GBBS: A 99-Word Flash Fiction

This week over at Carrot Ranch ( ), the prompt was to write a story about a cooking show in 99 words (no more, no less), and to go where the prompt took you.

As a general rule, this pedometer geek will admit that my cooking and baking skills are rather limited. Although I used to make yeast breads and rolls, I am not above using cake mixes, and I don’t watch many cooking shows except for one, and that was where the story prompt took me,


Weekly, Julia watched mesmerized as twelve amateur bakers were whittled down to the best baker during this reality cooking show. Each baker was tasked with making baked goods based upon the theme.

There were three timed challenges: the Signature Bake, a special themed recipe that the contestant was comfortable preparing; the Technical Challenge, which consisted of one of the judge’s tricky recipes.  Ingredients and minimal instructions were given to each baker, prepared, and then blindly judged; and the Showstopper, an over-the-top concoction.

Julia was most impressed with the unique flavor combinations, the imaginative designs, and each baker’s baking skills.

~Nancy Brady, 2021

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About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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10 Responses to GBBS: A 99-Word Flash Fiction

  1. Jules says:

    I’ve watched some baking shows. Adults and children and some of the final results are quite amazing!

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    • Me, too. If you can’t tell from the title, what I am describing is The Great British Baking Show, which was first seen on PBS. I truly was impressed by their feats of baking prowess. The first year one of the contestants was only 17 years old; Martha was only eliminated in one of the last shows for the season. What was truly cool about the show was that the bakers were pleasant and even helpful to the other contestants. Have you seen it? I think it is now shown of Netflix, but we don’t subscribe.

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  2. Yes, they do…they use the metric system, it seems. Ironic, really, as the US never really converted and use the English system of measurements. 😉


  3. Norah says:

    That’s quite a challenge, Nancy. Well done!

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  4. I like cooking shows but have never watched any baking shows. Baking intimidates me because it’s like it has too much science involved with different ingredients necessary to do different things. Box mixes fix all of that!

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    • Overall, I rarely watch either baking or cooking shows because I am a lazy cook. I make it simple (box mixes work for me, too< Michael). This particular show is fascinating to me. I am not sure I could make any of the things they do, but I love to watch them do it. .

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  5. Norah, this is about the only reality show that I watch (and now, I only watch re-runs because I refuse to pay money to watch it). I used to watch DWTS, but I don’t watch that any more. I find it fascinating because despite the fact that the people may be in competition, but they are nice to their fellow competitors. They generally seem to root for all to do well. ~nan


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