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Guest Post: Survivor Recap – A Challenge Thrown And A Blindside

Rosie is back with the latest recap. Thanks Rosie and over to you:

And now it’s Week 6 already! Who will go home tonight? The name of the episode is Odd Woman Out, which may or may not be ominous for one of the gels. Let’s wait and see, shall we?

We start on the Red tribe, with Shirin being a bit upset that her only friend, Max, has now gone. Carolyn and Hali aren’t exactly reassuring when they tell her that he was really annoying and that she is too. Shirin thinks this could either be her personality (gee, ya think?), or that it’s like her high school days, when she grew up as a poor little rich girl but was never quite as beautiful or as thin as the other girls. *insert biggest eye roll in the world here*

Meanwhile at the Blue tribe, Dan tells the newbies to the tribe how he lost his Reg Grundies and now wears a nappy made from his shirt instead. Yeah, they’re fascinated, mate. Rodney is trying to form a new alliance with Joaquin. He tells him (J) that Mike never misses going to church, is celibate and teetotal. Joaquin is amazed. They agree that since they are both party boys that makes them instant best friends and they should work together.
Reward Challenge. The reward is a trip to a turtle sanctuary to watch the turtles migrate up the beach where they’ll lay their eggs. Then they (the winning tribe, not the turtles ;) ) will get comfort food such as macaroni cheese, beef stew and hot chocolate. In this challenge the teams have to zoom up a tower – yes of course through obstacles, why would you even ask? – and chuck sandbags at targets via slingshot thingies. The first team to hit 6 targets wins. You’d think that this being a physical challenge, the winning team would be the (almost) all boyish Blues, but you’d be wrong, because the Reds win! Onya, Reds. Shirin hopes this will give her a chance to bond with her team. We see them enjoy their food and watch the turtles crawl up the beach and lay their eggs. The guide explains that Mama Turtle lays about 120 eggs at a time, with maybe 1 of them having a chance of survival. This makes genius Jenn realise she has a better chance of winning Survivor than these wee things do at life. Oh my Lord!
At the Blues camp, Joaquin chats to Sierra. J says Joe is strong so they should remove him before the merge. Sierra tells him that Rodney is a loose cannon. Between you and me and the gate post, I agree with her. But of course since Joaquin and Rodney are now besties, Sierra’s going to get nowhere with that tack. Rodney then joins them and asks Sierra if she’s still angry with him. She sensibly keeps her mouth shut. Rodney seems to think he can win this whole thing. Oh Christ, no, anyone but him! Rodney then tells Mike that he can influence Joaquin, and that they should throw a challenge to eliminate Joe. Oh please, does this mean things go wrong and we can get rid of Rodney? Mike tells us it rarely works to throw a challenge (Rosie nods vigorously), but since his alliance is with Kelly who is on the other tribe, he’ll go along with it.
Immunity Challenge. The challenge is one of those memory based ones where, after viewing a bunch of items in a particular order, one of the players then pulls a lever to remove the display of items from view. Things are even until it’s Mike versus Kelly. Mike doesn’t only blow the challenge, but tells Kelly he’s doing so, and then tells her what to put where! Mind you, even having done that, it takes her a while to beat him. So of course the Reds win, what with having said win handed to them beautifully gift wrapped and decorated with a large blue bow.
The Blues are ever so proud to have deliberately lost (the ones who are in the know, that is) the challenge. Mike admits privately that a little part of him died having to throw it. Sierra is enjoying finally being in a power position with just about everyone wanting her vote, as the usual scrambling and deliberating takes up their afternoon.
Tribal Council. Joe says he can see cracks in the majority alliance and Tyler says there is bad blood around Sierra. Rodney says things are different now that the tribes have changed but Sierra says it was the personal attacks that bothered her. And now they need her vote they are sucking up to her, but she doesn’t know who she can trust. It’s time to vote. We see Joaquin and Joe vote for each other. No idol is played. Jeff reads the votes: Joe, Joaquin, Joe, Joaquin, Joe, Joaquin and… Joaquin! Poor widdle Wodney is shocked! His head keeps swivelling around as if someone is going to have an “It was me!” sign above them. Most amusing. Sierra looks pretty happy, as does Mike. Joaquin tells us he was completely blindsided, but he takes it well. Heh. Love me a good blindside.
Next week: the merge! Should be interesting. I can’t promise it will be, just that it should.

March 27, 2015   8 Comments

The Amazing Race – Japan To Phuket

The Amazing Race left Japan and headed for Patong, with the blind date couples up the front of the pack. Interesting concept this season where the teams are either made up of dating couples or teams of “blind dates”, that is they have been put together for the race. It must be a new form of torture to be on the Amazing Race with a person you did not know. Can see this going pear shaped quickly.

The teams headed off from Nagano to Phuket, well nearly all as Jonathan (he is from New Kids On The Block) and Harley could not get tickets and landed in the morning when everyone else landed at night. Lucky for them the other teams had been put up in a hotel for the night.

In the morning after getting their clue at the upside down house they had the choice of detours the Wave Park or Tree Top Waiting.

The wave riding looked difficult but so did the tree waiting. I was surprised that not more couples did the wave ride as they all look quite fit.

Clue reading appears to be an issue with two teams taking off with their trays without reading the sign.

Hayley was cracking it at Blair about being a follower and not stopping and thinking rather then following the previous teams and she went on and on. But to be honest I felt her frustration as he did not listen to her, not sure how this blind date is working out for them.  They were sent back but ended up finishing it second after the truckers that are actually dating.

Matt and Ashley were not quite so lucky. Matt was asking her if she was ok with her tray as she was getting hooked up to fly  and he then knocked his own drink over. The look on her face priceless.

After the detour it was off to a night club where they had to dress up as lady boys and learn a dance. Was this appropriate challenge? Tyler did seem to enjoy the challenge a lot.

The truckers, Mike and Rochelle, arrived first at the pitstop and won a trip to Prague which they were pretty happy about as they did not look happy at all doing the dance.

Jonathan and Harley who had had a disaster with their flights and did not make it to Phuket until the following morning arrived last at the pitstop, but lucky for them it was a non elimination leg.

Next week Bangkok.

March 27, 2015   4 Comments

My Kitchen Rules – After A Strong Start Rob And Dave Say Goodbye

Rob and Dave who early in the competition looked like they could go the all way after their fabulous instant restaurant have been eliminated.

They were in the elimination battle against Jane and Emma in a three course cook off and to be fair all their dishes looked fantastic.

However the most entertaining part of the episode came from the peanut gallery. When Kat announced that Rob and Dave were doing Crayfish Ravioli that was a disaster dish from the WA’s couple instant restaurant. Kat turned to Shaz and Jac and asked what they had thought of the dish, with Shaz diplomatically saying she could say as she did not get much of the dish.

Rob and Dave’s entree of Open lobster Ravioli received better reviews with Colin saying the lobster is cooked well and Liz said that they have treated the lobster with respect. Clearly she had not seen it put into boiling water….

Rob and Dave continued with their seafood theme for main making Stuffed Blue Eye Trevalla with soft Polenta. The fish was over cooked. However Pete thought it had beautiful flavour and he preferred it to the girl’s pasta.

For dessert their Mini Pavlova’ with passionfruit curd looked amazing as well and received good reviews in fact the judges looked relieved to be eating decent food for once.

However Jane and Emma menu was delicious as well.

They made Green Papaya Salad with Salt and Pepper Prawns  for entree which Karen Martini thought it was superb. Manu would have liked more dressing because he is now an expert in Asian food.

Their main was Lamb Ragu with Fettucini which did not look that brilliant on the plate but apparently it was tasty. Manu did say he was not enjoying the pea puree but the pasta was cooked well.

And finally their dessert of Bomboloni aka some Italian Doughnuts was a big hit. This was surprising considering when they first started cooking them they were raw in inside.

So poor Rob and Dave even though they scored 45 points were eliminated. You did get the feeling they had been struggling for a few weeks in the competition with dishes not quite up the standards of the others.

March 26, 2015   23 Comments

Reality Tidbits – Wednesday Morning

Lara Bingle has had a baby boy, so now the speculation will move onto what she and her husband Sam Worthington have named it. (Source:

Natalie Bassingthwaite has replaced the Kill’s on the New Zealand’s version of The X Factor but she has been criticised for being to meek. (Source: Daily Telegraph)

Skye Wheatley from last year’s Big Brother went to Bangkok to get a boob job and here are the results. (Source: Daily Mail) Thanks Bron for sending it in.

Redfoo was the first contestant to be eliminated on the US version of Dancing With The Stars, which is a tad surprising considering he does have some rhythm . (Source: Daily Mail)

Australian Survivor contestant Joel Betts loses his appeal on his attempted murder sentence. (Source: SMH)

There is a reality show called Neighbours With Benefits about seining in the US. Ironically it is not the first swinging reality show as there was one set in Atlanta. (Source: Washington Post)

SEVEN is advertising Gordon Ramsay on The Costa Del Sol. It appears like a Spanish version of Kitchen Nightmares. Does this guy even cook anymore?


March 25, 2015   11 Comments

My Kitchen Rules – A Wedding, Some Good Cooking, But Two Sent To Sudden Death

Drasko finally said something intelligent tonight saying “I cannot believe someone wants us to cook for their wedding, the most important day of their lives”.  Well maybe someone that wants their reception paid for.

Let’s face it, unless the the people who are getting married are shelling out big bucks, the food is normally a bit ordinary but the kicker for this wedding is the bride, Chardai (which must be the boganised version of Sade),was a chef. Her and the groom Ross requested modern Australian menu which basically means anything. The downside for the wedding party and their guests was the reception was held in the middle of the field on a hot day and they had to hold white parasols while they ate.

The big marquee that was giving shade was over the kitchens where the teams were pumping out a three course meal. Each team had to do one course.

Ash and Camilla were doing an entree and it was a Confit of Ocean Trout with Whipped Caviar and Ginger Broth. Ash was not happy when she found out the oven’s lowest temperature was 100 degrees which was too high to confit the fish. Who said cooking show were not educational. In the end Ash decided to turn up the heat up the oil and then poured it onto the fish. It worked. Colin said the dish was packed with flavour.

Drasko and Bianca were also doing an entree of Duck Breast with Beetroot, Cherry and Chocolate.  For someone who wants to be a cook, Drasko appears to be a bit of a dreamer. Bianca was asking Drasko about how the beetroot was going and he said fine and told her to focus on tasks. However when she looked at the beetroot it was burnt and Drasko said no it is not it was just caramelised.  He finally conceded that some of the pieces were burnt. The judges thought it was OK but did not like the chocolate. Colin said sous viding the duck meant it lost flavour. The bride and groom thought it was delicious. Maybe this was what saved them from the bottom two.

Will and Steve cooked Chicken Liver Parfait with Raisin Puree and Lavosh and pickled vegetables for an entree. Otherwise known as a polarising dish. Will’s plating up was not good and Steve, the perfectionist, took over and got them looking very classy indeed. Colin said it was a winner and Pete loved it as it reminded it of his much maligned baby formula. It was a polarising dish for the wedding guests.

Rob and Dave cooked a main of Butter poaching Eye Fillet with Pureed Cauliflower. The well oiled machine of the Qld boys was shattered when their cauliflower exploded in the blender and it went all over the bench. Of course they resuscitated it. Colin thought it looked like a dish for the pub challenge. Pete called it not too bad and but he did not think it had the wow factor.

Kat and Andre made another main of Pork Fillet with Orange and Fennel Slaw. Kat said she make it all up herself. I had not thought Orange and Fennel Salad was that original. Pete and Colin were gushing over the pinkness of the pork. It as very pink for the average punter but it must be a chef thing as it was the bride’s favourite dish. So expect more of Kat’s “original” dishes.

Eva and Debra were making  Dukkah Crusted Lamb with Pumpkin Puree. Pete thought the lamb was delicious. With the lack of air time they got tonight you knew they were safe.

Josh and Rose were making dessert. One of Roses signature dishes of  White Chocolate Custard with a Mixed Berry Compote and spun sugar. After burning the first batch of custard they managed to plate a good dish. Colin said it is a textbook custard and he thought it was a great dish.

Jane and Emma were making Ricotta Cheesecake with Blood Orange and Raspberry. Pete thought the citrus coming through was lovely, but criticised the biscuit saying it was too hard.

Adam and Carol were making Citrus Celebration which was like an Assiette of Citrus and it looked a bit like chunder on a plate sans carrots. Colin thought it was refreshing. One of the guests said they wanted more of it.

Colin when the teams were all together told Josh that he was very impressed that he was cooking for a wedding at 18 years of age. But really it was his mum doing most of it and he was like the kitchen hand. They won peoples choice award so are safe from the next elimination.

The two teams in the sudden cook off are Jane and Emma and Rob and Dave. Emma said that she  thought the dish was too simple and they were not pushing themselves. I suspect it is time for Rob and Dave to go.

March 25, 2015   84 Comments