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Come on ALDI, we need this in Australia NOW

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Australian shoppers<span> </span><span>are seriously missing out </span><span>after discovering an "incredible" feature offered in ALDI stores overseas.</span></p> <p>The German-owned supermarket giant has put other Aussie supermarkets to shame with a contraption that appears to bake bread for you right then and there.</p> <blockquote style="max-width: 605px; min-width: 325px;" class="tiktok-embed" data-video-id="6851150202527616262"><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@ninathegerman" target="_blank" title="@ninathegerman">@ninathegerman</a> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/germanshopping" target="_blank" title="germanshopping">##germanshopping</a> with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/ninathegerman" target="_blank" title="ninathegerman">##ninathegerman</a></p> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/music/original-sound-6851150174706764549" target="_blank" title="♬ original sound - ninathegerman">♬ original sound - ninathegerman</a></blockquote> <p>The machine was featured in a TikTok by a German woman who showed off how to use the machine.</p> <p>“So apparently they have this machine where you just press the button and it bakes the bread for you right then and there,” she told viewers.</p> <p>“But remember, if you press the button you have to buy the bread.”</p> <p>Fans were thrilled by the device.</p> <p>“Omg! This is the most amazing thing ever,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“Germany has always been on another level,” another said, while someone else argued: “European countries are so far ahead technologically.”</p> <p>“Wow! How incredible to get freshly baked bread like that,” a third wrote.</p> <p>Some were suspicious about how the machine baked bread that quickly.</p> <p>“For sure they don’t bake it for you when you press the button,” one person said.</p> <p>ALDI has confirmed that there are no plans to introduce a machine in Australia any time soon.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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The $4 Woolies item you need to try

<p>A Woolies staff member has amassed a huge amount of attention online after sharing dozens of hilarious video working at the supermarket.</p> <p>But the video that’s garnered the most attention is of the Woolies worker salivating over a $4 “must try” dessert.</p> <p>TikTok user Luke, who goes by the name of ashe_media on the social media platform, captioned the post “Woolworths products you have to try”, starting off with a cheap sweet fix.</p> <p>“So in the freezer section for $4 you can get Belgium Chocolate Lava Cakes and they’re really nice,” Luke said with excitement.</p> <p>“You put it in the microwave for 30 seconds on the side of the plate – oh look at it cook, it’s so beautiful.”</p> <p>After microwaving the cake, Luke poured cream on top showing viewers the action in slow motion.</p> <p>He then cut into it and watched as the melted chocolate oozed out.</p> <p><img style="width: 323.252688172043px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837215/screen-shot-2020-08-06-at-34812-pm.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3fc7cf1ae09f498ba3d4383422d44fc3" /></p> <p>“Oh it’s just delicious,” he said.</p> <p>The clip has been viewed over 80,000 times with many TikTok users oblivious to the product.</p> <p>“I work at woolies and I’ve never seen this!!!!!! Where abouts do you find them!!! They look so good,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“Haven’t seen these in store before,” wrote another.</p> <p>“The lava cake is the definition of heaven! That’s why I pick woolies lol,” a third joked.</p> <p>When one viewer asked how it compares to the $5 Cadbury lava cake, Luke responded, “simply better”.</p> <p>When a user asked if Luke was single, he responded he was “dating the lava cake”.</p> <p>“Honestly you are the best ambassador for woolies they need to pay your for marketing as well,” one TikTok user said, but Luke clarified his video was “not sponsored content”.</p> <p>It is unknown which store Luke works at, but he’s managed to create plenty of publicity for the supermarket.</p>

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Who is cheaper? Woman’s shares shocking supermarket shopping list

<p>Catherine Hoge has proven she is a pro when it comes to finding a bargain, however even she was shocked to realise how much cheaper her produce is from a local grocer rather than a major supermarket.</p> <p>The 52-year-old nurse from Manly, Brisbane, says she often bulk-purchases when it comes to fruits and veggies for herself, her pet pig and her friend’s 10 miniature horses. </p> <p>Ms Hodge says she can easily become carried away and spend much more than she needs to every few weeks, so believes it is important to keep a steady plan when it comes to large purchases. </p> <p>“I always keep an eye out for the Woolworths catalogue and print off the half price specials and buy that,” she says. </p> <p>However, not even Ms Hoge realised just how “crazy” the price difference was when she compared her local grocer’s prices to woolies. </p> <p>Sharing her huge savings to the popular Facebook group Simple Savers, Ms Hoge revealed that for 11 different types of items including bananas, rockmelon, strawberries and oranges, she managed to save $129.75. </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837155/jetstar-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/eb931c9a424346adb6b90cab0449a387" /></p> <p>How she managed to do it was by simply opting to shop at her local Birkdale Farmers market in Brisbane.</p> <p>“The differences are crazy,” she said. </p> <p>“Price comparison. Suburban fruit ’n’ veg market vs local Woolies. $79.33 saved … 61 per cent cheaper!”</p> <p>She later edited the post to reveal she in fact saved about $130.</p> <p>The list showed insane price comparisons including lady finger bananas to be $1.99/kg at her local grocer but $7.50/kg at Woolworths Mayfair Village.</p> <p>Respectively strawberries cost her $6.98/kg compared to $11.20/kg.</p> <p>Rockmelons were what shocked her the most. </p> <p>At just 9 cents each, she decided to buy 12, but the price left her so stunned she asked a staff member if it was correct.</p> <p>“I asked the lady it was a mistake, if they actually were 9 cents … it’s just crazy. I knew I was saving a massive amount but I never expected it to be this much,” Ms Hoge told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/womans-supermarket-comparison-list-reveals-crazy-price-difference/news-story/9a5ad91f1428f28ecf0e2d6b14def6dc" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</p> <p>She says her woolies didn’t have candy melons and instead used the cost from Coles to make the comparison.</p> <p>All in all, choosing to buy from Woolies would have set her back $180.17.</p> <p>“I buy whatever is cheapest,” she said, “which is mainly for the animals.</p> <p>“I have a pet pig and while he stays at my friend’s place, he is my responsibility. But on his acreage he also has 10 miniature horses so anything they like which is usually apples and carrots, I also buy.</p> <p>“I just started stockpiling recently and it’s not at all about panic buying – I just see huge benefit in buying in bulk.”</p>

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Martha Stewart receives 14 proposals after sultry snap

<p>Martha Stewart has sent fans into a frenzy with a recent pool selfie, taken just over a week before her 79th birthday.</p> <p>So much so, 14 men have slid into her DMs with “proposals”, she revealed this week.</p> <p>The US lifestyle guru shared the sultry snap as she enjoyed a sunny day in her East Hampton pool, pouting to the camera with her garden on display in the background.</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/CC7Jt__gG4P/?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/CC7Jt__gG4P/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Change of plans: From now on you can find us at @marthastewart48’s pool with a Martha-rita in hand. 🍹 #regram via @marthastewart48 . Pomegranate Martha-ritas - serves 4 large drinks 2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice 2 cups tequila blanco 1/2 cup triple sec 1/2 cup pomegranate concentrate Add ice cubes and blend! . 📺 Watch Martha make the recipe on our IGTV tab</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/marthastewart/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Martha Stewart</a> (@marthastewart) on Jul 21, 2020 at 5:28pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><em>E! Online’s</em><span> </span>podcast<span> </span><em>Daily Pop</em><span> </span>this week, the 78-year-old said it attracted quite a bit of attention.</p> <p>“I’ve had 14 proposals, I don’t know what for, but they’re proposals,” Martha told E!’ s Morgan Stewart. ”I haven’t checked lately, that was the first day.”</p> <p>The star is set to celebrate her 79th birthday in a few short days.</p>

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"Butter chicken man" given free butter chicken for a year after $1652 fine

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Construction worker Noel Atkinson drove 32 kilometres in search of butter chicken and defied stay-at-home orders in his hunt for food.</p> <p>He was pulled over by police just metres from his ideal restaurant, he told <a rel="noopener" href="https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/mad-mad-world/melbourne-man-half-indian-drives-30km-for-butter-chicken-fined-rs-86k-for-lockdown-violation/articleshow/77081044.cms?fbclid=IwAR1BcIacC4Wi-7OglljjaA1evo8edsC0bg0gvYoO-uNa2ZAlXoxCZpCD5x0" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>Times of India</em></a>.</p> <p>"Since it was after 11pm, all restaurants in my area were closed and I wanted to have butter chicken. I finally found one restaurant that was open, but there was no home delivery to my place due to the distance. So I decided to go there."</p> <p>Atkinson was issued with an infringement notice for breaching the stay-at-home orders issued in Melbourne.</p> <p>"I told the police I was out to buy food but was ordered to go home. Cops followed me for some time to make sure I was headed home," he explained.</p> <p>He made headlines around the world as "Butter Chicken Man", as many could relate to his quest for food.</p> <p>Atkinson plans on contesting the fine in court.</p> <p>"I don't think the rules are clear on how far a person is allowed to travel for food or takeaway. I will ask police to waive off the fine or approach the local court."</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/CC0Al6FBfkJ/?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/CC0Al6FBfkJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/melbourne-man-cops-covid-fine-for-driving-from-werribee-to-cbd-for-butter-chicken-c-1175594 We 𝓀𝒾𝓃𝒹𝒶 get it... The lengths one can go to get that #Perfect👌 𝐁𝐮𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐧... especially during the lockdown #Werribee you don't need to risk a fine for a delightful 𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗡𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗗𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿 Just give our @desidhaba.tarneit outlet a call on (𝟎𝟑) 𝟖𝟕𝟓𝟒 𝟖𝟕𝟏𝟏 - And We'll deliver in a jiffy 🛵💨 . . . . . #MelbourneLockdown #melbournelockdown2 #melbourneLockdown2020 #ClientTestimonial #melbournelockdownagain #melbournelockdownroundtwo #smallbusinesssupport #melbournecbd #melbournecity #melbournelife #melbournefood #melbourneiloveyou #melbourneeats #cityofmelbourne #melbournesights #melbournetodo #ilovemelbourne #bhfyp #williamslanding #laverton #melbournewest #melbournian #tarneit #truganina #pointcook #wyndhamvale #hopperscrossing #localbusiness</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/desidhaba_melbourne/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Desi Dhaba</a> (@desidhaba_melbourne) on Jul 18, 2020 at 10:53pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Amit Tetja, owner of Desi Dhaba, which was the restaurant Atkinson was driving to, said he was surprised someone got fined for driving to his restaurant.</p> <p>"I will be providing him free butter chicken for a year once he is able to visit us post lockdown."</p> <p>In an Instagram post, they wrote: “We kinda get it … the lengths one can go to get that perfect butter chicken, especially during lockdown.</p> <p>“Werribee you don’t need to risk a fine for a delightful Sunday night dinner.”</p> <p>The restaurant said it was not supporting or promoting that people should step out in these times and break rules.</p> <p>“We are only being compassionate for Noel and his love for our food as these are hard times for all and our empathy is towards all,” the eatery said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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This little-known Woollies hack can save you hundreds

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>An eagle-eyed Woolworths shopper has revealed a relatively unknown hack that can save hundreds off your Christmas shopping food bill.</p> <p>The hack was shared on a popular Facebook page, with one shopper showing that Woolworths Rewards members have the option to bank their savings until later in the year. </p> <p>“Just in case you didn’t know, you can bank all your [Woolworths Rewards] savings for Christmas time,” wrote one Woolies shopper on the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/Markdownaddictsaustralia" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">Markdown Addicts Australia</a> page.</p> <p>“When you get [money] from your Rewards card, you can bank it until December when it will become available. A little saving tip for that crazy Christmas time.”</p> <p>Users of the Woolworths rewards card are thrilled with the option, with some already cashing in on the savings.</p> <p>“It’s so good, I have $200 for Christmas so far,” said one.</p> <p>Added another: “We have $600.”</p> <p>Benefiting from the savings is easy as you simply change the settings when you select "Bank for Christmas" in "redemption settings" under "my account". </p> <p>The change is even easier to do if you're using the Woolworths Rewards app, as your preference is shown under the welcome banner on the home screen.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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“Burn it again!” MasterChef winner jokes about runner-up

<p><span>Emilia Jackson was crowned the winner of <em>MasterChef Australia: Back To Win</em> on Monday night.</span><br /><br /><span>On Tuesday, the chef appeared on <em>The Project</em> to reflect on her glorious achievement, and couldn’t help but crack a joke at runner-up Laura Sharrad's expense, who suffered a serious burn on the night.</span><br /><br /><span>“Emilia, we often see injuries in AFL grand finals, NRL grand finals, rarely do we see an injury in the <em>MasterChef</em> grand final,” Peter Helliar said.</span><br /><br /><span>“We had Laura who burnt her hand. When you saw that she burnt her hand, did you think, hang on?”</span><br /><br /><span>Without missing a beat, Emelia comedically responded: “This is what I need! Burn it again!”</span><br /><br /><span>Carrie Bickmore asked 30-year-old who she felt would win when they entered the competition for the first time.</span><br /><br /><span>“100% had Laura picked to win from the start,”she replied, before adding: “I just thought her industry experience is amazing and her talent is just mind-blowing.”</span><br /><br /><span>Emelia took home an eye watering $250,000 cash prize on Monday night and the <em>MasterChef</em> 2020 trophy.</span><br /><br /><span>She says the money will go towards building her cake business.</span><br /><br /><span>The emotional chef embraced runner-up Laura, who came undone by her overly icy gelato dessert, which was accidentally left in an open freezer.</span><br /><br /><span>“I just can't believe it. It's been the most special experience of my life and I owe it all to the three of you,” she said, pointing to judges Melissa Leong, Andy Allen and Jock Zonfrillo.</span><br /><br /><span>She also paid homage to her competitor: “And I owe it to this little lady.</span><br /><br /><span>“Being able to reconnect with Laura after so many years has been just magic for me. She's just incredible. She's just... so amazing.”</span></p>

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Woman sparks heated ALDI trolley debate

<p><span>If you feel overwhelmed when checking out at ALDI, you’re not alone.</span></p> <p><span>The German supermarket is known for its speedy checkout process, something the company has previously said is part of the reason it can offer such low prices.</span></p> <p><span>But a woman has sparked a heated debate after she claimed an ALDI cashier told her to “bring a trolley” next time she loads her groceries.</span></p> <p><span>Taking to Facebook, the Melbourne woman explained she paid a visit to her local ALDI store to pick up a “few” items for dinner.</span></p> <p><span>As she approached the register, she didn’t realise how frustrated she would feel afterwards.</span></p> <p><span>“When the cashier starts scanning them through and I place them into a bag, he said to me ‘next time you come into the store bring a trolley to load your groceries into’,” she wrote in the post.</span></p> <p><span>“I said ‘OK’, but then as I was preparing to pay I said ‘sorry, why do I need to bring a trolley?’</span></p> <p><span>“He said ‘to load your groceries into, to make it faster for the other customers’.”</span></p> <p><span>In her furious rant, she went on to say “I was so irritated by this. I HAVE 10 ITEMS MATE.”</span></p> <p><span>She accompanied the post with a photo of her grocery haul, featuring 10 items. </span></p> <p><span>The rant attracted plenty of attention with hundreds of comments from fellow shoppers.</span></p> <p><span>“For only a few items like this I’d definitely only have a bag/my own basket as well. Very silly to get a giant deep trolley for only a bags worth,” one woman responded.</span></p> <p><span>“That’s ridiculous with how many items you had! Fair enough if you were trying to load a whole belt full into bags but that shop is tiny!!!!” another shopper said.</span></p> <p><span>“I went in for three items once. And the lady said the same to me and I laughed at her,” a third added.</span></p> <p><span>“I agree with you. If you want to load a small number of items into a bag that’s fine. Faster for other customers ... that is their problem, (ALDI's) NOT yours. Stick to your guns (bag),” said a fourth.</span></p> <p><span>But not everyone shared the same sentiments, as some commenters agreed with the staff member.</span></p> <p><span>“I grab a trolley every time. Regardless of how many or how few items I’m getting. Straight into the trolley and out to the car to pack. Don’t pack at the register,” one woman said.</span></p> <p><span>“ALDI staff are told to encourage customers to use trolleys to save time at the registers. The poor guy was just doing as he is told,” a former Aldi employee said.</span></p> <p><span>“I know this because I used to work there. If you want express lines, trolleys without coins and everything else you all whinge about go to Coles or Woolworths … simple really.”</span></p> <p><span>Speaking to <em>news.com.au</em>, a spokesperson for ALDI Australia said while trolleys aren’t a store policy, it is “recommended” to use one when purchasing “multiple products as it saves time at the register”.</span></p> <p><span>“While I know that this is supposed to make things ‘faster’, it really doesn’t work for me,” one customer said.</span></p> <p><span>Instead many have suggested other alternatives to speed up the process, including an introduction of express lanes and self-checkout registers, saying it is “really needed”.</span></p> <p><span>“I have always said they need an express lane because there is (sic) times I only have two or three things and I have to wait behind full trolleys,” one shopper said.</span></p> <p><span>But these additions won’t be happening anytime soon as ALDI have confirmed they currently have “no plans” to trial stores with self-service checkouts. </span></p> <p><span>“Feedback has told us that our shoppers prefer face-to-face interactions at registers, and that they are an important part of their in-store experience.”</span></p> <p><span>The spokesperson said the current store format enables them to focus on creating the “best possible in-store experience while continuing to deliver high-quality products at permanently low prices”.</span></p>

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Fans in tears as MasterChef favourite heads home

<p><span><em>Masterchef</em> fans did not take the departure of Callum Hann very well, with many taking to social media to praise the season two return for his humble attitude and his kindness.</span><br /><br /><span>Former <em>MasterChef</em> winner Adam Liaw honoured Callum on Twitter and joked that his nice guy persona is “all an act”.</span><br /><br /><span>“You all really need to know that @callumskitchen’s wholesome nice guy persona on #MasterChefAU is all an act. In reality he’s actually even nicer,” Liaw wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>As friends Laura Sharrad and Callum cooked against each other on Tuesday, it became easily one of the most emotional episodes this season.</span><br /><br /><span>Unfortunately, the texture of his snapper ultimately let him down, and he was farewelled with a thoughtful send-off from Melissa Leong, who heartfully praised the fan favourite.</span><br /><br /><span>While the judges and contestants became overcome with emotions, they could only elbow tap to say goodbye due to the strict coronavirus restrictions.</span><br /><br /><span>“The name Callum Hann is synonymous with this competition,” judge Melissa said.</span><br /><br /><span>“10 years ago you might have walked into this kitchen as a boy, but this time you’ve returned as a dad”</span><br /><br /><span>“Every time you walk through those doors, humility and integrity has always followed. We are so proud of you,” she added.</span><br /><br /><span>Callum was overcome with emotion following his cook against Laura and asked producers for a minute to compose himself.</span><br /><br /><span>“It kinda just hit me there at the end of the cook,” he said once he’d finished.</span><br /><br /><span>“The last few nights months have been massive inside and outside the competition … I’m feeling really emotional because either Laura is sending me home or vice versa which really sucks.”</span><br /><br /><span>When he began cooking, he admitted it would be tough to go against his close friend in the kitchen.</span><br /><br /><span>“I can genuinely say this will be the hardest challenge for me for this season,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Laura and I have worked together, we’ve been mates for six years, she’s a really deserving person to be in the semi-final as well. To feel like I’m either being eliminated or I’m gonna be eliminating a mate is really tough.”</span><br /><br /><span>Callum and Laura were left battling it out for a spot in the semi final after Reynold and Emilia both were confirmed to go on to the next round.</span><br /><br /><span>In the end, Callum’s mushy fish was what was his demise, despite the flavours of his creation wowing the judges.</span><br /><br /><span>Laura admitted she had “fangirled” over Callum when he came second to Adam Liaw in season 2.</span><br /><br /><span>“I never thought that we would be here together,” Laura said.</span><br /><br /><span>“We’ve worked together, we’ve hung out, we’re really good friends and it’s been really amazing to do it with someone who is as amazing as Callum. He’s so loving, so humble, so gracious.</span><br /><br /><span>“He’s an amazing dad. He should be really proud of himself.”</span><br /><br /><span>Fans were equally as devastated to see the star go, taking to Twitter to air their tears.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Callum is quite possibly the nicest guy ever. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterchefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterchefAU</a></p> — Thomas Nguyen (@ThomasHNguyen) <a href="https://twitter.com/ThomasHNguyen/status/1282993504147222530?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Men like Callum and Adam Liaw should be held up as symbols of what Australian men could and should be <br /><br />Instead lol heres some Bachelor in Paradise and MAFS <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterChefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterChefAU</a></p> — Heath (@popculturepooka) <a href="https://twitter.com/popculturepooka/status/1282989817416962048?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">In my eyes, not matter what the outcome tonight, <a href="https://twitter.com/callumskitchen?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@callumskitchen</a> is an outright winner. He’s just made the whole country love him all over again and he should be very proud of the food he’s produced. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterChefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterChefAU</a></p> — Bec Derrington (@becderrington) <a href="https://twitter.com/becderrington/status/1282990933508644864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>“I’m really excited to get back to Adelaide,” Callum told the camera.</span><br /><br /><span>“My beautiful wife, Crystal, has sacrificed a lot for me to be here for that, so, just excited to get home and give them both a cuddle and be there as much as I possibly can.”</span><br /><br /><span>Reynold Poernomo, Emelia Jackson and Laura Sharrad are heading into the semi-finals on Sunday.</span></p>

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"USE A TAP, MATE": Gordon Ramsay abused for careless fridge contents

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Fan favourite British chef Gordon Ramsay surprised viewers by returning to MasterChef: Back to Win via video link.</p> <p>He called in from the UK to set the Mystery Box challenge on Monday night and opened up his fridge to show contestants what they would be cooking with.</p> <p>Ramsay was thrilled with the top four chefs, who were Emelia, Callum, Reynold and Laura.</p> <p>"First of all, congratulations to all of you. Seriously, congratulations. I've been watching each and every one of you from the beginning. This journey has been incredible," he said candidly.</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/tv/CCk9faxBHGF/?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/tv/CCk9faxBHGF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Guess who's back? 👀🇬🇧 @gordongram #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/masterchefau/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> MasterChef Australia</a> (@masterchefau) on Jul 13, 2020 at 2:38am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>However, fans were more concerned with the amount of mini plastic Evian bottles Ramsay had in his fridge.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836907/water.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fc6ba35aa43344a391ff50761fb0507f" /></p> <p>Fans were unimpressed with the amount of plastic in the chef's fridge and went on social media to blast Ramsay.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">why does gordon ramsay have so much bottled water? USE A TAP, MATE <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterchefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterchefAU</a></p> — Andrea (@bethwoodvilles) <a href="https://twitter.com/bethwoodvilles/status/1282609859192446976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 13, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">HOW MANY BOTTLES OF WATER DOES GORDON RAMSAY HAVE?! talk about panic buying… <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterChefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterChefAU</a></p> — ⋆bridget⋆ (@xxteamlmxx) <a href="https://twitter.com/xxteamlmxx/status/1282610050318524416?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 13, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">If you’re Gordon Ramsay-level rich, you can afford a tap that only spits out filtered bubbly water. Come on, guv. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterChefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterChefAU</a></p> — Michael Hartt 👐🏻 (@whatamindblast) <a href="https://twitter.com/whatamindblast/status/1282611939462406154?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 13, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Emelia's pastry ended up taking the lead and fast-tracked her to semi-finals.</p> <p>Despite Callum's dessert being full of conflicting flavours, Reynold's chawanmushi and Laura's fish and vegetables, these impressive dishes were no match for the intricate pastry put forward by Emelia.</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/tv/CClE7uxFwbd/?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/tv/CClE7uxFwbd/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">@emelia_jackson's inventive dish was a choux-in for the Semi-Finals! 🥧</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/masterchefau/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> MasterChef Australia</a> (@masterchefau) on Jul 13, 2020 at 3:43am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>After her win was announced, she told the camera:</p> <p>“I have been so intimidated throughout this entire competition. And to think that I am in the semi-final, I never pictured this as a reality, ever.”</p> <p>Speaking to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/subscribe/news/1/?sourceCode=HSWEB_WRE170_a&amp;dest=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.heraldsun.com.au%252Fentertainment%252Fwhat-made-masterchef-star-emelia-jackson-regret-everything-during-challenge%252Fnews-story%252Fbd0bb819e0ab5e2314168cc308cd1273&amp;memtype=anonymous&amp;mode=premium&amp;nk=76b636a8b3a6194017260471c0a00d88-1594635953" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>Herald Sun</em></a> on Saturday, 31-year-old Emelia revealed how “overwhelming” her second shot at MasterChef had been.</p> <p>“The physical feeling (of being on the show) is like when you are on a rollercoaster and you get to the top and you have that split half-second before you have that big drop where you freak out and regret everything,” Emelia said.</p> <p>She added: “That is the feeling of it, this overwhelming, massive adrenaline rush. It really is like a cauldron, the pressure is on, everything is bubbling away.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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MasterChef fans left heartbroken after fan favourite goes home

<p><em>MasterChef</em><span> fans have been left reeling after fan favourite Reece Hignell was eliminated from the competition over a mediocre vegetarian dish, tearing up as he was told to hang up his apron.</span></p> <p><span>Reece, who originally appeared on the show in season 10, became flustered in the last elimination before finals week, as he fumbled over a beetroot and goats cheese starter that Jock Zonfrillo labelled “just nice”.</span></p> <p><span>As he exited the kitchen, he said he was “heartbroken” by the call.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">OMG!! I'm so devastated that <a href="https://twitter.com/reece_hignell?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@reece_hignell</a> has gone home. I just wanted to reach through the TV and give him a great big hug!! 😭😭😭 I'm gonna miss you so much Reece!!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterChefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterChefAU</a></p> — Beki Pennywise-Myers 🔪 (@PennywiseMyers) <a href="https://twitter.com/PennywiseMyers/status/1282271554630369281?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 12, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Hard luck <a href="https://twitter.com/reece_hignell?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@reece_hignell</a> it’s such a high standard. You should be super proud mate, you were awesome - catch up soon xx <a href="https://twitter.com/masterchefau?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@masterchefau</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterChefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterChefAU</a></p> — Darren Purchese (@DarrenPurchese) <a href="https://twitter.com/DarrenPurchese/status/1282271524351688706?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 12, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">First Poh, now Reece. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterChefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterChefAU</a> really out here trying to kill me before COVID does.</p> — Courtney Gould (@heyycourtt) <a href="https://twitter.com/heyycourtt/status/1282271158717435904?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 12, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>It came after a challenge that saw the contestants serve up their creations to six of Australia’s top chefs, with Orana chef Jock particularly unimpressed by the plate of food, deeming it “not finals worthy”.</span></p> <p><span>The four cooking contestants; Callum, Emelia, Laura and Reece – with Reynold watching from the gantry – were asked to make a four-course meal for the judges and six other high-profile guest chefs from across the country.</span></p> <p><span>Emelia managed to nab dish of the day with her barramundi and leek course, with Laura’s lamb a close second.</span></p> <p><span>But between Callum’s overpowering, “confused” dessert and Reece’s underwhelming veggies, it was Reece who was forced to say goodbye.</span></p> <p><span>“Reece your portions were just not quite right, your seasoning was out, and we all felt it just wasn’t finals worthy. So I’m sorry Reece, that’s why you’re going home,” Jock had said of the beetroots with hazelnut, chocolate, goats cheese with a lemon myrtle vinaigrette.</span></p> <p><span>“OK,” responded a visibly upset Reece, as he hung his head.</span></p> <p><span>While tasting the dish, Jock had been the most damning, telling the fellow judges and guest chefs: “It’s a nice dish, but we weren’t looking for nice today, somebody’s going home today and I don’t think nice is good enough.”</span></p> <p><span>After hearing the verdict, Reece said: “I just love everyone in this room. I’m so grateful to meet you guys and have that support.</span></p> <p><span>“Obviously these guys,” he added, gesturing to his fellow contestants, “So much inspiration from each and every one of you, and to call them my friends is unreal. Overall this experience just means a lot to me.”</span><br /><span>Speaking to the camera of his eviction, Reece said he was “heartbroken".</span></p> <p><span>“It’s a sad, sad moment, but I really appreciate what I’ve done since I’ve been there … To do it twice is special.”</span></p> <p><span>“And I got to meet Katy Perry, and I’m still star struck,” he added with a laugh.</span></p>

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Why you NEED to put your fruit and veggies in the dishwasher

<p>A woman has gone viral after sharing her food hygiene hack – washing fruit and vegetables in the dishwasher.</p> <p>In a TikTok clip, the user @smilelop showed how she removed dirt and bugs from her produce.</p> <p>She arranged a variety of fresh food products on the top shelf and bottom drawer before pouring in a capful of distilled white vinegar in the detergent compartment.</p> <p>She then set the machine running, and the video cut to seemingly washed and clean crops.</p> <blockquote style="max-width: 605px; min-width: 325px;" class="tiktok-embed" data-video-id="6824889367530704133"><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@smilelop" target="_blank" title="@smilelop">@smilelop</a> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/cleanvegetables" target="_blank" title="cleanvegetables">##cleanvegetables</a> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/cleanfruit" target="_blank" title="cleanfruit">##cleanfruit</a> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/tiktoktips" target="_blank" title="tiktoktips">##tiktoktips</a> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/vinegar" target="_blank" title="vinegar">##vinegar</a></p> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/music/PONETE-ASÍ-6792622683843513093" target="_blank" title="♬ PONETE ASÍ - melojnico">♬ PONETE ASÍ - melojnico</a></blockquote> <p>The video has now been viewed more than a million times, but some viewers on the comment section were sceptical of the hack.</p> <p>“I literally don’t know why this would be necessary,” one wrote.</p> <p>“I mean a light vinegar solution is good to kill bacteria and some fruit has wax film on it, but dishwasher? Come on girl,” another replied.</p> <p>According to <a href="https://foodsafety.asn.au/fruit-and-vegetables/">the Food Safety Information Council</a>, washing fruits and vegetables under running water and drying them can help remove loose soil and remove many bacteria and viruses. The council also advised practicing safe hand washing and hygiene before preparing food or cooking.</p>

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"Best I've ever had!": 2-step ALDI cake hack goes viral

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>An experienced baker has shared her secret hack for making the best cupcakes on a popular Facebook group.</p> <p>Home cook Elaine said that she decided to combine ALDI's White Mill Vanilla Super Moist Cake Mix with a packet of Cottee's Instant Pudding which was purchased from Coles, with delicious results.</p> <p>She said that the results were so good that she might never make another cake from scratch again.</p> <p>“I have baked cakes for many years and sold them,” wrote Elaine on the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/1034012533313136/" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">ALDI Mums</a> Facebook page.</p> <p>“However last week on a whim, I made cupcakes with this packet … and extra egg and this vanilla pudding, which I bought at Coles. Well, I don’t think I will bother with scratch vanilla cakes any more. It was fabulous.”</p> <p>Elaine explained that she mixed up the ALDI cake mix following the packet instructions and added an extra egg as well as the whole packet of Cottee's instant pudding.</p> <p>She said she didn't mix the pudding and just added it to the cake mix as is.</p> <p>The pudding mix, explained Elaine, “just gives a little more flavour and a little more moisture” to the cake.</p> <p>The hack thrilled group members, with many sharing their results.</p> <p>“Made it once before and it was the best cake if ever tasted,” said one.</p> <p>Added another: “I did some cake making classes and I kid you not the lady taught me this trick with a packet mix and the pudding.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Supermarkets reinstate buying limits

<p>Supermarkets have reinstated buying limits after Victoria’s announcement to reintroduce stage three coronavirus restrictions saw a resurgence of stock shortages across the state.</p> <p>Residents in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will be placed under stage three restrictions from 11.59pm on Wednesday for six weeks, and will only be allowed to leave their homes for four reasons: food and supplies shopping, medical care and caregiving, exercise, and study and work.</p> <p>Coles and Woolworths reimposed purchase limits on Wednesday morning after queues were seen in stores following the announcement yesterday.</p> <p>Woolworths stores and online services in Victoria now observe two-pack limits on:</p> <ul> <li>Frozen vegetables</li> <li>Frozen potatoes</li> <li>Frozen fruit</li> <li>Frozen fish</li> <li>Frozen poultry</li> <li>Pre-packed sausages from the meat department</li> <li>Pre-packed burger patties, rissoles and meatballs from the meat department</li> <li>Pre-packed carrots</li> <li>Pre-packed potatoes</li> <li>Chilled fresh milk</li> <li>Sliced bread loaves from the bakery department</li> <li>Frozen pizza</li> <li>Frozen party snacks</li> <li>Frozen meals</li> <li>Frozen seafood</li> <li>Chilled juice</li> <li>Pre-packed bacon</li> <li>Tissues</li> <li>Dry pasta</li> <li>Eggs</li> <li>Flour</li> <li>Hand sanitiser</li> <li>Long life milk</li> <li>Mince</li> <li>Paper towel</li> <li>Rice</li> <li>Sugar</li> </ul> <p>The two-pack limit also continues to apply to toilet rolls in all states and territories.</p> <p>“We have more than enough stock flowing from our distribution centres into stores to support all our customers’ food and grocery needs,” a Woolworths spokesman told <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/coles-and-woolworths-reinstate-buying-limits-in-victorian-supermarkets/news-story/e7042d64ead514b2911390ee2125e217">News.com.au</a></em>. “We encourage our customers to continue shopping as they usually would.”</p> <p>Coles said all its supermarkets, Express stores and online services within the affected areas now have two-pack limits on the following items:</p> <ul> <li>Pasta</li> <li>Flour</li> <li>Sugar</li> <li>Rice</li> <li>Chicken breast</li> <li>Hand sanitiser</li> <li>Chicken Thigh</li> <li>Liquid soaps</li> <li>Chilled pasta</li> <li>Long-life milk</li> <li>Eggs</li> <li>Mince meat</li> <li>Paper towels</li> <li>Fresh white milk</li> <li>Frozen chips</li> <li>Frozen desserts</li> <li>Frozen fruit</li> <li>Tissues</li> <li>Frozen vegetables</li> </ul> <p>The supermarket giant’s one-pack limit on toilet paper remains.</p>

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MasterChef's Poh finally explains wacky habit

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>MasterChef's Poh Ling Yeow has captured hearts during the latest season of <em>Masterchef: Back to Win</em> with her endearing habit of watching her food cook in the oven.</p> <p>She was sadly eliminated on Sunday but during every cook would peer into the oven and many fans thought she was willing her food to cook faster.</p> <p>She explained the "method to her madness" on Monday night's episode of <em>The Project</em> and admitted she's often asked why she looks into the oven.</p> <p>“Everyone says – are you trying to make it cook faster?” she told guest panellist Steve Price, who joked she’d turned him into “an oven starer” too.</p> <p>“There is actually a purpose to it, because I’m watching to see if I need to crank it up,” she explained.</p> <p>“If I see it’s browning too much, I lower the temperature again. So I’m actually watching to see how I can keep adjusting, because of course, the time frames are always a little bit unrealistic. So I am actually … I am actually doing it for a reason,” she said.</p> <p>The season one star was surprised by the outpouring of support that came from fans after her surprise elimination on Sunday night.</p> <p>“What I’m really moved by is that people really get my wackiness,” the Adelaide artist said.</p> <p>“Like from the messages that people are sending me. They’re quite detailed and they do get what I’m trying to do, which is really lovely that that punches across through the chaos. Through my Captain Chaos cape!” she joked.</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/CB-XVSYht4x/?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/CB-XVSYht4x/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">We live here now 😂 #MasterChefAU @pohlingyeow @fooderati</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/masterchefau/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> MasterChef Australia</a> (@masterchefau) on Jun 28, 2020 at 2:53am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Fans of the show were in tears as judge Melissa Leong gave a touching farewell to Poh.</p> <p>“Poh, you are a national treasure,” Leong said. “Every day we could be guaranteed we’d get all of your heart, all of your soul, all of your love and all of your commitment.</p> <p>“You’ve absolutely won our hearts all over again. You’ve always fought to show and represent who you are and to be proud of your heritage, and I think millions of people around the world see that and understand that and love you for that even more.”</p> <p><span>Poh took the elimination in stride, saying: “I’ve had such a fantastic time. It’s been such a joy to cook with these guys and it’s really humbling to be around them.”</span></p> <p>She revealed to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/culture/tv-and-radio/what-masterchef-s-poh-ling-yeow-plans-to-cook-up-next-20200706-p559c8.html" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>Sydney Morning Herald</em></a> that she was "relieved" to leave the competition.</p> <p>“There’s a kind of relief when you’re let go,” she said.</p> <p>“You’re sitting with that pressure for so many months. But I do want to thank the people who’ve supported me and understood my madness and embraced me for who I am. I know I’m hard to watch,” she added,</p> <p>“The message I want to put out there is whatever is making you feel different on the outside now, you can learn to harness that. It’s going to make you unusual and outshine the rest. Be yourself. At 46 I think I can actually lay claim to having done that.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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MasterChef favourite Poh Ling Yeow says goodbye in heartbreaking elimination

<p><em>MasterChef </em>favourite Poh Ling Yeow has been eliminated from the cooking competition in a two-round challenge set with guest judge Phil Wood.</p> <p>Poh – who came second to Julie Goodwin in <em>MasterChef</em>’s first season in 2009 – failed to place top five in this year’s <em>Back to Win </em>season.</p> <p>The Sunday night episode kicked off with a challenge to replicate Wood’s potato duchess with shiitake mushrooms and cauliflower.</p> <p>Poh’s poor performance in round one landed her in the bottom three along with fellow contestants Callum Hann and Reece Hignell.</p> <p>The three had another face-off in round two, where they were asked to make a new dish out of one or more key ingredients from Wood’s dish.</p> <p>Poh decided to recreate a ‘redemption’ dish that she failed in a previous cook – culurgiones, a Sardinian potato-stuffed pasta. However, she failed to manage her time and had to abandon her planned burnt butter emulsion last minute.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The prettiest culurgiones we've ever seen 🧡 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterChefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterChefAU</a> <a href="https://t.co/xW7M8cJGFc">pic.twitter.com/xW7M8cJGFc</a></p> — masterchefau (@masterchefau) <a href="https://twitter.com/masterchefau/status/1279732654510923776?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 5, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“I think I met the brief, I featured potato, but I’ve also got a very distinct feeling that I haven’t chosen the right dish to do. I just don’t feel satisfied and for me that’s my gut telling me it hasn’t been the right decision,” she told the judges while presenting her food.</p> <p>The judges said they found the pasta was undercooked and the sauce was not satisfactory.</p> <p>During her elimination, judge Melissa Leong described Poh as a “national treasure”.</p> <p>“Every day we could be guaranteed we would get all of your heart, all of your soul, all of your love and all of your commitment,” Melissa said.</p> <p>“You have been part of the <em>MasterChef Australia</em> family since day one and it has been the greatest privilege to have you back in this kitchen and cooking with us.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">We're so sad to say farewell to Aunty Poh 😢 We'll miss you! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterChefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterChefAU</a> <a href="https://t.co/42ZbkwMQhz">pic.twitter.com/42ZbkwMQhz</a></p> — masterchefau (@masterchefau) <a href="https://twitter.com/masterchefau/status/1279734980357259264?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 5, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"&gt;</p> <p>Poh said her return to the show was worth it. “I feel like I’m such an established brand, I really was there for my own journey as well, just to see how much I’ve grown and how I’d fare against such a stellar group of cooks,” she said.</p> <p>“I got absolutely everything I wanted out of it, I just wish I had a few more cooks under my sleeve – it wasn’t even about the finale – I just wanted to show off a few more dishes.”</p> <p>After the program, Poh will be focusing on her weekly JamFace stall at Wayville’s Adelaide Farmers’ Market as well as her work with homeware brand Mozi, <em><a href="https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/south-australian-masterchef-contestant-poh-ling-yeow-eliminated-from-reality-cooking-competition/news-story/445a91e9ff0c90e59c943ff2c27f50e3">The Advertiser</a> </em>reported.</p>

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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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