MasterChef Aus S11E54 – Recap

After a bad service from the green team yesterday, Larissa, Christina and Simon are up for elimination. The winner goes into finals week, and the loser is left to go home as a top 7.

It’s the last day of Western Australia Week, and the contestants are in Voyager Estate, still in the Margaret River region. Whenever I hear Voyager, all I can think about is Star Trek, so I’ve got some kind of holonovel image going on haha

Larissa is told this is her last chance to use the immunity pin, and she decides to use it. Gaz says she’d be silly if she didn’t.

Larissa joins the finalists, and leaves Simon and Christina to battle it out.

Matt tells them it’s a test to test everything they’ve done so far, so this is a pressure test. Christina says she’s never been in a pressure test, and she’s a bit worried.

In walks the guest judges, Santiago “Santi” Fernandez.

He tells them the inspiration behind Voyager Estate food, and rates the dish to create as a 9/10.

He reveals his dish.

“But what if you had to make two of Santi’s dishes at the same time?” Matt asks, receiving gasps in reply.

Honestly, I don’t even know what to call the dish, because it’s just a lot of elements together.

Simon and Christina taste the dishes and then get the rules.

They’ll have three and a half hours to work on the two dishes. The winner is into Finals Week, the loser goes home.

Time starts and Christina tells us how she’s a bit scared about doing a pressure test, as she’s never been in one before.

Christina works on her mousse, and says, “I’ve made it before, so I don’t need to read the recipe.”

I’m a bit worried about her, and then it doesn’t go very smoothly at all.

We keep hearing a lot from Simon, and I honestly just don’t care about him at all? Like I just want him to finally go.

ANUSHKA WATCH: 49 year old optical dispenser and a confirmed top six contestant, Anushka, matched her glasses to her outfits. Today she’s wearing black glasses, with a beige top with black stripes, and black pants. Her hair is up, like usual.

What a blessing

Simon ruins his tuiles and throws it out. Massimo Bottura wouldn’t be happy with the waste.

With only 15 minutes left, Simon realises his tuiles hasn’t set yet, and he can’t restart it. He abandons that as well.

They’re in the stage of cooking and plating at the same time.

Time ends, and the contestants are relieved to stop.

Christina is proud, while Simon is very disappointed. He didn’t get a tuiles up, unlike Christina.

It’s time to taste, and Simon’s up first.

VERY intimidating room

First is his savoury dish.

Simon’s quail dish

They say the scallops and quail are cooked well, even though he was under so much pressure.

Next is Christina.

Christina’s dish

The judges say it’s a great dish, and Santi says it’s cooked excellently. But the jus is very salty, and they have an issue with it.

Simon’s dessert is up next.

Simon’s dessert.

Santi is quick to point out the missing tuiles. Matt says it’s a pity because it completes the dish.
However, the elements are all flavourful and really good.
Matt reiterated how important the tuiles is and how it’s an absolute shame it’s not there.

Finally, Christina’s dessert.

Ooh, she’s piping the bit of stuff on the side, and because she made it so thick, it’s coming out quite gross. She ends up having to spoon it on.

Matt is very happy about the tuiles, however has issues with the yucky thing. It’s got a weird flavour and it’s an issue. They all agree it’s a major issue for them, and say it’s not palatable. The ice-cream was delicious, however.

It’s time for the results.

Unfortunately, having an issue with both of the dishes meant Christina is going home.

I understand why, however Simon is clearly a favourite, and when Matt really talks about how important it is to have the tuiles and then eliminate the contestant who served every element, it’s easy to see why twitter is upset about it. The judges even said that Simon has been up for elimination the most.

Honestly, big mood, and I agree 100%

Where are they now? Christina his completing her nutrition degree and working on a website and ebook for wholesome eating for families.

It’s time for the MasterClass, so I’m out of here.

Ok, quickly, here’s something that made me really annoyed. There were a couple of tweets focusing on Christina’s features. I don’t even know how to say this without sounding like the worst, but her front teeth are a bit longer than the rest, so people have likened her to a rabbit.

Whether or not you liked her on the show, I just think it’s so wrong to focus and criticise someone for their features like this, when it’s something she doesn’t have control over, and could easily be something she could feel self conscious about.

Anyway, I just think we all need to be more respectful of other people, and especially these home cooks. They’re just normal people who want to cook, and this is a way for them to pursue this and see if they can crack it. We don’t hate Tim and Simon – we hate the way they’re edited.

Here are two tweets that target Christina’s features:

As usual, this recap was written as I watched the episode, so there will be spelling and grammar mistakes.

I posted a MasterChef rant about Sandeep, and you can read it here. I also did a bigger rant about the rest of the season, and you can read that here.

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MasterChef Aus S11E53 – Recap

So, here’s the situation, I missed the first fifteen or so minutes because my dad made butter chicken and it was really good. Of course, I couldn’t walk away from that.
I also can’t do any photos tonight, so let’s hope I learnt something in my creative writing degree and can describe the dishes.

Anyway, here’s what I know: Today is a team challenge, and the contestants are in the Margaret River area. The teams are serving thirty guests each with three courses – entree, main, dessert. The guests are dining outside in the forest, surrounded by fairy lights, and sitting by a roaring fire. The contestants are using some Indigenous and local ingredients.
Time wise, I think they have about 3 hours, like other team challenges, before service starts.

The teams are:
Green: Larissa, Simon and Christina. Larissa has said that if they get into the pressure cook, she will be using her pin.
Yellow: Tessa, Tim, Anushka.

Both teams decide to use scallops for entree, and George is like, “Are you sure you want to risk it with that?” and the contestants just say yes and keep going, even though he’s really like “Really?

As the time ticks down, the diners start to arrive, and Matt yells at them about it. Green are falling behind, but yellow seem to be on top of it.

It’s time to taste the entrees, and first up is the yellow team.

They’ve served two scallops on a bed of cauliflower puree, decorated with water chestnuts, and a green sauce circled around the dish.

The judges think it delivered flavour wise, however felt that the water chestnuts should have been a bit more prominant.

Next is green.

Simialry, they’ve served three scallops on an artichoke puree and decorated with bits of crispy saltbush.

The judges say it needs more salt – even the saltbush didn’t cut it. Nonetheless, they really enjoy the dish.

It’s mains and yellow starts.

The main is chockas with lamb, pumpkin, mushroom, warrigal greens and jujubes, however the judges say it doesn’t all work as one dish, and they did too much.

The green main is lamb and pumpkin with chilli. It’s a much smaller plate, but it’s decorated nicely, and looks good.

The judges really enjoy the flavours and say the lamb is the hero and is cooked and seasoned well. The guest judge wants more black barley, though.

It’s time for desserts.

As the green team start with dessert, Gaz comes in to say 12 people haven’t been served their mains. The trio are freaking out, and find 12 plates stored in the oven. They’re so disappointed and are behind again.

Straight away, they’re trying to rectify and pull something together for the 12 diners.

Yellow start serving their desserts.

It’s a Forest Floor, and it looks amazing. There’s a large chocolate tuilles type thing that looks a bit like a log, a chocolate dirt and crumb with sandalwood nuts, and a raspberry sorbet – bright red to brighten up the dish.

George feels like it’s inspired by the surroundings, and loves it.

Yellow team have sent their last dish, and they hug.

It’s time for green teams dessert, but they’re still doing the last mains. Larissa runs out to apologise to the diners for the delay.

Once the last of their mains are out, they realise Larissa had over stuffed the ice-cream churners, and says it’ll take another 20ish minutes, so they rush to make a plan.
They chuck what they can into the blast chiller.

Finally, they start service.

It’s a watleseed milk cookie with smoked ice-cream and lilly pilly sauce.

Gaz hates everything about it, and says the smoke isn’t good. All around, they agree it’s not nice. Then he says he thought it would be a tough decision, but it’s not.

It’s decision time, and Gaz doesn’t sugar coat it. Green team didn’t send out half their mains, and the dessert wasn’t good as a result of the time issues. Therefore, they’re in the elimination. Tomorrow, Larissa, Christina and Simon will be battling to get into Finals Week.

They thank the guest chef, Dan, and wish green team luck for tomorrow.

As usual, this recap was written as I watched the episode, so there will be spelling and grammar mistakes.

I posted a MasterChef rant about Sandeep, and you can read it here. I also did a bigger rant about the rest of the season, and you can read that here.

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MasterChef Aus S11E52 – Recap

It’s the special challenge today, so Anushka, Christina, Tessa and Nicole are cooking-off for a spot in Finals Week.

I really hope it’s Anushka, but really, any of these women could go through.

The contestants are all in Swan Valley at the Sandalford Winery, like 15 minutes from the Perth CBD.

Such a lovely place, such a lovely face.

The trio of judges are waiting with the other contestants for the winners to come over.

Blah blah blah, the judges remind them of the stakes, and then Matt points at some cars for a bit of product placement.

It’s a Holden Equinox, by the way, the made sure to zoom in on the ‘Equinox’.

Inside, there’s an envelope with an address of a specialist food shop. They choose a car at random and go to the address. At the shop, they’re choosing an ingredient to hero in their dish.

They’ll have 60 minutes for round one, with an open pantry, and round two will be against each other. The winner of round one gets an advantage in round two, and the winner of round two doesn’t cook for the rest of the week.
So that pretty much confirms to me that there’s only one more week left, maybe a couple of days in the week after, who’s to say.

When they get back, time starts, and the contestants run to get the things they want from the pantry. Christina chose almonds from the nut shop, Anushka chose blue cheese, Tessa chose 70% dark chocolate, and Nicole chose honey.

Gaz points out that Nicole runs a bit funny, and he’d never noticed it before. Everyone laughs a bit at the way Nicole runs.

“Like a t-rex,” Tim says, as she runs, hands flopping around a bit.

ANUSHKA WATCH: Anushka, 49 year old optical optometrist, seems to always have a different pair of glasses on. I also realised today that I missed the opportunity to call this segment ‘Eyes on Anushka’, and I’m pretty disappointed in myself. Anyway, she’s wearing black frames with a bit of silver on it.

As Nicole is cooking, the bees are attracted to her honey and come over to investigate, so she’s inundated with bees. Eventually, they leave her alone to cook.

Time ends, and the women all hug each other, and it’s time to taste.

They’re ready to eat

First to taste is Anushka.

Blue Cheese Mousse with Honey and Thyme Tuile and Figs

Anushka tells them that it wasn’t to plan, but she’s really happy with how it’s ended up. Her hero ingredient was blue cheese.

The judges all love it, and say it’s a great combination of flavours. Matt tells her the bar is set high.

Next is Tessa hero-ing dark chocolate.

Dark Chocolate Tart with Feijoa Sorbet and Fresh Fejoa

The judges say it looks good, and when they eat it, they all say, ‘Wow’ and ‘Mm’. George tells her she’s really pushed it, and really good cooking.
They also tell her it’s a great combination.

Next is Christina with an almond based dish.

Almond Steamed Pudding with Almond Maple Custard and Almond Ice-Cream

Again, they really enjoy it, and like that it’s different ways of almonds, they do say that it needs refinement and that it’s all sort of the one flavour.

Finally, Nicole with her honey.

Honey, Thyme and Lemon Parfait with Macadamia Honey Tuile and Honeycomb

They call it beautiful and George calls it cracking. Matt calls it smashing, and straight away, Matt says he thought the top two would be Tessa and Anushka, but it’s Tessa and Nicole.

But who gets the advantage? It’s Tessa.

Her advantage is to chose the hero ingredient for both her and Nicole.

Tessa decides to be strategic and think about what to choose. She comes back and says she chose the spangled emperor fish.

The spangled emperor fish.

They’ll have 60 minutes and open pantry to hero the fish. Time starts, and the duo run to the pantry and chose their ingredients.

When time starts, they’re quick to run and get their ingredients. The judges are very judgemental as they cook.

Time ends, and the judges tell them it’s time for tasting.

First is Nicole.

Spangled Emperor with Braised Leek, Puree and Lemon Butter Sauce

Gaz says it’s perfectly cooked, and George calls it beautiful food.

“Just one word – delicious,” Matt says, before talking about everything good with it.

Next is Tessa.

Pan-Seared Emperor with Broth, Pickled Daikon, Charred Broccolini and Enoki

George says the fish is cooked well, and they all agree. But Gaz says the broth isn’t very good, and they all agree as well, it’s not tasty.
Gaz says she’s stubborn and tried to help her with the broth, but she didn’t listen because she wanted to follow her own ideas.

It’s time for the verdict.

The winner is Nicole, and she’s the first contestant through to Finals Week, so she doesn’t have to cook for the rest of the week.

Tomorrow is a team challenge in the Margaret River region.

Also tomorrow is double episodes of The Super Switch, so total of three recaps tomorrow night. Deets below.

As usual, this recap was written as I watched the episode, so there will be spelling and grammar mistakes.

I posted a MasterChef rant about Sandeep, and you can read it here. I also did a bigger rant about the rest of the season, and you can read that here.

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MasterChef Aus S11E51 – Recap

It’s day two of Western Australia Week, but today there’s no pressure cook. Instead, Tim, Larissa, Simon, Nicole and Christina are in Chef Whites.

The contestants walk into Wildflower Restaurant in Perth

Waiting for them in standard outfits, are the trio of judges, Matt, George, and Gaz, as well as Matt Sartori, the head chef of Wildflower.

Matt Sartori and the trio of judges

Matt Sartori tells them about Wildflower, how they like to use native ingredients.

They’ll be making five course degustation. Each contestant will be responsible for one of the courses. The first is the appetisers, the second is a bit more substantial, third is main, fourth is a transition one so it can be sweet, can be savoury, or cheese, whatever, before fifth course, dessert.

The contestants choose which course they’d like to do, and stand in order of their course.
First course: Nicole.
Second: Simon.
Third: Christina.
Fourth: Tim.
Fifth: Larissa.

It’s a staggered course that has 30 minutes between each course. Matt Sartori has chosen an ingredient for each course. They won’t know what the ingredient is until their time start. They’ll have two and a half hours to cook.

Each will cook for 20 diners, as well as the trio of judges – so total of 23. Best two dishes join Anushka and Tessa in the cook-off for a guaranteed spot in Finals Week.

Nicole heads into the kitchen with Matt Sartori first to get to her ingredient – beetroot.

Nicole’s ingredient is beetroot.

Her time starts, and Nicole gets cooking.

It’s Simon’s turn, and he comes in as Nicole is cooking. He gets to his ingredient – Marron.

Look at the Marron beady eyes…

He gets cutting and chopping up the little Marrons. Gross.

Christina gets up and comes into the kitchen to get her ingredient. It’s duck.

Duck looks so gross just sitting on a plate like that.

From the get go, she’s having a hard time thinking of a dish.

It’s time for Tim to get cooking, and Matt Sartori runs him through what each contestant before him is doing. He’s got finger lime.

Tim gets cracking and grabbing several cheeses to plate with it.

Finally, it’s time for Larissa to get cooking. Matt Sartori takes her in and shows her the ingredient – plum.

It’s at least two plums in that bowl.

She knows what she’s doing, and she’s off.

Simon and Nicole have the biggest time concerns.

It’s five minutes before service, and everyone’s worried for Nicole.

Diners pile in

Service starts, and Nicole gets ready to plate, and she serves first.

Beetroot Salad

The judges love it and say it’s a great combination of flavours.

It’s time for Simon to start serving. He scooped the Marron meat out of the shell because of time, and decided to put it back in the shells once cooked, however it isn’t fitting in the shell, so he has to chuck the shells and put the meat out as is. Looks kinda gross, to be honest.

Grilled Marron with Coral Emulsion and Wax Flower

The judges all agree that it’s gross and full of flaws.

“There’s nothing to go, ‘Wow’ about, nothing you go, ‘Bang’ about,” Matt says.

Christina is next for service.

Duck with Pumpkin and Cauliflower Puree

The judges say it’s really tasty, and looks beautiful. Matt calls it a dish that makes you happy. They love everything.

Tim is up next.

French Toast with Cheese and Finger Limes

They love the flavour combinations, very Tim, and very lovely.

It’s time for Larissa to serve, however, she doesn’t have a dish to serve up. Her meringue isn’t working properly.

Plum and Ginger Bombe Alaska

The judges straight up say it’s missing something. Straight away, they’re quick to critique. The plum isn’t a hero, and she doesn’t mesh her original idea with this dish.

They know Christina is in, but it’s either Tim or Nicole joining her. Gaz says to flip a coin.

It’s time for the decision. Who will join Anushka and Tessa in the cook-off challenge?

First up is Christina for her duck dish. She’s thrilled to be the best of the five.

The last spot. George declares Nicole the winner, and she too is stoked.

ANUSHKA WATCH: Anushka, the 49 year old optical disributor, who sat out from today’s challenge because she’s a blessing, is wearing cream frames, something I’m not 100% sure we’ve seen before.

Matt tells everyone what’s happening tomorrow, and then that’s that!

As usual, this recap was written as I watched the episode, so there will be spelling and grammar mistakes.

I posted a MasterChef rant about Sandeep, and you can read it here. I also did a bigger rant about the rest of the season, and you can read that here.

If you have a Hot Tip, tweet me, leave a comment, or head over to my contact page, and let me know what’s good.

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MasterChef Aus S11E50 – Recap

It’s the first episode of the week, and that means mystery box and invention test.

The episode starts with the contestants heading over to Western Australia.

How do they come in, but helicopter, of course!

One of the girls notices the benches in Optus stadium.

Everyone files in, and wonders where the trio of judges are.

They appear on the big screens, wearing

Gaz says that one of them will get into finals week, and only one person will be going home this week.

Matt tells them to lift the mystery box lids. George calls it ‘best of the west’.

Barramundi, mini pumpkins, lamb, chilis, mandarins, goats cheese, wheat grains, and native bush mint.

“We want spectacular food,” George tells them. “Today, we’ll be tasting all the dishes, because whoever cooks the best dish will be heading into a very special challenge, where you’ll be cooking for a special spot in finals week.”

George starts the time, and the contestants run off to start cooking. Tim, Larissa, and Christina put a hat on and start going.

George and Gaz walk out to start the interigation.

“Out of curiosity,” George says to Tim, “are we ever going to taste a toastie?”
“Ah, I think the time to do that’s past,” he says, then tells us in a voiceover that he still wants to open a toastie food truck.

ANUSHKA WATCH: personal favourite, Anushka, the 49 year old optical distributor, looked as though she’d have a new pair of frames for each episode. For a while there, it looked like she only had a couple, but lo, she’s wearing red frames today, to match her red shirt.

I love her

Time ends, and the contestants get ready for tasting.

First to taste is Larissa.

Barramundi with Pomme Puree and Mandarin Butter Sauce

The judges love it, say its sophisticated and lovely flavours. The barra is cooked perfectly.

Next is Simon.

Roast Pumpkin with Crispy Potatoes and Wheat Bread

Matt says he loves it, but it needed more freshness. Gaz agrees and says some mandarin could have been good.

Next is Tim.

Lamb with Goat’s Cheese Gnocchi and Roast Pumpkin

The lamb is beautifully cooked, and the judges like the gnocchi.

Nicole’s up next.

Pan-fried Barramundi with Pomme Souflees and Pomme Puree

Gaz says it’s good, but the skin could be better.

Christina’s up.

Pumpkin and Mandarin Cake with Goat’s Cheese Ice-Cream

Matt says the ice-cream isn’t quite there.

It’s Tessa next.

Fish and Chips with Pumpkin and Mandarin

The judges love it and Matt calls it a potentially winning dish.

Finally, Anushka.

George calls it a ripping dish and tells her she should be proud. Gaz says there was a lot of thought with flavours, and Matt says it’s really good, a great plate.

Anushka’s really happy because she’s improved.

It’s time for the decision, and the boys walk way to decide.

Winner winner chicken dinner – Anushka has won the mystery box, and Gaz called her dish the prettiest dish she’s done throughout the contest.

George tells them that they’re doing the best Surf and Turf ever. They need at least one ingredient from each crate. They’ll have 60 minutes and an open pantry

Time starts with a classic AFL siren, and the contestants are off.

Bless Anushka, she’s standing on the sidelines cheering Nicole on as she. has dramas and a half, and starts to cry a bit.

As time ends, the contestants all breath in relief and hug each other.

It’s time to taste, and the first up is Tim.

Scallops, Pork and Apple

Matt loves the look of it, calling it pretty and delicate.
Gaz says the way he paired it back was good, and it was really tasty and hearty.
They all love it, and George calls it a true depiction of his development.

Next is Larissa.

Rib Eye with Marron, Charred Leek and Dill Hollandaise

They say it’s tasty, and well done.

Next is Christina.

Seared Beef and Scallops with Persimmon Three Ways

The judges say the persimmon is most up and centre.

Nicole’s up, and after the emotional cook, she gets grilled.

Tenderloin and Rock Lobster with Garlic Butter Sauce and Green Sauce

Gaz says it’s not a successful dish, which is a shame.
George gives her advice to step away for five minutes at the start and think about what to cook and figure it out earlier, so it doesn’t matter later.

Next is Tessa.

Lamb and Scallops with Laksa

They love it, and Gaz says it’s a brilliant dish, with a beautiful image.

“The brief was Surf and Turf 2.0, but I think this is Surf and Turf 10.0,” George tells her.

Finally, Simon.

Octopus with Veal and Radishes

Gaz says he’s delivered. George says it’s not disjointed and it’s harmonious. They all say good job.

The trio walk away for a moment to discuss the dishes, before coming back with the results. They were torn between a couple again this time, but ultimately, one cuisine will reign supreme.

Joining Anushka in the challenge for finals week is Tessa.

At this stage, I think we’ve got two, maybe three weeks left of MasterChef. I think between ten and fifteen episodes, based off previous seasons. Next week might be finals week, though, so recaps are almost over.

As usual, this recap was written as I watched the episode, so there will be spelling and grammar mistakes.

I posted a MasterChef rant about Sandeep, and you can read it here. I also did a bigger rant about the rest of the season, and you can read that here.

If you have a Hot Tip, tweet me, leave a comment, or head over to my contact page, and let me know what’s good.

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‘After’ – Movie Review – Spoilers

I saw After (2019) at the request of a friend. I’m not normally into romance movies, as I feel they’re often quite trope-y and very heterosexual. Nonetheless, I entered the movie with little to no information about it and with no expectations of what the film was about.

Directed by Jenny Gage, this movie is based off a book of the same name by Anna Todd. The book was initially released on the writing site Wattpad, before being picked up by a publisher. It was also originally written as a One Direction fan fiction, not unlike Fifty Shades of Grey. Source.

The film follows Tessa Young, an 18 year old starting college in America. She’s portrayed as a conservative, shy young woman, who has big plans to study and pursue her education.
As she moves onto campus with the assistance of her mum and boyfriend Noah, Tessa meets Steph, her roommate, and her girlfriend Tristan. They’re both seniors, party, and have decorated the room with a dark, edge aesthetic.
Tessa’s mum is upset at the situation, thinking Steph and Tristan will be bad influences, but Tessa assures her that nothing will distract her from studying.
Through Steph and Tristan, she meets Molly, Jace, Zed, and “bad boy” Hardin Scott. At her first class, Tessa meets Landon, and they become friends, however he’s often rarely on screen.
Tessa meets Hardin when she comes back to the room after bathing and finds him sitting there alone. He is a traditionally attractive white man with a British accent, his dad the only other character with a non-American accent. They vaguely talk about books, before he leaves.
After inviting her to a few parties, Steph finally manages to convince Tessa to join them at one. A small group play truth or dare, and Tessa is dared to kiss Hardin. She refuses because she has a boyfriend and leaves.

From there, the plot follows Tessa’s relationship with Hardin, involving his fathers wedding, them moving into an apartment, and Tessa losing her relationship with her boyfriend and mother.
It comes to a head when it’s revealed by Molly that Hardin initiated a relationship with Tessa because of a dare from the party, in which he would make her fall in love with him and then break up with her. However, she is very quick to forgive him, and then the story ends.

Even from the start, the storyline felt like something from “Episodes”, an interactive story app, often with cliche story lines, or a Wattpad novel written by a high schooler. Many aspects of the story line felt unrealistic, ridiculous, and at stages very dangerous.

The film does its best to pose as a romance story, however its one of tragedy. While Hardin is portrayed as a “bad boy”, he’s just a rich privileged white boy who acts like a dick, and throws up major red flags.

TV Tropes defines the “bad boy” trope as, “… a mystery waiting to be solved; the Troubled, but Cute youth with a tragic past is a woobie needing comfort; he’s tough enough to be a girl’s protector, but vulnerable enough to need her as well.”
When I hear “bad boy”, I tend to think of Sean Cameron from Degrassi: The Next Generation, a bad boy from a low socioeconomic background and hard upbringing, who is kind to the people close to him, but tough to the world.
In my opinion, Hardin doesn’t fit into the idea of a bad boy. At one point, his “tragic past” is brought up, where his father used to be a drunk and his shenanigans ended up with an enemy killing his wife, and Hardin’s mother. Eventually, although not really explained, his father ended up moving to America, brought Hardin with him, met a woman, Landon’s mum, and is the head of the university, or chancellor, or something.
This is brought up after Hardin trashed the house because his dad got engaged, which brings us to the next point.

There were so many red flags coming up, and for someone who seemed to have her head screwed on tight, Tessa should never have dated him, let alone spend time with him. There were many instances where Hardin did or said things that made me concerned for Tessa’s wellbeing. One of them was when Landon called Tessa to come over because of an emergency. She arrives at the house to find it trashed, and Landon picking up the pieces. Hardin had gotten into a rage and thrown vases, chairs, etc around, leaving a mess, before going outside and drinking from a bottle right next to the pool.
Tessa goes outside to speak to Hardin, and he talks to her in a very aggressive manner. He holds out the bottle towards her and drops it, glass and alcohol going all around. Tessa reaches down and starts to clean up the glass, but cuts herself. Hardin stops her, and takes her away to clean her wound.
From his destructive aggressive outburst, and how non-apologetic Hardin is towards it, it’s clear that this is part of who he is, and should be a concern for Tessa. However, she doesn’t seem to think anything on it.

The timeline of the whole story is very vague. There is little to no indication of how much time passes throughout the entire film.
At one stage, Tessa’s mum comes to visit and walks in on her getting frisky with Hardin. Infuriated, Tessa is given an ultimatum – break up with him, or be cut off financially. Tessa calls her mum out for planning out her life, although little to no evidence is given in the film, and decides to stay with Hardin. Shortly after, he produces a key for an apartment he’s house sitting for the year, and tells her they can both live there, so they move in together.

While the beginning of the film is Tessa starting university, the end is her receiving marks back for an essay. It’s not clear if this is second semester, or she’s still in first. The timeline is very hazy. The existing concern for Tessa is added by this haziness, as it feels like it could fit into a week, a month, or a semester.

Tessa continues to be isolated from her family and friends. Her only regular friend, who is rarely shown, is Landon, who is related to Hardin by marriage. At the end, Steph says Tessa hasn’t seen her since she moved out, and god knows how long that’s been. Her only family is her mother, who she ends up not speaking to for most of the film, and she cheats on her boyfriend.

At the end of the film, Tessa and Hardin aren’t talking, since it’s revealed the relationship was part of a dare. One of Tessa’s teachers gives her Hardin’s essay, because while it was for the class, it was for Tessa? And she reads it, it’s basically an apology, she forgives him, and finds him to get together.

My friend said she enjoyed it, but for me, I sat in the theatre in horror for most of the time, wondering how Tessa could allow herself to keep going with this toxic relationship.

If I had the choice of retaining my memory of the movie, or have it removed from my brain forever, I would opt for the latter. I felt completely unsatisfied from the movie, and won’t be talking to my friend anymore.

For plot, out of 5, I would give it a one. It was consistent, at least, and there was a vague grasp of what the characters are like.

Would I recommend? NO!

MasterChef Aus S11E49 – Recap

After the team challenge yesterday, Simon, Derek, Tessa and Tim are into the elimination, and tonight, it’s the auction.

Matt is wearing a red plaid suit, and it’s honestly a look. I love it.
George isn’t wearing socks today, and it feels more of a Queensland Week look, but go off I guess.
As always, Gaz wears a usual sort of suit.

I’m super tired today, so I can’t take any photos.

The judges stand in front of a big shelf of ingredients, and get straight to the rules. There are twelve ingredients to bid for. They’ll all start with 120 minutes, and bid in lots of 5 minutes. The ingredients are below, along with who got them and for how much. Once they have something from the category, they are ineligible for the remaining ones. That means whoever hadn’t bid for the first three gets the last one for free.

Under their benches are their usual staples, bar the eggs, as it’s an auction ingredient. The pantry and garden are closed. They’ll have to use at least one ingredient from each category they win.

Matt’s the auctioneer, and gets everything going quickly and smoothly

The first category is protein.

First is pork belly. Tim wins and bids 25 minutes, leaving him with 95.
Next is eggs. Derek wins and bids 10 minutes, leaving him with 110.
Next is John Dory. Tessa wins and bids 25 minutes, leaving her with 95.
Finally, lamb. Simon wins be default and loses no time, keeping him at 120.

The next category is vegetables.

First is root vegetables. Simon wins and bids 25 minutes, leaving him with 95.
Next is allium (onions). Derek wins and bids 30 minutes, leaving him with 80.
Next is citrus. Tessa wins with 5 minutes, leaving her with 90.
Finally, nightshade (tomatoes, eggplants, etc). Tim wins by default and loses no time, keeping him at 95.

The next category is like misc, I guess.

First is fresh herbs. Tessa wins with 40 minutes, leaving her with 55.
Next is spices. Simon wins with 20 minutes, leaving him at 75.
Next is spreads. Tim wins with 5 minutes, leaving him with 90.
Finally, condiments. Derek wins by default, and keeps his 80 minutes.

Each contestant will end at the same time.
First to cook is Tim. He has 90 minutes, pork belly, nightshade vegetables, and spreads.
Second is Derek. He has 80 minutes, eggs, allium, and condiments.
Third is Simon. He has 75 minutes, lamb, root vegetables, and spices.
Finally, Tessa. She has 55 minutes, John Dory, citrus, and fresh herbs.
I have 5 minutes and approximately 50 grams of salami.

Tim’s time starts and he gets straight into it. Eventually, everyone ends up cooking.

ANUSHKA WATCH: Anushka, the 49 year old optical distributor, is wearing her tortoise shell like frames. We’ve definitely seen these before, which puts a hole in my theory that she has a pair of glasses for every cook.

The judges stand around and watch as Derek tries to make tortellini with quail yolk inside each one. He cracks each one so carefully, and they keep splitting. He gets one to work and tells us he just needs to make two more. He’s got 3 quail eggs left. The next one breaks at the last second, and George comes over to tell him it’s a mess.

Derek agrees and scraps it. It’s now a 20 minute challenge. I’m so worried about him now. He and Anushka are my favourites, so if he goes, and Tim and Simon are still there, I’m going to be very sad and disappointed.

Tim’s pork belly hasn’t crackled at the top, and if I know the trio of judges, crackling is very important to them, and they won’t tolerate un-crackled crackling.
He puts it back into the oven under the grill, but the crackling starts to burn around the edges.

Thankfully, time ends, and I can stop stressing about Derek’s egg yolks.

It’s time for the tasting, and Simon’s first.

He’s cooked carrots and lamb.

Gaz loves the colour of the dish, and calls it absolutely incredible. After eating, he says it fills his heart with joy, and says the carrots are the tastiest bit by far.

They all agree it’s great.

Next is Derek.

He’s cooked duck egg with smoked pasta and onion sauce.

When the judges grill him, he tells them he only really had 20 minutes. He pushed himself and took a risk, but it hasn’t translated. Matt looks really sad at this story, but tells him he might not have time to do it again.
Derek says he’s worried about going home.

By the look, they say it’s a small dish and not a lot. It’s about two spoonfuls.

Gaz says the onion sauce wasn’t good, and Matt says the big egg yolk wasn’t appealing.

Next is Tim.

He’s cooked crispy pork belly with glazed pork rib, potato mash and crispy potatoes.

They say the ribs and the mash are nice, but the fat isn’t melty, the crackling isn’t crispy and it’s leathery. George calls it a shame.

Finally it’s Tessa.

Her dish is John Dory with citrus and herbs.

Tessa says she’s never been in an elimination before, and it was a hard cook for her.

Gaz says it looks pink along the bone. George reminds her that it all rides on the fish.

They slice the fish and find it’s cooked very nicely.

After tasting the dish, they talk about how great it is and don’t say anything negative about the dish.

It’s down to Tim and Derek, and I’m terrified for Derek right now.

The trio of judges come out to reveal who’s out. Gaz tells Tessa the Dory was cooked perfectly, and she’s safe. Then, he tells Simon it was perfect and he’s safe as well.

Matt tells Tim that his dish had a few dramas. He tells Derek the pasta ricotta was good, but asked why the duck yolk, and the sauce wasn’t very good.

“It’s with great sadness, but Derek, today you’re going home,” Matt says.

After his montage, Derek hugs everyone before heading out.

Where are they now? Derek has gone on a food tour and plans on opening a restaurant in Perth.

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MasterChef Aus S11E48 – Recap

It’s week 10’s team challenge. After Larissa won her pin last night with her corn combination, it’s going to be exciting to see what the contestants will serve today.

The contestants are in Queenscliff, and the judges are waiting for them by a train line.

Gaz welcomes them, and tells them to look behind them.

It’s the Q Train, and specialises in showing the local cuisine.

Matt tells them that 30 diners will be experiencing a 4 course vegetarian meal. Each team will make one course.

George starts to get to the nitty gritty, standing there in his chef whites. Their kitchens are set up at different stops. At each stop, they load their food on. They’ll be plating and serving their food before the next stop.

Matt brings out a knife block. Each knife has a number on it. Whoever shares the number will be their team mate. The number also corresponds to a meal.

The teams:

Anushka and Larissa – first course – purple team.
Christina and Nicole – second course – yellow team.
Tessa and Tim – third course – burgundy team.
Derek and Simon – fourth course – green team.

George has picked four local ingredients that will be featured in their dishes. They won’t find out what their ingredient is until they enter the kitchen. They’ll have two hours to prep and cook. The train will arrive at the 2 hour mark, and they’ll be loaded on to plate and serve. They’ll have 20 minutes to do so. The bottom two teams will be in elimination tomorrow.

“Organisation is paramount,” George says, and tells them the train doesn’t wait for anyone. “Miss the train, and you miss service.”

First is Anushka and Larissa in Queenscliff.

Their ingredient is white oyster mushrooms.

ANUSHKA WATCH: 49 year old optical distributor, Anushka, is wearing white/cream glasses, and they’re looking a bit like her elimination glasses?

George works with them to talk about the flavours and the ingredient.

The yellow team, Christina and Nicole, are over at Suma Park. Their ingredient is zucchini.

Then a little van/truck comes by and it really throws George. He watches as it drives away before returning to the task at hand.

They’ve said zucchini so many times it doesn’t sound like a word anymore.

Over in Drysdale is the burgundy team, Tessa and Tim.

Their ingredient is eggplant, one of the most popular emojis.

The last team is Derek and Simon, the green team, and their ingredient is figs. It’s never actually explicitly said where they are, but I think they’re also at Suma Park?

The diners start loading up the train, and Anushka and Larissa need to hustle and get their food on the train.

Anushka and Larissa need to plate and serve before the train gets to Suma Park.

George comes to see Nicole and Christina and says, ‘This plate is too small.’
The girls rush to get something else, before the train arrives in 20 minutes.

It’s time to taste Larissa and Anushka’s dish.

Mushrooms On Toast

Gaz says it’s great that it looks pretty, and the crumb stands out nicely. The puree is delicious, and the pickled mushroom is great.

Matt says as a customer, he loves it. As a hardcore top 8, this is a bit too forward in lemon.
Gaz says more crunch would be better.

The train arrives in Suma Park, and the women are frantic to get everything together in time.
Gaz comes out to tell them to load. Anything they forget is dead to them.

They start to plate, and realise that it’s a bit drama city with the movements.

Tessa and Tim are frantically trying to get their eggplants to work.

They’ve also decided to cook eggs in plastic bags in the sous vide, because that’s the tool they just learnt about. The eggs are still runny, and it’s looking gross.

Then, somehow, Tim’s wedding ring yeeted his ring onto the tracks. He’s lucky the train wasn’t there when it fell off his finger.

It’s time to taste Christina and Nicole’s dish.

Celebration of Zucchini

They love it, and say the flavours are great. Gaz says there’s a lot of flavours and it tastes amazing. The boys say they want bread for the bits of zucchini spread/puree, idk. They harass local diners for their bread.

It’s time for the burgundy team, Tessa and Tim.

They load up, and the train leaves Drysdale.

Simon and Derek are doing their last minute stuff before the train comes their way.

George tastes a bit of their food and goes, ‘I don’t like it.’
They’re freaking out, George tells them it’s fatty and bitter.

On the train, Tim gets their condom eggs ready for service. They’re not looking that appealing at all.

Middle Eastern Eggplant – Ballerina Style

Gaz says he doesn’t like the textures, and feels there needs to be a crunch. There’s nothing about it he particularly likes. Gaz calls it sloppy, Matt calls it slugy, and says that adding dukkha doesn’t make it Middle Eastern.

Tim and Derek start serving their dishes up on the train.

Olive Oil Cake with Mascarpone, Fig and Fig Leaf Syrup. Dusting of dehydrated fig leaf

The judges agree that it’s beautiful looking, but also says it’s not figgy enough.

Matt says it’s top eight now, and they need to step it up a bit more.

It’s time for the decisions, and everyone’s hoping they’ll be safe.

Gaz says the top two dishes were consistent for all the dishes, and they scraped their plates clean.

Those dishes were the purple team, Anushka and Larissa, and the yellow team, Christina and Nicole, and they’re all safe.

That means the burgundy team, Tessa and Tim, who had terrible eggs, and the green team, Derek and Simon, who didn’t fig it up enough, are in elimination tomorrow night.

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The Super Switch Aus S01E06 – Recap

Here’s a refresh of the couples, because it’s easy to forget their dramas and their real partners.

Ben and Christie (swapped with Tyler and Olga).

Justin and Neesha (swapped with Lachlan and Miranda).

Kendrick and Romina (swapped with Aimee and Marcus).

The beach mansion: Ben, Olga, Justin, Miranda, Kendrick and Aimee.
The city mansion: Neesha, Lachlan, Christie, Tyler, Romina and Marcus.

So in the last episode, Lachlan was having a super hard time camping in Darwin without his girl.

I’m actually annoyed with Ro, because she’s going, ‘Oh, Ken can’t sleep in a bed or bedroom with someone, no,’ but then goes and shares a room and bed with Marcus.

Everyone’s also a bit salty because she implies that while she trusts Ken, Aimee is sleazy and would be more opened to sleeping in the same bed as Ken, and maybe some more 😉 and that really gets Marcus and Tyler angry.
She starts crying because she feels that Marcus has attacked her.

Living the dream is the beach mansion over in Port Douglas. They decide to go to a restaurant.

Aimee and Miranda both admit that they were really upset when they got there and were like, “I should be here with my boy.”

Ken says that he’s not comfy being around emotional people. And then he forgets her name. It’s SUUUPER awkward, and he takes a while to remember it.
Aimee says that he has forgotten her name throughout the whole experiment, which proves they’re not connecting.

Oof, Aimee is in the middle of talking, and Ken cuts her off to order another drink.

I’m so sick of Ben, like he’s an absolute ugh.

‘Some people hate me, some people just have sand in their vagina.’

Then the boys get angry at her for not saying something about what bothers her earlier.
Miranda agrees that she wouldn’t want to say anything because this is the reaction she’s gotten. They try and tell her to tell them to stop with the long jokes and to stand up when things annoy her.
Personally, I want either Jacqui or Guy’s opinion on this (HMU).

Ro leaves for the mo and everyone is throwing wild shade about it and discussing what she said about Aimee, saying it sounded like she was calling her a slut.
Marcus defends it, saying it might just be a language barrier, and if it is, he doesn’t mind.
Ro comes back and is like, ‘What were you guys talking about?’
Marcus tells her, and she’s like, ‘Uh, why? What do you mean?’

Oof, it’s getting really awkward, because she’s going, ‘Oh no, I wasn’t saying she’s a slut or looking for something else. I just think he’s very attractive and she might feel very comfortble around him.’
It’s very uncomfortable, I want to move to Port Douglas.

Thankfully, so does the editing team, so that’s where we’re at.

They’re having a major booze up at home, there’s swimming, there’s dancing, a bit of mooning.

Then, Justin heads home, where Miranda has been asleep for hours on the couch.
He’s super obnoxious drunk and comes in kinda yelling, ‘What are ya doin’ out here?’
She’s like, ‘Sleeping, gtfo.’
He has a full unnecessary conversation with her about why she was on the couch when she would have been more comfy in the bed. He leaves the door open and heads to bed, so she has to get up to close the doors.

Ugh, he’s being the worst in the morning. She comes in to be like, ‘Hey you were the worst last night,’ and he’s like, ‘Um, I don’t deserve this first thing in the morning, like he didn’t disrupt her sleep to discuss their sleeping arrangements.

Miranda’s like, ‘I feel sorry for Neesha if she’s got to put up with this after he’s been drinking. I wouldn’t be with him.’

Guy Vicars turns up in Port Douglas to talk to the couples about how things are going.

Justin talks about waking Miranda up the next morning. Miranda’s like, ‘Yeah it was really annoying,’ and Justin’s like, ‘Ugh.’
Guy’s going, ‘Isn’t this what annoys Neesha?’ and Justin’s like, ‘Ugh.’

The couples are on their way to a national park, and they’re driving in their own cars.

Marcus dreads talking to Ro in the car. Ro brings it up and starts to talk to him about the sitch and what she meant.

Meanwhile, they’re driving in like mud, and water, etc.

Christie goes, “It’s great to be in the serenity” and all I can think is The Castle.

Justin takes Miranda on a cruise to try and clear the air. He tells her that he doesn’t think he needs to apologise, and Miranda’s like, ‘Um, you were a dick. Is this how you treat Neesh?’ and he’s like, ‘???’

It’s super awkward, and he needs to just stfu, like he’s not listening and doesn’t understand what she’s talking to her about.

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The Super Switch Aus S01E05 – Recap

Last episode ended with the cliffhanger – will Ben stay on for the rest of the experiment? He’s been having a hard time away from his girl.

Here’s the deets of who’s were, because it’s been a week.

Ben and Christie (swapped with Tyler and Olga).

Justin and Neesha (swapped with Lachlan and Miranda).

Kendrick and Romina (swapped with Aimee and Marcus).

The beach mansion: Ben, Olga, Justin, Miranda, Kendrick and Aimee.
The city mansion: Neesha, Lachlan, Christie, Tyler, Romina and Marcus.

While the big question of last week was if Ben will stay in the experiment, it comes to a underwhelming resolution – yes, he’s staying, and he’s going to super try.

This week, the couples go on surprise dates, but also we only see a few.

Tyler takes Christie ice-skating to be like, ‘I’m Canadian, by the way’. Like, watching ice hockey game seems a bit more Canadian, but who am I to tell a Canadian what’s Canadian and what’s not.

But then Tyler’s really nice, and says he wants to take Christie on a date where it’s not around the boys and not around alcohol. Also Olga doesn’t like going out and doing things, so…

After wanting to leave yesterday, Ben wants to make it up to Olga. He’s feelin a lot better, and organises a dinner or something.

She doesn’t seem offended by his fish shoes, which is questionable.

Olga starts to cry because she doesn’t seem to trust Tyler, and wants to know if he’s actually serious with her, or if he’s into Christie, or if he doesn’t want to be with her anymore.

Marcus goes all out trying to make a connection with Ro after his weird meltdown last week, and so he does an Argentinian dinner for her, and buys her a present, and she’s super touched by it. He’s like, ‘Great, maybe I’ll learn to be close to a woman by being nice.’

At the beach mansion, they decide they’d rather do a group date and talk there. Ben keeps making these weird crude jokes. Like they’re talking about how he would have consoled his girl with a hug if she started crying, and he was joking about putting a foot between her legs at the table? No-one finds it funny, like at all.

Then everyone starts SLAMMING on Tyler, telling Olga she’s too good for him, and she shouldn’t feel bad about wanting his time, and it’s honestly wild, but gets tense when Ben tells them to not be hard on the guy, because he’s not there to defend himself.

The city mansion are outside having a few drinks and talking about when they first said i love you to their partner.
Marcus talks about how he got together with Aimee, and told her he loves her for the first time, both when he was drunk. Honestly fits into his vibe…

Neesh finds a letter from Jacqui. She tells the city mansion that they’re going to outback Darwin.

Over at the beach mansion, Guy tells them a similar thing, but they’re heading to Port Douglas to get their spa on.

Guy tells us the couples will get very different bonding. So the beach mansion will bond via fun, and the city mansion bond through the hardships. Is it a form of punishment for certain people? That’s not for me to say.

When the beach manor get to Port Douglas, they try and figure out what to do with the one bedroom sitch.

Aimee’s like, “I’m not getting the same experience, this isn’t that great, because Ken isn’t sleeping in the same room as me.”
She’s missing out on the connection the other couples are getting by sleeping in the same room and having late night chats.

The city couples have arrived into the outback and they look so out of place. I don’t think any of them have heard of camping before today, TBH.

None of them look ready for this at all, and I’m super excited.

Tommy – Outback guide

They’re met by Tommy who gets them ready to camp, and shows them to the toilet, which is a chair in the middle of nowhere, with a pit below it, and some newspaper for entertainment before they wipe.

Jacqui tells us that they’re going to accelerate the bonding process by having them face these hardships. Excellent.

Everyone’s a bit salty about the whole situation, Lachlan says he hates camping, Ro isn’t up for this at all. It’s actually so funny watching them struggle with tense music trying to camp. Like, I did scouts, and this is pretty much glamping to me, but go off I guess.

Over in Port Douglas, Miranda is having a hard time not being with Lachlan. She’s like, “It’s so nice here and I wanna be with my boy, but instead, I’m stuck with a stranger, which is wild, because this is a couples sort of place.”

Neesh tries to get the bed up and goes, “Nah, I want Justin here instead. It’d be more comfy,” and doesn’t want Lachlan to sleep up there with her, and Lachlan is like, “Samesies.”
Both Neesh and Lachlan are having a super hard time being here, and I think if Jacqui was there, they might be having a bit of an easier time.
They’re both on the verge of just quitting.

The cliffhanger of the night is will Lachlan throw the towel in?

Lucky, we don’t have to wait long to find out, just a quick ad break.

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