who?

Brooklyn is a crazy sausage

Chef Escoffier said to keep it simple. But there are limits. And Brooklyn Beckham trying to launch herself as an international gastronomic sensation by making a bacon butt on television is my rule in the sandwich.

On The Today Show, the unwitting Brooklyn showed millions of Americans how to make an egg, sausage and bacon snack—a bread delicacy he claims was taught by his great-grandmother.

It was embarrassing to watch this affable but charismatic, talentless idiot scurry around with a frying pan and then try to pick up a fried egg with a pair of kitchen tongs, almost tragically.

As a nation, our culinary reputation in America is already at an all-time low, and Brooklyn’s insider tip for cutting a sausage in half “to make it cook better” couldn’t have helped.

Friendly host Hoda Kotb tried to be encouraging. “I love that,” she said, as Brooklyn wiped the grease off his slices with a square dish towel. He is so gifted!

Careers as a model and photographer haven’t worked for Brooklyn – how many glamor trades does he have to go through before giving up and getting a good job?

Hankies at the ready. Sir Peter Bottomley says MPs find it ‘desperately difficult’ to survive on £82,000 a year. sob. The MP for Worthing West must retire soon or he would never have dared to say such a thing and jeopardized his majority. How aloof can he be to complain in a week when poor households in the UK lost a £20 a week booster to their benefit. “It’s grim,” he said, but he was talking about MPs, not them. Bottomley believes MPs’ salaries should be aligned with GPs’ salaries of around £110,000. He said it’s a high-pressure job that takes up too much free time. You could say the same about police officers, firefighters, nurses and caretakers – who earn a fraction of the MPs’ wages. Neither of them has an expense account. Few people believe with good reason that MPs give us value for money. And if, please sir, they want some more, may I suggest that now is not the time to ask?

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