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Posts from — January 2013

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Starts Tonight on Discovery Health

The controversial show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo starts tonight on Discovery Health at 8pm. The show is about Honey Boo Boo who was a pageant star in Toddlers And Tiaras but it showcases her whole family in their home town.

It has attracted criticism about her about child exploitation, as people are laughing at their redneck ways. However it is enormously  popular and there are Honey Boo Boo special and a new series commissioned.

One interesting thing to note is that the mother is not taking any of the now quite large sums of money but it all goes into trust for her kids education. Very unKardashian like.

If you watch it can you tell me what you think, as I have yet to see an episode, however will give it a look see next week.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo on Discovery Health on 8pm Thursdays with repeats throughout the week.

January 31, 2013   11 Comments

The Amazing Race Australia Wins Another Award

Last night in Sydney, The Amazing Race Australia won an AACTA (formerly known as the AFI awards) for best reality TV series. It is another trophy to add to the shelf. The show late last year also won an International Emmy.

However it is still unclear whether there will be a series three on SEVEN this year.

Channel SEVEN programmer Angus Ross when talking to TV Tonight about his Network’s programs was still being quite ambiguous about whether they have commissioned The Amazing Race Australia for 2013.

He told TV Tonight:

“There are a number of announcements to come for the back half of the year including Beauty & The Geek, Amazing Race and so forth. A lot of things are in the mix, and things will become clearer in the coming months.”

In other reality TV related news he also told TV Tonight:
  • That celebrities are keen to be cast on the new show Celebrity Splash;
  • The Mole will now just be The Mole, they have dropped culture clash; and
  • Please Marry My Boy is coming back.

January 31, 2013   3 Comments

My Kitchen Rules – The Scoring is Bollocks

Seriously there is some shonky scoring going on in My Kitchen Rules this season. Lisa and Stefano from South Australia gave the Western Australian hipsters a six for their dinner which was a bit of a disaster but only gave the Tassie father and son team a five? You get the feeling that they think the white collar professionals are more their milieu than some of the others around the table and this coloured the scores they gave them.

Also Pete and Manu are being over generous in their scoring giving eight and nine’s to dishes where the presentation was below par.

One person I am coming around to liking is Jake from Queensland you get the feeling he could go from villain to hero in one fell swoop by giving those spice girls a bit of a tickle up.  He said: “Jessie and Biswa don’t know a good food marriage…don’t think they have a lot of knowledge.”

He also came up with some classic zingers on the night where, lets face it, the dinner party was a bit of a disaster.

They included:

  • “There is a fine line between an appetizer and an entree” after being served one lamb cutlet for entree.
  • “If they stuffed up cous cous the fondant could be a bit of a challenge” talking about what he thought the dessert could be like; and
  • ” The dessert is as bland as their personalities!” Yup have to agree on that one as well.

Josh and Andi called their dinner party Black Champagne, which of course, Lisa thought was cool, but as the others pointed out the menu did not really match the theme.

They menu however was more Moroccan, with Dukkah Crusted Lamb Cutlets for entree, Moroccan Chicken with harissa and vegetable cous cous for main, and Chocolate Fondant with Coffee Anglaise for dessert.

Josh and Andi are typical too cool for school types. Their dream is to open a bar serving tapas style dishes (of course), and they were prepared to drive an hour to buy what they think are the best lamb cutlets in Perth. Seriously there was no decent butcher closer? Dumb strategy as it bit into their prep time. Not that there was a lot of prep for their meals as compared to some dinner parties.

Andi like to think of herself as more arty, whereas she described Josh and methodical. She had tasked him to remember the recipes. Seriously why not have a copy stashed in your pocket and take a quick sneak peek when you go to the loo!

First course disaster was not making enough dukkah so only being able to serve up one lamb cutlet to each person. Considering the wait between courses on this show it is a wonder none of the teams went postal when they saw the small size. There was not even any green leaves to nibble on.

What was on the plate tasted good, but presentation was very ordinary. For someone allegedly so arty the presentation was one of the weakest seen so far.

Manu would have liked another cutlet, and the spice girls whinged there was not enough salt. Everyone else liked it, well we won’t know what Kerrie thinks, as she was bossy in the kitchen when she was cooking but now they are commentating on other peoples food it appears to be Craig doing all the talking.

The main dish was a disaster, too much turmeric on the chicken was the least of their problems, they could not get the cous cous right. It appears Andi never fully recovered from the fact that the couscous she normally uses was not in stock. She then could not work out the measurements, were there no instructions on the packet to follow?

Anyway she had to ditch four packets of couscous as she refused to serve it as it was too gluggy. At this stage the diners must have been wondering if they had been covertly placed on the Dukan Diet, that is, no carbs.

Basically the dish was a dud.

Jessie exclaimed she could smell the capsicum freaking out like there was agent orange leeching through the dining area.

The drama was not over for the WA pair, as they could not find the icing sugar.  By the way did anyone spot the Campbell Stock tetra packs in the pantry again as they searched for it?

The stress was getting to Josh and he forgot the recipe for the fondant. Fans of Masterchef will know fondant is a death dish however they managed to salvage it. The presentation was appalling.  One sad looking fondant with a shot glass of anglaise. As usual Manu had a comment about the sauce.

Pete got an overcooked Fondant but the other diners gushed over theirs, well except for Jake and Elle. Surprisingly even the chocolate hating Biswa thought it was “magnificent”.

Mick from Tasmania said he was still hungry, maybe the WA pair were practising tapas style portions on their guests.

Vic gave a high score of  7, NSW gave a 6, as did SA, QLD  and Tassie scored them a 5.  It was a combined score of 29 out of 50.

The judges scores were very high for food that was not great in either portion or presentation:

Manu – 8 for entree, 3 for main, and 8 for dessert

Pete – 9 for entree, 4 for main, and 7 for dessert.

Seriously Pete you got an overdone Fondant and you gave a seven? That is an above average score. I think that was over generous as was the nine for the entree which had pomegranate seeds scattered over the plate and only one cutlet. Where does this give them room to move on other dishes that will be better in presentation and flavour.

In the end they received total score of 68. Which does place them at the bottom of the ladder, but it was a higher score then they deserved but it still leaves them in with a shot of some other team bombing out before the end of the restaurant round to keep them in the show.

My Kitchen Rules on SEVEN Monday – Wednesday at 7.30pm.

January 31, 2013   133 Comments

Survivor Philippines – Denise Stapley Wins Survivor

It was a well deserved win for Denise Stapley who won Survivor Philippines seen on Australian screens last night. She did indeed outwit, outlast and out play her competitors.

She comprehensively beat her other top three Mike Skupin and Lisa Whechel who only got one vote from the jury each. Denise who was in a firm alliance with Malcolm burned him when they made the top four as she thought he would be impossible beat at the jury vote.

Here is an interview with Denise on her win on Hitflix where she talks about that and other tribal council issues.

Fans of Malcolm will pleased to know he is back in the next season of Survivor set in Caramoan and yes after I finish this blog post I will be googling to see where it actually is.

The next season which starts in the US on the 13 February (don’t expect to see it on NINE around then) has ten returning players against ten new ones, it is being branded as Fans V Favourites series. It looks good.

The returning players are:

Andrea Boehlke
Age: 23
New York
Entertainment Host and Writer
“Survivor: Redemption Island”

Brandon Hantz
Age: 21
Katy, Texas
Chemical Disposal
“Survivor: South Pacific”

Brenda Lowe
Age: 30
Miami, Fla.
Paddleboard Co. Owner
“Survivor: Nicaragua”

Corinne Kaplan
Age: 33
Los Angeles
Clinical Consultant
“Survivor: Gabon”

Dawn Meehan
Age: 42
South Jordan, Utah
English Professor
“Survivor: South Pacific”

Erik Reichenbach
Age: 27
Santa Clarita, Calif.
Comic Book Artist
“Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites”

Francesca Hogi
Age: 38
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Attorney
“Survivor: Redemption Island”

John Cochran
Age: 25
Washington D.C.
Law Student
“Survivor: South Pacific”

Phillip Sheppard
Age: 54
Santa Monica, Calif.
Software Sales
“Survivor: Redemption Island”

Malcolm Freberg
Age: 25
Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Bartender
“Survivor: Philippines”

There is some great people returning and after a great season in the Philippines, the next series will again be compulsory viewing.

Survivor Season 26 on GO on February 14 at 7.30pm. It looks like they are fast tracking it.

January 30, 2013   41 Comments

My Kitchen Rules – Tassie Team Kicks Some Seafood Butt

Well there are no question about Matt’s paternity as he is a mini me of his father Mick complete with identical spectacles and it was this likeable pair that were cooking last night in Tasmania.

The theme of their restaurant was Anchors Away – so very seafood heavy which you would expect from an abalone diver. Even though he could source his own abalone he still had to get supplies and hopefully with the two hour round trip to Hobart they were given extra time for shopping.

Their menu was Abalone Pattys, main was Salmon with a smoked eel brandade and a beurre blanc, and dessert was a simple Apple and Berry Crumble with Custard.

Their shopping was fairly event free apart from an argument on whether to buy Golden Delicious or Granny Smith. Motto of the story is listen to your parents kids.

Also the prep times only hiccup was finding the salmon fillets still had bones and scales on them. Is this what Coles considers a fillet? Though they did not appear to do that much in their allotted three hours. Sure they did the entree and prepped the fish but that was about it.

What I did like about this pair was Mick, the father, had total confidence in his son, and even though there was $250,000 on the line let him have the lead on a number of dishes.

Thankfully Matt decided not to hold the abalone shells down with blue tack, this would not have gone down well, and would have just given Jessie and Biswa something else to bitch about. Tonight they bitched that the salsa in the shells looked like the entree not the patty’s, also that they did not like the combination of the eel brandade and salmon. These girls need to realise that their table mates are going to be scoring them and you get the feeling they will be particularly harsh on them.

Also Jessie and Biswa need to realise they are not as funny or as charismatic as they think they are. Hopefully the Italian Stallion will tell them how annoying they are before the end of the series.

 The entree split the team with Manu and Jake saying there was no abalone in them, and the spice girls could only taste egg! Whereas Pete Evans and Josh thought it was great. In fact Western Australian pair Josh and Andi look like Gomez and Morticia from The Adams Family and are as enigmatic as their screen personas.
Everyone liked the main of salmon and the Tassie team had cooked every piece perfectly. In my opinion it was screaming for some green on the plate. Again it must have been some time between entree and main as they had to make the beurre blanc, and the mash potato. This dish scored the first ten of the series so it must have been great, however where do the judges go from here if they taste something even better!

Mick was pretty overwhelmed by the positive feed back to his main and wept and did anyone notice when Mick went into the pantry when he was crying there were strategically placed Campbell stock packs on the different shelves?

At this point my feed started to breakdown so I am not sure how the dessert was received by the other teams, but I do know the judges gave it a nine so it must have been good. If anyone can fill me in on how the other teams scored them I would be interested to know.

In the end the Tassie father and son team kick butt and scored a total of 80 points putting them at the top of the table and they will be safe from elimination.

January 30, 2013   68 Comments