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  1. It took me a second or two to figure out what a "mil-foy" was supposed to be (perhaps a side branch of the Harry Potter villainous family). At least the judges pronounced "mille-feuille" correctly (unsurprisingly considering their background) but you would think that the CBC could have spent a few minutes for coaching the hosts into how to say the words correctly in the country's other official language. The narrator was inconsistent and got it both wrong and right. Sabrina works with so much so concentration that she was startled twice during this episode! I was surprised to see James leave after the judges were so complimentary on his various flavour profiles and he won the technical. I suppose his showstopper was considered well below standards. I do not much like croquembouches since they can be quite a bother to take apart to get a single serving, especially if a lot of caramel has been used to glue the choux together. I prefer individuals profiteroles or choux; they are much easier to handle and just as good, although not as spectacular of course. Since the layers of a mille-feuille tend to break apart, I feel they need something of uniform density to hold them together like a crème patissière. Fruits and uneven gobs of garnishes tend to make things more awkward when you try to cut it and it's then more difficult to obtain bites that retain some structural integrity instead of being an all-over mess. If the results are too tall, it compounds the problem. It's not even required but it's become a tradition for many. Some bakeries use various other decorations like gold leaves for example. They can be very nice to look at but if you dislike coffee, as I do, then they are just something to admire for the glazed finish and garnishes. It was a nice surprise for the CBC to broadcast a British Christmas Special from a few years back rigth after this episode and it made for an interesting contrast. Even when he is trying to be nice and complimentary, Paul Hollywood can come across as a condescending ass and he is so very much set in his gustatory ways. Mary Berry, Rochelle Adonis and Bruno Feldeisen would make a great cross-over team of judges.
  2. Taking responsibility for the predictable consequences of your life choices, including going back to school part or full time, goes hand-in-hand with another factor I mentioned earlier i.e. having the financial means to support those choices. The defendant which launched this little discussion was lacking on both fronts and was one of those professional victims who blame other people (especially her sister) and society for the bad situation they themselves created.
  3. The mother's choices and decisions are certainly very debatable and even reprehensible, but the son and daughter-in-law are not much better. The latter comes across as a walking doormat with the words "Wipe you feet on me, again, again and again" printed on her back. She really deserves her spineless hubby. So the entitled bride wished the photographer to compensate her for her computer incompetence and general stupidity, as well as her inflated expectations that go well above the budget for their wedding. I wouldn't even have given her the measly amount MM did in her ruling.
  4. Some people get degrees because they like acquiring new knowledge or engaging in different intellectual pursuits, not necessarily because it will help them advance in their jobs. If they have the required disposable income, why not? Other people plunk down big hunks of change on monster trucks, travel or regular visits to the casinos. Might as well spend your money, if you can afford it, on things that you find enjoyable. The argument that they like the reassurance of good benefits or job security in their present job is a good one I think since these are working conditions many workers would envy; good thing for an employer if it provides an environment that facilitates retaining such employees in a situation that gives them the means to pursue activities close to their heart. Learning does not always imply a utilitarian finality.
  5. I am not a big fan of gingerbread sculptures; I prefer ginger cookies or pastry to be on the chewy side, while for structural reasons such assemblages require a dough that is too crispy for my taste. However, I was appreciative of what some of the cooks achieved, epecially James; his lines were so clean and straight, he did not have to resort to masking them over with big glops of icing as most cooks usually do because they are uneven. It often makes things look sloppy, as it did with Terri and Sabrina (who probably was overambitious with her plans for a gingerbread Rockefeller Center). Vandana's tree house was also rather elegant. Linda and James achieved excellent bark effects by different techniques. They also brought an interesting diversity to both filling and cake, which are so often limited to the standard choices of chocolate and white icing or jelly. I think I had kugelachs once or twice at a friend's Chanukah parties, but the latkas were the star of the evening so I mostly remember them. I may now try my hand at this pastry, although perhaps with something else than apricot filling since I don't really like that fruit, even though it may be too much of a departure from tradition for some people (I am thinking of using figs or dates).
  6. In one of the episodes, one baker (I cannot remember which) mentioned the research and practice she had time to do on one of the week's assigned recipes. Which leads me to assume that as in the UK version, they are told of the first and third weekly assignments, but that they do not go home each week. Not only would it be costly and impractical, but also unfair because the ones living closer to the site of the taping would spend less time traveling and would have an advantage in preparation over those from the West or East coasts. Of course, it begs the question of how they get all of the accessories used for the presentation and display, which I understood are sometimes their personal property. Is there is a common prop room or perhaps they have enough lead time to ask for some items to be shipped from home when they learn what they will have to bake and present?
  7. He is one of many litigants who think that by loudly or visibly proclaiming their special status, they are establishing from the start their unassailable morality and the veracity of their testimony to come. This includes pastors and missionaries, self-proclaimed churchgoers ("see the big-ass cross I am wearing around my neck!"), animal rescue people ("my dog is a rescue, so any accusations against him are victimizing him further"), former and present military personel, single mothers of throngs of kiddies who think society owes them a boatload, etc. I usually take it as a red flag that there is a good chance, but not a certainty, that they should be doubted at every word. He is the poster child for vexatious litigants, looking for the most minor and silly reason to bring a case to court. I guess this is how they find their kicks in an otherwise empty life. At first I could not decide if that it his usual everyday behaviour of if it was an act he was putting on (after all, he knows he does not have to pay for any award and he already got a free trip under his belt so why not have some fun?). In the end I chose the former. I think that when MM called him back into court, she did not really expect he would behave differently but decided, perhaps with prodding from her producers, that they could not pass on the opportunity to create another good TV moment.
  8. I think this little doggie may not be long for this Earth; one false move while petting it and she will shred it to pieces with her claws. I also like a good meaty and interesting contract case. i.e. everything this one was not. I wonder how much of the crucial information about the company still doing business with supposedly fired employees was in the filing documents, so MM dragged it out well past a foregone conclusion.
  9. In many fields of activities you find those self-appointed guardians of some self-defined orthodoxy that they want everyone to conform to. It may be more prevalent in a milieu like animal rescue, where self-righteous pretentions of moral superiority seem frequent, at least judging from TV court shows litigants. The plaintiff also had a streak of it. If the defendant had brought something, anything, amounting to a shadow of proof or testimony, she might have had a chance not to look like a meddlesome busybody making gratuitous and arbitrary accusations relying on hearsay and suppositions. Examples of standards of practice established by a credible body and evidence that the plaintiff's operations deviated from these would have been useful, if they exist.
  10. I am not quite sure that is correct; I have been in homes where the post-nicotine smell was persistent even after painting over. So the special primer may have some use and she was correctly charged for it. That old lady seemed typical of the "I do not care" tenant who lets dust and dirt accumulate (like that disgusting window sill, to which MM declared she believed she had found the cause of the plaintiff's breathing problems) or does patchwork repairs without telling the landlord (like the duct tape around the ceiling fan); they tolerate it because it is their own personal filth and mess, plus she probably knows that many people will let it slide because of her age. She is typical of a certain species of bad tenant; each time I see a specimen like that, I a glad I was never put in a position to consider becoming a landlord or renting out part of my house, which might have exposed me to people like that.
  11. I appreciate a good high tea once in a while, but I do not like it to be too busy. Vandana's seemed too fussy and ostentatious for my tastes. I feel she often overdoes it as far as decorating and colors. Restraint and simplicity do not seem to be words in her vocabulary. Trifle is different; its basic principle is excess, but again some of the cooks did not seem to know up to where it's reasonable to go too far.
  12. I think the reasoning is that having your dog on a leash is not sufficient; you must be able to keep complete control of it at all times. Having to attend to both your kids and a big dog is a recipe for disaster, as demonstrated here. I agree though that some allegations were left unresolved that could have led to a shared liability verdict.
  13. Either the defendant was a complete innocent as far as the basic rules of business and thus should not be allowed to run any company of any size, or she was just playing dumb in trying to find a way to weasel out of her obligations. When you buy a business or a clients list, there never is a guarantee that every customer of the former owner will decide to retain your services. There often is a very strong personal aspect to a customer-provider relationship; if it does not click, you cannot force it to. The fact that so few customers, if any, decided to remain with her makes me suspect she may not be that good of a businesswoman anyway and that she is a major reason for her failure. There were obviously many things wrong with the apartment as the plaintiff left it. If she was not able to keep it in good order, she should have hired a cleaning service; her age is not an acceptable excuse not to dust or clean up or hire someone to do it. Nor is the fact that she was a long-standing tenant, as MM tried to argue, even though she described the apartment as "filthy" or words to that effect; not the first time she argues from her emotions but then rules from her brains. It's a commercial relationship, no matter how well-behaved the tenant appeared to be for most of her stay, and it should be treated as such. Landlord was overreaching a bit as most landlords seem to do in those cases, probably in expectation that she would bring formal action against his list of repairs and cleanup so he wanted to leave some room for the judge to claw back on his claim. However, he was reasonable enough not to charge her for the actual painting but only for the special primer necessary because of her heavy smoking for most of her stay there. So he was not really as greedy as MM tried to paint him. The issue of the pet and whether it was allowed or not was left hanging I believe.
  14. Some people appear to lead lives that are enormously more eventful and dramatic than mine; and I do not envy them one bit based on that description. Although she does sound like good potential material for an appearance in JJ's courtroom or on other TV court shows.
  15. When the change was made in the Province of Québec in the early 80s, the reason given was to erase a practice that made a woman's identity subversient to her husband's. You can still get a name change, but only in very exceptional circumstances (e. g. a name too difficult to pronounce or write in French or English, a name open to ridicule, etc.), but they are not granted often, and just about never for reasons of marriage or "family unity". I am sure however that authorities thought that the reduction in the administrative workload was a positive side benefit. Although citizens are required to use their birth names in exercising their civic rights (passports, income tax, employment records, etc.), they are free to do what they want in their social life, like hyphenate the two names or take their spouse's. A good example is our Prime Minister's wife: Sophie Grégoire is her legal name, but she is most often referred as "Grégoire-Trudeau" in media stories, I suppose to avoid the possibility that people might think our PM is living "in sin". Politics is still a conservative milieu: our previous PM's wife, who used to go by her maiden name before he got elected, changed it to "Harper" when he got into office. Reportedly, Grégoire does not like being called only "Sophie Trudeau", as U.S. media tend to do. What would motivate someone to change her name so often? Was she trying out some fancy spellings that are supposed to appear so sophisticated, like so many litigants' parents did when they were naming their newborns?