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MasterChef star slams Andy Allen’s “frustrating” feedback

<p><span>The new </span><em>MasterChef Australia</em><span> judges have been receiving plenty of praise from fans.</span></p> <p><span>But eliminated contestant Chris Badenoch isn’t entirely impressed by Andy Allen, who won the 2012 season of the cooking show.</span></p> <p><span>Speaking to </span><em>News.com.au</em><span>, Chris criticised the judge and said his feedback “makes no sense” – and even compared it to a speech by U.S. president Donald Trump.</span></p> <p><span>“It’s not feedback, it’s just a collection of words that make no sense,” he said.</span></p> <p><span>“He’s commented on things that I’ve cooked and when he’s walked away it’s like, ‘I have no idea what he said or what he meant.’ You almost need subtitles. I don’t get it!”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAAkdmNFLYb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAAkdmNFLYb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">So long, and thanks for all the fish 🐟 @masterchefau #masterchefau #masterchef #backtoloose #vego #vegetarian #yumsticks</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/chrisbadenoch/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Chris Badenoch</a> (@chrisbadenoch) on May 10, 2020 at 6:24am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Chris, who was the seventh to be eliminated from the new season, added that he didn’t have any problems with Melissa Leong or Jock Zonfrillo’s feedback but said Andy’s reminded him of Donald Trump.</span></p> <p><span>“It’s incredibly frustration. Jock or Melissa will give you a good critique … [but Andy] it’s not constructive,” he said.</span></p> <p><span>“It’s like a Trump speech; a whole lot of words that don’t match.”</span></p> <p><span>Chris did say that his comments shouldn’t be taken too seriously, adding: “It’s a reality TV show for Christ’s sake, have some fun!”</span></p> <p><span>Despite the criticism, Andy and his fellow judges have been a huge success on this years season of </span><em>MasterChef</em><span>.</span></p> <p><span>One fan wrote on Facebook that the show was “much better to watch” without the original judges, Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris.</span></p> <p><span>“No, don’t miss them at all. I love the new judges, the show is so far much better to watch,” they wrote.</span></p> <p><span>Another said the new hosts were “the freshness the show needed”.</span></p>

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Healthier sweet potato and spelt carbonara

<p><em><span>Recipe by Magdalena Roze for Australian Sweet Potatoes</span></em></p> <p><span>I</span>’<span>ve made this recipe for one serve because it</span>’<span>s the perfect meal to make for one when you have leftover sweet potato mash or puree. To cook for more people, simply double, triple etc the quantities. It can</span><span> also be easily adapted for vegetarians by simply omitting the bacon. In this healthier version of carbonara, I</span>’<span>m using delicious sweet potato as a substitute for cream, and wholesome spelt pasta.</span></p> <p><em><span>Serves 1</span></em></p> <p><strong><span>Ingredients:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li><span>100 grams spelt spaghetti</span></li> <li><span>1 tablespoon olive oil</span></li> <li><span>1 garlic clove, crushed</span></li> <li><span>30 grams bacon or pancetta, diced</span></li> <li><span>150 grams sweet potato, pureed</span></li> <li><span>30 grams parmesan cheese, grated</span></li> <li><span>1 whole free range egg, beaten</span></li> <li><span>Salt and pepper to season</span></li> </ul> <p><strong><span>Method:</span></strong></p> <ol> <li><span>Cook the spelt pasta according to the packet instructions, usually around 10 minutes, and reserve 2 tablespoons of the cooking water for your carbonara sauce.</span></li> </ol> <ol start="2"> <li><span>In the meantime, place the olive oil in a frying pan on medium heat, add the garlic and bacon/pancetta, and cook for about 5 minutes or until it</span>’<span>s crisp and golden, then set aside.</span></li> </ol> <ol start="3"> <li><span>Put the sweet potato, parmesan, egg and half the pancetta/bacon in a bowl. When the pasta is ready, remove it from the water with tongs and place it into the bowl along with a couple of tablespoons of the cooking water. Using the tongs or a couple of forks, toss the pasta with all the ingredients until it</span>’<span>s well coated and all ingredients are well combined. The hot pasta will lightly cook the egg.</span></li> </ol> <ol start="4"> <li><span>Top with remaining bacon/pancetta, extra parmesan and a generous amount of sea salt and freshly cracked pepper.</span></li> </ol> <ol start="5"> <li><span>Enjoy!</span></li> </ol>

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Masterchef judge Melissa Leong moved to tears after tasting dish

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>It was an emotional episode for Masterchef judge Melissa Leong who was overwhelmed with joy after tasting a Malaysian curry dish.</p> <p>She was overcome with emotion as she tasted contestant Poh Ling Yeow's dish as memories of Leong's mother's cooking came flooding back.</p> <p>Monday night's episode was a Mystery Box challenge which saw the top six creating dishes inspired by the colours of a Rubik's cube.</p> <p>Poh selected red which was represented by chilli on the plate and served up a chicken and potato curry paired with herbed fried rice, fried whitebait, red onion and chilli relish as well as a roti.</p> <p>Leong said that the food tasted like "home".</p> <p>“If you come from South East Asia, it’s a taste of home, if you come from somewhere else, it’s a taste of soul and history and heart, and that’s what we love about your food.”</p> <p>“The balance of flavour and the depth of flavour you’ve managed to achieve in 75 minutes it’s impressive, and I think you’ve done an incredible job honouring your heritage,” she said, her voice quavering.</p> <p>“I think it’s really special … and I’m really proud to eat food like this,” she said, lowering her head as her eyes filled with tears.</p> <p>“I’m actually crying with joy, and that doesn’t happen very often,” she explained.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">This is one dish that was made with an abundance of love 🧡 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterChefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterChefAU</a> <a href="https://t.co/iuixwCIHNF">pic.twitter.com/iuixwCIHNF</a></p> — masterchefau (@masterchefau) <a href="https://twitter.com/masterchefau/status/1277551821691604992?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 29, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Judge Jock Zonfrillo was curious and asked where the emotion came from.</p> <p>“What is it about that specifically that made you cry?” Jock kindly asked Melissa.</p> <p>“I really miss my mum, and this is food she cooks,” the magnetic star replied through tears.</p> <p>“The way she can honour the accuracy of the flavours and the textures is absolutely spot on … Regardless of your culture, what she put in to this cook, that’s what we look for here,” she said, referencing Poh.</p> <p>Poh's curry sent her straight through to the top three to battle it out for the coveted immunity pin alongside Laura, whose white dessert wowed and Reynold who made a moss-inspired sweet dish that surprised the judges.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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MasterChef viewers furious over Laura's win on "The Poh Show"

<p>MasterChef fans have erupted in a fit of rage after last night’s immunity challenge result, claiming Poh Ling Yeow was “robbed” by fellow South Aussie Laura Sharrad.</p> <p>Many viewers called out the judges for favouritism and claimed Laura was handed the win purely because she hadn’t won immunity previously and it made for a good storyline.</p> <p>It was tough competition, with judges Andy Allen, Jock Zonfrillo and Melissa Leong forced to pick between one “faultless” dish (Laura’s), and one extremely creative dish with a surprising result (Poh’s).</p> <p>But those watching at home were not happy with the decision.</p> <p>Given the task to cook with unknown ingredients, it was a random selection of bits and pieces for all three contestants; Callum Hann, Poh Ling Yeow and Laura Sharrad. </p> <p>But it was Poh who ended up with the most bizarre ingredients of all: Octopus, duck, persimmon, tarragon and yuzu.</p> <p>But she pulled through as she served a delightful smoked duck breast with ocotopus and yuzu emulsion and charred persimmon but was trumped by Laura’s tasty-looking brown butter roasted Moreton Bay bugs with Jerusalem artichoke and watercress oil.</p> <p>But while both dishes looked spectacular, viewers accused the judges of overlooking Poh’s creativity to reward Laura the pin simply because it was “her turn to win”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">They 100% picked Laura because she had never won immunity before. Like I said I would be, I am ANNOYED. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/masterchefau?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#masterchefau</a></p> — judge judgey (@tearobillot) <a href="https://twitter.com/tearobillot/status/1275379475920719872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 23, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterChefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterChefAU</a> Seems like Laura's win was clinched by the fact she has never won before. That is unfair on both her and Poh.</p> — 💧 Anne Smith (@samemniktom) <a href="https://twitter.com/samemniktom/status/1275380134111883265?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 23, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Of course they had to give it to Laura 🙄 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterChefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterChefAU</a> "Any other day Poh" - except for the day we decided before you entered the kitchen that we'd gift it to Laura</p> — CoburgGirl (@coburgirl) <a href="https://twitter.com/coburgirl/status/1275379707090010113?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 23, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Poh was def robbed of immunity today. Her dish was crazy creative 🙄 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterChefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterChefAU</a></p> — Christina ♡ (@cnguy3nx) <a href="https://twitter.com/cnguy3nx/status/1275380963455807488?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 23, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>In May, Poh spoke to Fitzy and Wippa, who asked: <span>“How are you feeling with the promotion of yourself on the show, because every week you seem to be in the promo – it’s all focused around you?”</span></p> <p>The contestant responded: “I would love to stay out of it a little bit more but I seem to keep getting myself into trouble.</p> <p>“I know there’s been a few comments about, ‘Oh, it’s The Poh Show,’ but it’s because I keep doing well and then doing badly,” she said. “It means I’m in all the cooks.”</p> <p>Poh, who finished runner-up in the first season of MasterChef back in 2009, has remained one of the show’s most popular contestants, and is a frontrunner for the Back to Win crown. </p>

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Poh Ling Yeow reveals the secret to perfectly scrambled eggs

<p><span>Cooking scrambled eggs may seem like a fairly simple task, but it’s so easy to get it wrong.</span></p> <p><span>Thankfully, </span><em>MasterChef<span> </span></em><span>star Poh Ling Yeow has shared her recipe for the perfect scrambled eggs.</span></p> <p><span>She admits there are “many school of thought on this”, but she insists her way is the best. </span></p> <p><span>“First of all, I’m actually going to put the heat on because one of the most important things about this method is a super hot pan,” Poh said in a </span><em>MasterChef</em><span> video.</span></p> <p><span>After slathering some butter on the pan, she was ready to get started.</span></p> <p><span>“What you want to look for is the butter to be foaming like it is,” she said.</span></p> <p><span>“And then it will start to die down a bit and that’s when you know it’s just starting to caramelise. “And we like that, because that’s flavour.”</span></p> <p><span>Other ingredients you will need are eggs, cream, salt and pepper.</span></p> <p><span>“Start off with three eggs if you’re a piggy like me,” she said.</span></p> <p><span>“About a third of a cup of cream. If you want to be super indulgent you can probably do half.”</span></p> <p><span>Before she whisked the eggs, she also added a generous amount of black pepper and salt.</span></p> <p><span>Only once the butter had begun to bubble was Poh happy to put the eggs in.</span></p> <p><span>“When the eggs hit the pan you do want to hear a little sizzle. Just a little one,” she said.</span></p> <p><span>“Right away you should see the edges start to cook.”</span></p> <p><span>This is where Poh revealed the secret to perfect eggs and also mentioned the one thing people often get wrong with this simple dish.</span></p> <p><span>“The trick to this is to resist the temptation to agitate it (the eggs) too much,” she said.</span></p> <p><span>“You want these beautiful silken folds, not a scrambled mess.”</span></p> <p><span>With a laugh, she added: “Even though it’s called scrambled eggs.”</span></p> <p><span>She said there was a fine line between making sure the bottom of the eggs did not caramelise, but also not over mixing the eggs.</span></p> <p><span>Poh recommended to tip the pan so the raw egg mix could coat the rest, adding more flavour.</span></p> <p><span>She then added freshly chopped parsley and parmesan on top. </span></p> <p><span>“So you can see it’s really nice and glossy on top,” she said proudly.</span></p> <p><span>“And that’s how you can make cafe-style eggs at home, in the comfort of your kitchen, in your jocks.”</span></p>

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Sweet potato crusted shepherd’s pie

<p>Take out your casserole and try this recipe for the weekend.</p> <p><em>Serves 4 </em></p> <p><strong>Ingredients: </strong></p> <ul> <li>1kg sweet potato, peeled, diced</li> <li>150g butter</li> <li>Salt and black pepper</li> <li>3 tbsp olive oil</li> <li>1 onion, finely sliced</li> <li>1 carrot, finely diced</li> <li>1 stick celery, finely diced</li> <li>2 clove garlic, finely chopped</li> <li>500g lamb mince</li> <li>2 tbsp tomato paste</li> <li>2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce</li> <li>½ cup red wine, optional</li> <li>1 cup chicken stock</li> <li>1 x 400g tin tomato</li> <li>1 cup frozen peas</li> <li>½ cup grated cheddar cheese</li> <li>Green leaf salad, to serve</li> </ul> <p><strong>Method:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Steam or boil the sweet potato until cooked and soft then drain, mash and mix with the butter, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.</li> <li>Heat a medium saucepan over a high heat, add the olive oil, onion, carrot, celery, garlic and lamb.</li> <li>Season with a little salt and cook over a medium to high heat to colour the lamb and cook the vegetables, stirring to break up with a spoon as it is cooking. Add the tomato paste and continue to cook for another minute then add the Worcestershire sauce, red wine, chicken stock and tinned tomato and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for approx. 30 minutes.</li> <li>Preheat the oven to 190C. Adjust the seasoning of the lamb ragu then spoon the lamb mix into a baking dish, stir through the peas and top evenly with the mash sweet potato. Cover with the cheddar then bake for 15 -20 minutes before serving with a green salad if preferred.</li> </ol>

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MasterChef fans in tears over star's exit

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>MasterChef fans watched on in horror as they said goodbye to a fan favourite, "Dumpling King" Brendan Pang.</p> <p>Brendan hung up his apron after an intense two-round elimination, but no one was more shocked and saddened by his departure than his friend Reece.</p> <p>Brendan served up a seafood noodle creation after changing his plan to serve dumplings with at least one ingredient from the five display pantries, which were sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami.</p> <p>He was outdone by other competitors, including Reynold's duck with pickled beetroot and date puree as well as Tessa Boersma's scarlet prawns.</p> <p>The end result was emotional for Brendan and his friend Reece, as their banter quickly became a fan favourite on <em>Back To Win</em>.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAeJqQCAYUa/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAeJqQCAYUa/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">How can one person be so annoying @reecehignell 😭 #MasterChefAU</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/brendan_pang/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> BRENDAN PANG</a> (@brendan_pang) on May 21, 2020 at 6:07pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Are you more confident now than you were a month ago?” Jock Zonfrillo had asked.</p> <p>“I doubt myself a lot,” Brendan, who came ninth on <em>MasterChef</em> in 2018, said as his eyes welled.</p> <p>“It’s really hard coming back for a second time, but you guys have made it worthwhile,” he added with a whisper, desperately trying to fight back his tears.</p> <p>“Normally we love umami in bucketloads, but on a day that was all about balance, unfortunately, there was one dish that elevated it way too far above the others,” Jock explained when delivering the news.</p> <p>Responding, Brendan said: “I can’t feel anything right now,” prompting Melissa to issue an emotional farewell.</p> <p>“You came back to win with a very clear idea of who you are and what you want to cook, and you showed us that in spades.</p> <p>“We haven’t been standing here very long, but I am 100 per cent sure that we have eaten the best dumplings that this kitchen has ever seen,” she said, adding: “We feel a lot of love for you. You will be missed, and we cannot wait to come and see you when this is over.”</p> <p>Fans were sad over the departure.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I knew if he went out I’d be sad but ugh I’m just a blubbering mess. We’ll miss your sweet soft spoken commentary and mouth watering dishes <a href="https://twitter.com/brendan_pang?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@brendan_pang</a> 👏🏽👏🏽 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterchefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterchefAU</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/masterchefau?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@masterchefau</a></p> — Shanice (@lostgirl23) <a href="https://twitter.com/lostgirl23/status/1274662755107172352?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 21, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Can’t believe this is happening. My heart is breaking for Reece and Brendan both. I’m gonna miss seeing this two interacting on my screen, absolutely smashing toxic masculinity and celebrating platonic friendships with every witty banter exchanged <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterChefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterChefAU</a> <a href="https://t.co/MlWfbVpuNB">pic.twitter.com/MlWfbVpuNB</a></p> — Fiza Zali (@fizawanders) <a href="https://twitter.com/fizawanders/status/1274661458001838080?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 21, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Reece posted a sweet tribute on his Instagram, saying that he was "completely devastated to see you leave tonight".</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBslckrjzT1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBslckrjzT1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Cakeboi (@reecehignell)</a> on Jun 21, 2020 at 5:12am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Season 10 sisters for life. <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/audreys/" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">#audreys</a>," Reece wrote.</p> <p>"Completely devastated to see you leave tonight however, I know all the amazing things you have going for you back home. Your new cook book has me cooking Chinese every second night and <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/bumplingsperth/" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">@bumplingsperth</a> 🥟 is the hottest thing in Perth at the moment - cannot wait to come over and have my free dinners.</p> <p>"So grateful we got to do MasterChef together again - now go kill it!!!!🌈 Slay sis," Reece finished.</p> <p>Brendan runs a Chinese-Mauritian dumpling restaurant in Perth called Bumplings in Perth and has written a cookbook called <em>This is a Book about Dumplings</em>.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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House-bound shopper slams Woolworths over “unbelievable” delivery blunder

<p><span>A Sydney shopper has voiced her frustration over an unfortunate incident with a recent Woolworths home delivery order.</span></p> <p><span>Cecilia, who suffers from a chronic condition and physical limitations, was forced to call a relative to drive over and help after a delivery driver refused to bring her order to the house.</span></p> <p><span>She said the driver left the bags 30 metres from the front door while it was raining, as she shared a photo showing just how far the bags were left.</span></p> <p><span>A spokesperson for Woolworths has apologised for the incident, promising to investigate further.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fwoolworths%2Fposts%2F4074399355965498&amp;width=500" width="500" height="727" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p><span>According to the supermarket, the customer’s experience is not in line with Woolworths home delivery policy and as a standard protocol, drivers are meant to take the customer’s items to their doorstep or requested location.</span></p> <p><span>Taking to Facebook, Cecilia mentioned that she’s been using Woolworths’ delivery service for some time and has had no complaints until now.</span></p> <p><span>Things went awry when she asked the driver to bring her order up the side of her house, to the front door.</span></p> <p><span>“He said that he understood and began stacking the bags outside at the top of the driveway in the rain,” Cecilia wrote.</span></p> <p><span>“I informed him that the gate was unlocked, how to unlock it (no one else seems to have trouble getting through the gate) and could he please bring the bags up to the door. He said he would.</span></p> <p><span>“My mother opened the gate for him, but he kept stacking the bags outside. I saw him heading down the driveway and called for him to come back.</span></p> <p><span>“He yelled back that he was done. I yelled back (as he was running away from the house) that no it wasn’t done, could he bring them to the house and he said he was done, he got in his truck and quickly drove away.”</span></p> <p><span>Cecilia went on to explain she has physical limitations and was approved for deliveries when the coronavirus pandemic hit.</span></p> <p><span>“Not everyone who uses your delivery service does so out of laziness or an unwillingness to shop in-store,” she wrote.</span></p> <p><span>“Many people, like me, use your delivery service because we need to. My chronic condition has recently flared up, and I can’t physically leave the house.”</span></p> <p><span>She added: “I had to call a relative to drive over to my house and bring in my shopping as perishable items were sitting out in the rain.</span></p> <p><span>“If I had wanted to ask a relative to help me with my shopping, I would have done so.</span></p> <p><span>“Instead, I tried - in vain, to assert some independence, but Woolworths made sure that didn’t happen.”</span></p> <p><span>“I understand that staff members have quotas to meet and are keen to get their job done and get home, but dumping my groceries 30 metres from my door, when I cannot physically leave the house, is not their job.</span></p> <p><span>“Today’s delivery driver practically told me to get stuffed. This not good enough Woolies. Not good enough!”</span></p> <p><span>Speaking to </span><em>7News</em><span>, a representative for Woolworths apologised for the incident, describing it as a “one-off”.</span></p> <p><span>“We pride ourselves on customer service, whether it be in-store or when our home delivery drivers greet you at your door,” the spokesperson said.</span></p> <p><span>“Our drivers are trained to deliver a customer’s order safely and to adhere to specific requests where possible.</span></p> <p><span>“We apologise that wasn’t the customer’s experience on this occasion, and will follow it up with our delivery teams.</span></p> <p><span>“While we regret this one-off event, it’s definitely not representative of the positive experience thousands of our home delivery customers have every week.”</span></p> <p><span>Any shopper with an unsatisfactory experience is urged to contact the Woolworths Customer Hub on 1800 000 610.</span></p>

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Frozen food contamination fears as Beijing market outbreak grows

<p><span>The coronavirus outbreak which traced to a food market in the Chinese city of Beijing continues to grow as authorities spark fears of frozen food contamination.</span></p> <p><span>The outbreak, first detected at the Xinfadi wholesale market last week, has infected at least 158 people in China’s biggest resurgence since the initial outbreak was brought under control in March.</span></p> <p><span>The city reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, down from 31 on Wednesday.</span></p> <p><span>City officials are now attempting to trace all possible cases as quickly as they can, with testing and prevention measures being taken.</span></p> <p><span>Fresh meat and seafood in other parts of the country are also being inspected for precautionary reasons.</span></p> <p><span>In the neighbouring Tianjin Municipality, there has been a first local case in months.</span></p> <p><span>The new case was a hotel worker who handled frozen seafood, according to the local health commission.</span></p> <p><span>The infected 22-year-old man had been working in the kitchen of the Conrad Tianjin Hotel since May 30 – washing dishes and occasionally cleaning frozen seafood.</span></p> <p><span>The man had not left Tianjin in the 14 days prior and had not been in contact with a confirmed case.</span></p> <p><span>The case is currently being investigated, as concerns grow of widespread contamination.</span></p> <p><span>One expert told the </span><em>Global Times</em><span> that the man was more likely to have been infected by frozen food, or the ice around it, as, if contaminated, it could survive for weeks.</span></p> <p><span>“The frozen seafood touched by the Tianjin patient could be of the same batch with those shipped to Beijing Xinfadi,” Wuhan University virologist Yang Zhanqiu said.</span></p> <p><span>Yang urged residents not to eat raw food and exercise caution when eating processed frozen food.</span></p> <p><span>The first reported cases of the global pandemic emerged from a Wuhan wildlife wet market in December 2019.</span></p>

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Aussie mum’s hack to make 192 kids snacks for $12.30

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>An Aussie mum shared her hack for making 192 kid snacks for just $12.30.</p> <p>Louise, a mum and home baker, posted on the popular Facebook page Budget Friendly Meals Australia and shared how she makes mini muffins and chocolate chip biscuits for her kids.</p> <p>The 192 snacks are made using ALDI blueberry muffin mix, which costs $4 for two packets and she makes 32 mini muffins with them.</p> <p>Louise then cleverly uses vanilla cake mix, margarine and chocolate chips to make the whopping 160 kids-sized cookies for her kids.</p> <p>She puts them into individual snack bags, ready for her kids’ lunches and snack times.</p> <p>“I get 32 kids size muffins and I make 160 kids size choc chip cookies and I bag them into packs of three,” Louise told the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/1738941599741137/" target="_blank">Budget Friendly Meals Australia</a><span> </span>page.</p> <p>“That’s 85 snack bags in total, total cost $12.30 – or 14 cents per snack.”</p> <p>You can find her recipe for the cookies below.</p> <p><strong>Ingredients</strong></p> <p>·  4 packs of ALDI vanilla cake mix</p> <p>·  1 x 250g tub of margarine</p> <p>·  2 x choc chip packs</p> <p><strong>Instructions</strong></p> <ol> <li> <p>Melt the margarine in a saucepan until it just starts to get that cooked butter smell.</p> </li> <li> <p>Leave to set in the fridge</p> </li> <li> <p>Mix margarine with cake mixes</p> </li> <li> <p>Mix until it comes together in a smooth ball</p> </li> <li> <p>Fold in choc chips</p> </li> <li> <p>Form into small balls and place on baking paper-lined trays</p> </li> <li> <p>Bake at 160C for 12 minutes and leave to cool</p> </li> </ol> <p><em>Photo credits:<a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/food/aussie-mums-clever-hack-to-make-192-kids-snacks-for-1230-c-1107432" target="_blank"> 7News</a></em></p> <p><em>Recipe appeared on the Budget Friendly Meals Australia Facebook page</em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Woman finds green ooze from Coles roast lamb

<p>A Sydney woman has been forced to throw out her family’s Sunday roast after green liquid oozed out of her Coles lamb leg.</p> <p>Amanda Wright Rima had been cooking her half leg roast for 40 minutes when she noticed a strange matter seeping out of the meat.</p> <p>More light green fluid flowed out after she pressed on and cut the slab.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Famandarima%2Fposts%2F10223447568364211&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=552&amp;height=760&amp;appId" width="552" height="760" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“Needless to say we won’t be having lamb roast again after this,” she wrote on a Facebook post.</p> <p>The liquid appeared to be abscess, or a localised <a href="https://www.mla.com.au/research-and-development/animal-health-welfare-and-biosecurity/diseases/infectious/cheesy-gland/">bacterial infection</a> that leads to the development of pus pockets.</p> <p>A Coles spokesperson told the <em>Daily Mail</em> the supermarket had apologised to the customer and offered a refund.</p> <p>“We have strict quality standards that all livestock partners must meet,” the spokesperson said.</p> <p>“Coles has already issued this customer a refund and apologised for the unpleasant experience.</p> <p>“As always we encourage customers to return any item they’re not 100 per cent happy with to their nearest store for a full refund or replacement.”</p> <p><em>Picture: Facebook / Amanda Wright Rima</em></p>

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MasterChef’s Laura Sharrad hits back at trolls who say she “cooks too much pasta”

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>MasterChef’s Laura Sharrad has responded to criticism from fans that she constantly cooks pasta for her dishes, explaining that it’s her “specialty” to cook different types of pasta.</p> <p>“We've all got our specialties. And I do own a pasta restaurant so it would be weird if I didn't cook pasta on the show,” said Laura, 24, who owns NIDO Bar and Pasta with her husband Max.</p> <p>Laura spoke about how she loves pasta and her cultural heritage as well as fellow contestant Po Ling Yeow needing to “stay out of my lane”.</p> <p>“This is what I do. This is my heritage,” she said during one episode.</p> <p>“Poh's good at everything. When she started cooking pasta, I'm like ‘Damn you, Poh! Stay out of my lane’,” Laura joked. </p> <p>Laura has previously come under fire for cooking pasta, especially during a “mystery box” episode where there were four ingredients to use in the dish. For Laura, they were apples, potatoes, mint and peas, which she used to make gnocchi.</p> <p>She was made fun of on Twitter for this move, with users joking about Laura taking out all of the pasta in supermarkets.</p> <p>“Laura’s the reason there’s not a single bag of pasta left in Coles, it’s the only thing she can cook,” one joked.</p> <p>Another agreed, saying “Three certainties in life. Death, taxes and Laura will cook pasta.”</p> <p>One even joked they could spot Laura’s dish without watching the full episode.</p> <p>“I’ve not watched this episode, but already know that the pasta dish is Laura’s,” they said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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MasterChef’s Tessa Boersma slammed over steak dish

<p><em>MasterChef </em>contestant Tessa Boersma has left fans baffled with her meat and three veg dish during Tuesday night’s challenge.</p> <p>Tessa’s Tomahawk steak, which was served as part of the immunity challenge, failed to impress both judges and viewers.</p> <p>“I think the steak’s cooked further than it should be,” said judge Jock Zonfrillo.</p> <p>“You know, she had 60 minutes – more than enough time to cook that at a lower temperature.”</p> <p>Fans on Twitter criticised the dish’s appearance, saying Tessa’s use of the meat cut was wasteful.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">This is something we could really sink our teeth into, thanks Tessa! 🧡 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterChefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterChefAU</a> <a href="https://t.co/D8N45aBodi">pic.twitter.com/D8N45aBodi</a></p> — masterchefau (@masterchefau) <a href="https://twitter.com/masterchefau/status/1272839229614231552?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 16, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“Did Tessa just cook that entire tomahawk to get one middle piece? What happens to the rest of it?” one wrote.</p> <p>“The plating leaves a lot to be desired,” one posted.</p> <p>“It’s disgraceful that Tessa cooked that huge chunk of meat and is only using a slice,” another commented.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Did Tessa just cook that entire tomahawk to get one middle piece? What happens to the rest of if?!?! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterChefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterChefAU</a></p> — Noelle Perera (@noellemartine) <a href="https://twitter.com/noellemartine/status/1272836918695178240?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 16, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Did Tessa shove the other 3/4s of the steak in her handbag for her dog?<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterchefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterchefAU</a></p> — Nez (@fraggle73) <a href="https://twitter.com/fraggle73/status/1272839361248194560?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 16, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Tessa's steak looks so tasty but that plating is truly awful. It's slapped on there with that green smiley situation. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterChefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterChefAU</a></p> — Lu, Luey, Lulu (@LuLuLoves_) <a href="https://twitter.com/LuLuLoves_/status/1272838337510780928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 16, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Despite viewers’ concern, the leftover food in the <em>MasterChef </em>kitchen did not go to waste. The remainders were donated to food charity SecondBite, reports said.</p> <p>SecondBite CEO Jim Mullan told <em><a href="https://10daily.com.au/lifestyle/a190626rdxnj/this-is-exactly-what-happens-to-all-the-left-over-food-on-masterchef-20190628">10 daily</a></em>: “Everything you see in the pantry that’s applied through the program, everything that we can possibly salvage, we collect and divert it to people in need, generally in the Melbourne area.”</p> <p>Contestant Laura Sharrad also told <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/reality-tv/masterchef-2020-tessas-steak-dish-baffles-viewers/news-story/e7537f73e02c59135863587cb2a048f7">news.com.au</a></em> some of the unwanted produce went in the garden’s compost. “It’s so amazing to see all the split bin systems also in place to make sure everything is getting disposed of properly,” she said.</p> <p>Reece Hignell ended up winning the challenge, with Judge Melissa Leong describing his gin tart with ginger ice-cream, juniper berry meringue and quince puree as “to die for”.</p>

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The truth behind woman’s “high road” McDonald’s drive-thru revenge

<p>A woman has revealed the truth behind her revenge on another customer at a McDonald’s drive-thru, which has gone viral on social media.</p> <p>In a Facebook post, the woman said she was ordering at her local drive-thru when the driver behind her honked at her for taking too long.</p> <p>“I was in a long McDonald’s drive-thru this morning and the young lady behind me honked her horn because I was taking too long to place my order,” the post read.</p> <p>At first, she told herself to “take the high road” and decided to pay for both of their orders at the window.</p> <p>However, when the woman backtracked the gesture when she picked up her meal. “When I got to the second window I showed both receipts and took her food too. Now she has to go back to the end of the queue and start all over again.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">People sometimes say, “why are you still on Facebook?” <br /><br />Why you ask? Why? THIS is why I’m still on Facebook. absolute batshit crazy stuff like this.<br /><br />What a PLOT TWIST <a href="https://t.co/aBJGCATsqC">pic.twitter.com/aBJGCATsqC</a></p> — Samantha Maiden (@samanthamaiden) <a href="https://twitter.com/samanthamaiden/status/1272087262927323138?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>A screenshot of the post has received more than 4,700 likes on Twitter.</p> <p>“It’s so petty ... it made me laugh like a drain,” one commented.</p> <p>“I had to read this a few times, picture the scene, and the glory. A triumphant win,” another wrote.</p> <p>“I wish I had the guts to do something like that,” one responded.</p> <p>However, others criticised the act as “spiteful” and “excessive”.</p> <p>The woman later admitted the story did not actually happen to her, and the post was copied from a friend in Ireland years ago.</p> <p>She told <em><a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/the-truth-behind-womans-viral-mc-donalds-drivethru-revenge-095744549.html">Yahoo News Australia</a></em> she shared it simply to “give people a laugh and a change from the hate and violence being spread”.</p> <p>“It’s been going around for years,” she said.</p>

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“The word is horrid”: Calls for popular cheese to be renamed

<p><span>There’s a renewed call to rename one of Australia’s best known cheese brands because its name is deemed offensive.</span></p> <p><span>Comedian Josh Thomas took to Twitter to post an image of Coon cheese with the caption “are we still chill with this?”</span></p> <p><span>He then explained that the word was widely considered to be “hate speech” and was used to belittle Indigenous Australians.</span></p> <p><span>Thomas believes removing the Coon name would be a small change and would “communicate that we see them, understand their pain and respect them”.</span></p> <p><span>Many followers agreed with renaming the dairy brand.</span></p> <p><span>“I always feel a bit uncomfortable with this name and if it makes me feel weird then I imagine it must be worse for an Indigenous person. Would it really matter if we changed the name?” said one.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Hey Australia - are we still chill with this? <a href="https://t.co/3pY2wyZ3IY">pic.twitter.com/3pY2wyZ3IY</a></p> — Josh Thomas (@JoshThomas87) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoshThomas87/status/1271972388255576064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>But many also disagreed, saying the change was unnecessary.</span></p> <p><span>“100 per cent chill. It's a non-issue,” said one.</span></p> <p><span>“I feel like you’re just stirring the pot now. It was named after the guy who made it. Taking the cheese off the shelf won’t stop the racist attitudes that people in this country have. It also won’t take back any of the racial history here either,” said another</span></p> <p><span>According to Coon’s website, the brand was first established in 1935 and “recognises the work of an American, Edward William Coon, who patented a unique ripening process that was used to manufacture the original cheese”.</span></p> <p><span>But Thomas wasn’t phased by those pointing out the brand’s history, saying the focus should instead be on the name’s potential to offend.</span></p> <p><span>“It’s amazing the respect people have for the name of a man who invented a processing technique of cheese – who died in 1934. And the disrespect they have for black people,” Thomas wrote.</span></p> <p><span>“I honestly wasn’t expecting so many of my followers to defend a word that is widely considered hate speech. I honestly thought my followers were anti-racist and compassionate.</span></p> <p><span>“Like, even if you DGAF (sic) about the Aboriginal Australians who have been called this – and the pain the word represents. Surely you can see it makes Australians look silly to the rest of the world?”</span></p> <p><span>A number of Aboriginal Australians, who also commented on Twitter, backed up Thomas’ view that the cheese brand should be renamed.</span></p> <p><span>“I’m Indigenous and absolutely hate that word,” said one.</span></p> <p><span>Another follower added, “the amount of times I was called that (name) was insane … The word is horrid”.</span></p>

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MasterChef judge Melissa Leong reveals struggles with clinical depression

<p><em>MasterChef</em> judge Melissa Leong has spoken up about her struggles with clinical depression.</p> <p>Speaking to <em>The Australian</em>, the new judge on the Network 10 cooking show revealed she suffered from a breakdown in her 20’s. Since then, she has turned to cognitive therapy.</p> <p>“For me, a big part of anxiety and depression was not knowing how to say ‘no’ and wanting to please too many people … part of this process is learning to draw the line and slow down,” Leong said.</p> <p>“Mental health is not a novelty; it’s part of who we are and we need to treat it as if it were a broken arm or any other kind of medical consideration.”</p> <p>The food writer has previously opened up about her mental health on the podcast <em>We Are the Real Ones</em>.</p> <p>“I started going to therapy in my early-to-mid-20s. I had a breakdown, I’ll be really honest,” Leong told host and <em>Neighbours </em>star Sharon Johal on the program, which was launched in May.</p> <p>“It was an instance of too much on the plate and the plate ended up breaking under the weight of all those things, so I started seeing a therapist.”</p> <p>She said going to therapy had helped her get in touch with her feelings and find ways to express them. She also uses exercise and meditation to help manage her depression.</p> <p>“The only person who can pick you up and put you back together and help you navigate all of the struggles in life, is you. I was very grateful I realised that quite young as an adult and I’ve put in a lot of work since to get to the point where I can put in touch how I’m feeling.”</p> <p>Leong also shared the codeword she established with <em>MasterChef</em>’s executive producer for when she is overwhelmed on the set.</p> <p>“If I need a day like that where I just need that little bubble of time, it could be 10 minutes, I will tell them and they will find the next available opportunity for me to just have a minute … just to kind of be quiet and then you gather yourself and keep going.”</p>

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MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo turns on Laura Sharrad in tense exchange

<p><em>MasterChef<span> </span></em><span>fans have gone wild after a tense exchange between judge Jock Zonfrillo and contestant Laura Sharrad. </span></p> <p><span>On Thursday night’s episode, Jock wasn’t thrilled to hear that Laura was whipping up a roast pumpkin, garlic tortellini with ricotta, brown butter and sage.</span></p> <p><span>And he made his opinion crystal clear when he described Laura’s dish as a “yawnfest”.</span></p> <p><span>He continued: “A pumpkin-filled tortellini, how many times do you go to a restaurant and you are so disappointed by that dish?”</span></p> <p><span>The pasta expert, seemingly fired up by his response, hit back: “Well, the only time I eat it, Jock, is in my restaurant, and I’m not disappointed by it.”</span></p> <p><span>Judge Andy Allen, who was watching the situation unfold, said: “Ooh! No, you didn’t!”</span></p> <p><span>Jock warned her: “It it’s rubbish, I’ll tell you,” to which Laura snapped back: “And I know you will.”</span></p> <p><span>Fans flocked to Twitter to share their reactions, including one who said: “Jock calling Laura's pasta dish a ‘yawn fest’ damn I felt that burn.”</span></p> <p><span>Another said: “I'm here for Laura sassing Jock – who doesn't like pumpkin tortellini?”</span></p> <p><span>“Ooft Laura firing back at Jock is pretty satisfying to watch ngl (not gonna lie),” a fan wrote.</span></p> <p><span>Someone else jokingly suggested: “Get your revenge Laura, put the whole jar of chili oil in.”</span></p> <p><span>Others were taken aback at the quarrel between the two, saying: “Cannot believe Laura and Jock are gonna have a blow up?! WTF!”</span></p> <p><span>But there were some who did not care for their drama, with one writing: “Jock and Laura together are just one big yawn fest.”</span></p>

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MasterChef viewers call out “creepy” moment between guest judge and Brendan Pang

<p><em>MasterChef<span> </span></em><span>fans on social media were left feeling uneasy after an awkward moment during Tuesday night’s intense pressure test.</span></p> <p><span>The episode saw contestants Brendan Pang, Reece Hignell, Poh Ling Yeow and Sarah Tiong, tasked with recreating a flavour-packed and super spicy jungle curry without a recipe.</span></p> <p><span>But a clearly stressed out Brendan didn’t know how to react after he received a strange comment by the guest judge – one many have surely been faced with before – and it rubbed viewers the wrong way.</span></p> <p><span>As the 24-year-old sweated profusely and panicked over his curry paste, guest judge Benjamin Cooper of Chin Chin Melbourne told him to “smile”.</span></p> <p><span>“You want some advice?” Benjamin had asked while Brendan stressed over his curry.</span></p> <p><span>“I saw you smile earlier on … I feel like there's a bit of cheekiness in you,” he said.</span></p> <p><span>“Lose the stress, bring the cheekiness back. Don't be afraid to load it up with chilli. Don't be afraid to bring a bit of fun back to the dish. And enjoy it, 'cause cooking stressed isn't going to give you the result you want.</span></p> <p><span>“Show me the smile,” he added, to which Brendan laughed awkwardly.</span></p> <p><span>“I'm trying to smile!” he said.</span></p> <p><span>Fans called the moment out as “awkward”, “cringe” and even “weird and uncomfortable”.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Errrrmmmm... I’m getting bad juju from the Chin Chin dude. The way he approached Brendan and asked him to smile. Sooo awks. *shudder* <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterChefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterChefAU</a></p> — Nikki Rivera (@twitnikki) <a href="https://twitter.com/twitnikki/status/1270297243300446210?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 9, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">the chef from Chin Chin asking Brendan to “show me that smile” gave me big men asking women to smile energy <br /><br />it felt weird and uncomfortable? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterChefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterChefAU</a></p> — Isha Bassi (@Isha_Bassi) <a href="https://twitter.com/Isha_Bassi/status/1270297068964216833?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 9, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Brendan has 10 minutes to cook his curry AND remember to smile. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterChefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterChefAU</a> <a href="https://t.co/1Wtv90pUeu">pic.twitter.com/1Wtv90pUeu</a></p> — Tara Watson (@tara_watson_) <a href="https://twitter.com/tara_watson_/status/1270299692283224064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 9, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>But despite the strange moment, the judges loved Brendan’s version of the jungle curry.</span></p> <p><span>Instead, Sarah Tiong was sent home after her curry broth was deemed “too thin”.</span></p>

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Butter chicken and sweet potato

<p>Looking for something wholesome and fulfilling for dinner? Try out this comforting butter chicken and sweet potato dish as a winter’s warmer.</p> <p><em>Serves 4</em></p> <p><em>Prep time: 15 mins + 1-hour marinating (optional)</em></p> <p><em>Cooking time: 40 mins</em></p> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong></p> <ul> <li>2 tbs tandoori curry paste</li> <li>¼ cup Greek yoghurt</li> <li>700g small chicken thigh fillets, trimmed                      </li> <li>1 tbs ghee or vegetable oil</li> <li>1 brown onion, finely chopped</li> <li>1 long green chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped</li> <li>800g sweet potato, peeled, halved lengthways, cut into 3cm pieces</li> <li>420g jar butter chicken sauce</li> <li>400g can finely chopped tomatoes                   </li> <li>150ml thickened cream</li> <li>Warm naan, to serve</li> <li>cucumber raita &amp; coriander sprigs (optional), to serve</li> </ul> <p><strong>Method:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Combine curry paste and yoghurt in a bowl. Cut chicken in half crossways (if chicken is large cut into thirds). Stir into tandoori mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour only if you have time.</li> <li>Preheat oven 230°C fan forced. Remove chicken from marinade. Place on a greased tray. Roast 10 minutes in hot oven.</li> <li>Meanwhile, heat ghee or oil in a deep-frying pan or wok. Add onion and chilli. Cook stirring 4 minutes until soft. Add sweet potato, cook 5 minutes. Add butter chicken sauce and tomatoes. Bring to the boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes until sweet potato just tender. Stir in cream. Add the chicken. Simmer for 10 minutes until chicken cooked through.</li> <li>Serve with warm naan, raita and coriander.</li> </ol> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> Ghee is clarified butter, its available in the Indian section of the supermarket. Once opened, store in the fridge. It’s great for cooking curries, pancakes, pikelets and cooking over high heat as it won’t burn like regular butter.</p>

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Woolworths CEO responds to backlash after ‘Made in China’ paper bag furore

<p><span>Woolworths CEO Brad Banducci has responded to new demands for more Australian-made products in stores.</span></p> <p><span>Addressing shoppers directly, Banducci says the supermarket is working on ways to make it easier to identify locally made products.</span></p> <p><span>The store came under fire after it was discovered that their new paper bags are made in China.</span></p> <p><span>Woolworths has also faced criticism over its decision to drop Aussie owned and made Farmers Co Peanut Butter from stores due to a “sustained period of underperforming sales”.</span></p> <p><span>There’s also a petition calling on all supermarkets to introduce an “Australian-made” aisle in their stores.</span><br /><span>Banducci has welcomed the calls for clearer signage on Australian-made products, saying “it’s a challenge we’re up for”.</span></p> <p><span>“As we start to recover from COVID, we understand how important it is to support Australian businesses and in turn our communities,” wrote Banducci in a recent email to customers.</span></p> <p><span>“That’s why, to support Australian dairy farmers, this week we announced that we will extend our existing dairy contribution payments for Woolworths branded two and three litre fresh own brand milk varieties until June 2021.</span></p> <p><span>“This extension is expected to contribute more than $30 million to dairy farmers, on top of the almost $50 million we, together with you, our customers, have already contributed. Thank you for your continued support for this key initiative.</span></p> <p><span>“This is in addition to our commitment to an Australian-first sourcing policy for fruit, vegetables and meat and supporting local products where possible.</span></p> <p><span>“We have also heard your feedback on how to make identifying Australian products easier when you’re shopping – it’s a challenge we’re up for and one we are working on.”</span></p> <p><span>Last week, the supermarket also announced it was looking to find a local manufacturer in Australia who could produce its new paper bags following the “Made in China” backlash.</span></p>

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