LEEDS’s own Great British Bake Off semi-finalist Nadiya Hussain has revealed her mission to prove herself as a Briton as well as a baker.
“Originally, I was a bit nervous that people would look at me, a Muslim in a headscarf, and wonder if I could bake,” she said.
“But I hope that week by week people have realised that I can bake - and just because I’m not a stereotypical British person, it doesn’t mean that I am not into bunting, cake and tea.
“I’m just as British as anyone else, and I hope I have proved that.
“he feedback I have had reveals how accepting people are of different cultures and religions.
“Now people know who I am, I can see how tolerant and accepting British society is.”
The stay-at-home mum, who is studying for an Open University degree, lives in Leeds.
She told the Radio Times: “My family is from Bangladesh, and we don’t really have desserts in our culture.
“If there are sweet things to eat, they are eaten as a snack beforehand.
“But once I started to make desserts, crumbles and pies at home, it caught on.
“Now my family always expect one!”
The 30-year-old’s facial expressions have been a highlight of this series among Bake Off fans, inspiring a tumblr called “The Many Faces of Nadiya Appreciation Blog”, which aims to celebrate the contestant’s “many and varied facial expressions”.
Nadiya, who has been baking for ten years, even has her own Reddit thread in which fans comment on her frowns, smiles, looks of fear and wide-eyed reactions.
“I think I have the sort of face that always looks really nervous,” she said.
The semi-final of the Great British Bake Off airs on Wednesday, September 30 at 8pm on BBC One.