So this happened on The Great British Bake Off last night:
Sue: “Tamal’s chosen a recipe that has been close to his heart for years.”
What would it be? Something that reminded him of baking at home with his mum? A recipe that’s been passed down from generation to generation? One that’s a family secret, one he’s been dying to share with the nation… nope.
Tamal: “This is basically inspired by a sandwich that I had.”
All. The. Feels.
TAMAL HAS A TOP SANDWICH OF HIS LIFE THAT HE THINKS ABOUT A LOT
— alfie. (@moonewater) September 9, 2015
It’s not just any sandwich. Goodness no. This was one of the top two sandwiches of his whole life. Oh yeah, he totally has a sandwich scale.
But which sandwich filling could possibly result in this wistful gaze, I hear you cry?
“It was a pork sandwich and they fried the meat with the fennel and rosemary…” Tamal explained.
“I think about that sandwich quite a lot…” he added, with an expression that would be just as at home on the face of a groom watching his wife-to-be walk down the aisle.
But Tamal didn’t need to just think about that sandwich anymore. He could replicate it inside a vol-au-vent for the delectation of Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.
There’s already a pretty vocal Team Tamal online. But this was just the icing on the cake (or rather the filling in the sandwich).
A lot of people are pretty sure Tamal is actually their soulmate
"This sandwich I had once.. One of the top two sandwiches of my life. I think about that sandwich often." Tamal you are my soulmate #gbbo
— Louise Bond (@bond_louise) September 9, 2015
"This bake is inspired by a sandwich I had a few years ago". Tamal is my soulmate. #gbbo
— Fiona Longmuir ? (@EscapologistFi) September 9, 2015
"It's in my top two sandwiches of all time" "I think about that sandwich a lot" I can really relate to Tamal
— Charlotte (@chrltsmnr) September 9, 2015
Oh man, Tamal has strong feelings about a sandwich he ate once. I knew he was the one for me. #GBBO
— The Katie (@knives_chau) September 9, 2015
"And I think about that sandwich quite a lot" Tamal is me. I am Tamal.
— Gen Williams (@GenWilliams_) September 9, 2015
Obviously this happened
— Shell (@shells_twits) September 9, 2015
It’s Tamal for the win now, right?
— Ioan Marc Jones (@ioanmarcjones) September 9, 2015
Tamal's sandwich story has just endeared him to me forever. Forever. #GBBO
— Hannah (@hannahkaty) September 9, 2015
We definitely all need a little trip to Planet Tamal
"This is inspired by a sandwich I had a few years ago" Planet Tamal is a nice place. #gbbo
— What duck? (@geeoharee) September 9, 2015
We’re absolutely all waiting for this
One day someone will think of me with the same emotions as Tamal just spoke about that sandwich #gbbo
— lazy baby (@helenin) September 9, 2015
The question of course is, what was the other top sandwich..?
Can’t believe Tamal only told us about one of his top two best sandwiches ever. What was the other sandwich, T-Dog? #GBBO
— jc (@jjjjoooonnnn) September 10, 2015
The Great British Bake Off continues next Wednesday at 8:00pm on BBC1
Paul Hollywood will be talking all things baking at the Radio Times Festival. You can buy tickets here.