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  1. PepperMonkey

    Masterchef (AU)

    Never been more happy in my life to be totally wrong about an elimination. Our Derek is safe! But guys, I don't think he's going to be on there much longer than top 8 or 7 at max. He really does have issues with certain things. I kind of hated to see Steph go in a way, but then not. Glad Derek and Simon are safe and we'll see what shakes out in the team challenge in a couple days. As per usual, I will be skipping immunity pin hell and just stopping by here to see who did or didn't. I'm actually thinking Tim may get an immunity pin to keep him in the festivities a bit longer. Let's see if I'm wrong again (hope, hope, hope)...
  2. PepperMonkey

    Masterchef (AU)

    All I am saying (besides give peace a chance) is if Tim ends up in the finale, the other person (TESSA) had better win. Although at this point I'm not discounting an extra special episode with a super surprise elimination, by which Tim AND Ben end up as the final two.
  3. PepperMonkey

    Masterchef (AU)

    I feel like we're in the upside-down with both Tim and Ben in the immunity challenge, so yeah, I hope Larissa pulls it out if they're determined for someone to win the immunity pin. A nice twist would be if you DON'T WIN immunity pin, you have to leave the competition. Never to return, Tim. Meanwhile, I kind of think Derek may be leaving versus Simon and Steph. Derek - whom I really like, by the way - seems to fare better in team competitions but flounders when left to his own devices, at least it seems that way to me. I'd love for Steph to leave because I'm pro Derek and pro Simon, but she somehow manages to eke out a good showing in black apron challenges. I don't know what the odds are, but I would love for Steph, Tim, Ben and Anushka to leave soon. Christina can go too. I don't dislike any of these people, they just don't really do anything for me. Actually, there's no one of whom I am super enamored this year, except maybe Tessa, so go Tessa! Team Tessa for the win!!
  4. PepperMonkey

    Masterchef (US)

    Aaron's hands look FILTHY to me with all that ink. I can hardly stand to watch him and don't think he adds anything to the show. I don't know much about him professionally but he used to be on Chopped a lot, no? So he must have some cred but I don't want to eat anything he's ever touched. The contestants do seem to be nicer this year or maybe they're just themselves and the producers are allowing them to MOSTLY be decent humans instead of stereotypes hogging for camera time. The guy in the overalls seems nice, but I hate the outfit already. As always, I don't know if I'll stick around for the whole season, because I have a low tolerance for Gordon on most of his shows, but I'll be anxiously pacing around the forum waiting for Aerobicidal's SEASON TEN critiques.
  5. PepperMonkey

    Masterchef (AU)

    I love how Tati is always excited to BE dressed in black.... she's keenly aware of possible elimination but she is so excited to cook for Yotam again or Maggie again (because Maggie is her hero). I wish I could have that sterling attitude when staring in the face of adversity.
  6. PepperMonkey

    Masterchef (AU)

    Didn't get to watch the end as I'm headed off to work in a few, but time to say, wow, seriously, Abbey? I've not been a fan but she's a good cook and it's kind of weird to have Ben and ersatz Prince Harry there and Abbey gone. Not that I dislike her, but I would have been okay with Christina leaving. Actually any one of the three but I think Abbey was a stronger cook than either Christina or Larissa. I'm actually (waiting for rotten produce to be hurled in my direction) kind of ready for Anushka to go. For me, I would love if the next few out are BEN, I mean come on for ffs, what's his name, I can't even remember it, wait Tim, Anushka and Steph. Steph just because she's a bit too much for me. The others because I don't necessarily dislike any of them but they're nothing special. Especially Tim. I think he's a good HOME cook, but really limited skills-wise. Glad Sandeep used his pin. Maybe Tessa will make it all the way to the end without having to use hers!! I think I'm starting to wish for a Tessa-Derek finale!!!
  7. PepperMonkey

    Masterchef (AU)

    Myriad I have missed you so much! So glad to see you're back to posting on the MC AU forum, which is the show and forum I look forward to the most every year. Disappointed slightly this year as there's no one that I'm actively LOVING, but I like Tati, Tessa, Nicole and Derek. I think the boys are boring me, too, though, and I HATE the lack of Shannon. Poh, Matt and Billie are just not great at mentoring. Would like to add, though, that Matt Preston in his shorts suits at the beach was everything. Waleed is probably toast unless he pulls out a miracle and I have yet to see anything that makes him appear as a miracle worker so far. Wanted to go watch, kind of, but if Abbey was the star again this week, I'm going to have to think about it. I'm beginning to wonder if she's the eventual winner or if she's heading for a huge fall. Interested to see who's coming back from the eliminateds. Still love this forum!! It has provocative insights, great senses of humour and the best class of people on the interwebs!!!
  8. PepperMonkey

    Masterchef (AU)

    Native Texan here, too, and we would never have dreamed of letting a bean anywhere near our chili! Same with rice, BUT I have heard of both and enjoyed both of an occasion, for something completely different. Mr. Monkey is from upstate NY and he likes the few days old chili with his mac and cheese which he adoringly calls chili mac. I wasn't sad to see Faux Harry go either, but yeah, that challenge was ridiculous for elimination and as someone else stated very intelligently, and first, should have been more like an immunity pin challenge OR much closer to end of competition than this "soon." I do think they will find a way to bring him back though. Haven't seen immunity pin challenge yet, but Anushka made another layer cake? And she can cook other stuff: we've seen it. Oy. At least Abbey (OMG is it Abbey? her name is escaping me...) didn't get a shot at the pin. And I don't know why they keep bringing Billie back to the show; ditto with Matt. And Poh's not bothering me, even though I've never been a Poh fan, but she doesn't seem to add much as a mentor either. Shannon used to give them practical advice, not that everyone always listened, but that was on them, not him. Still no one I'm finding to actively root for. I like Tati, Derek, Tessa and Nicole. And the only one I actively dislike so far is Abbey... or at least I think that's her name. I'm not finding myself as enamored of this season as I have been in the past seasons so maybe its time is running out. I'll continue to watch as long as they continue to air it, but my FF button has been getting a real workout this season.
  9. PepperMonkey

    Masterchef (AU)

    Oh Sanweep, congrats! I'm not sure if it's exactly racist to say all he cooks is curries unless the Aussie FB posters mean it in a racist way (maybe they do; I'm not a facebooker so I tend to think of everyone who posts negative comments as trolls)... there are so many different kinds of curries in so many different cultures, to lump them all into one category is a bit small-minded, imho. What IS ridiculous is the jidges acting like they didn't know who cooked the curry and rice versus the elegant little pile of calamari and tasty burnt corn bits. Also, seriously, is Poh okay? I keep thinking she's wearing a wig and then today she has the hair scarf-y thingy..... Mr. Monkey and I are both cancer survivors and I recognize some of the hair stuff and the blush that's a little brighter than it normally would be because you feel so washed out all the time... Sending good thoughts her way....
  10. PepperMonkey

    Masterchef (AU)

    Well, I felt that Abbey did somewhat take responsibility but maybe not enough. And I don't think she even realized how badly she failed the team until Nigella's and judges' comments. When she said "I set them up with everything they need so they don't have to run around", I thought yeah, but did you give them an idea what to DO?? As the second cook said, I wasn't expecting to have to choose the dish. Tessa is quite impressive and I'm happy that no one is seriously annoying me yet. Tim was more on the back burner today, which was a nice break, and I felt so badly for Larissa at the end of the cook there, she won back some major goodwill from me. Anushka does need to lay off the layer cakes. Has she cooked anything savoury? Can't remember if she has. It's still too early for me actively to want anyone to go home, but if I had to choose, I would choose Abbey based on her performance in the relay.
  11. PepperMonkey

    Masterchef (AU)

    Okra tastes green if that makes sense. I'm from the south so we like it fried (with a cornmeal coating), crispy... almost, but not quite, burnt, and sprinkled with sea salt. It's also used in many gumbos. If it's cooked wrong it can have a slimy texture, but cooked right the "slime" either disappears or takes on a more "silky" texture. An acquired taste, to be sure, unless you like it fried or in your cajun stews, gumbos, etc. I personally love it. Tom Colicchio is a well-known "okra as a delicious vegetable" agnostic.
  12. PepperMonkey

    Masterchef (AU)

    Fast forwarding through the ep and I'm glad I was wrong about not cooking against a professional chef. I really don't care for Poh and never have and not exactly sure why. I do hope she's okay though because is that a wig she's wearing? Gah I seriously wish we didn't have immunity pins in a competition like this; it's about the ONLY thing American version of the show gets right (no pins).
  13. PepperMonkey

    Masterchef (AU)

    Tim should have kept the beardlette/stubble. They can't really say he looks much like Prince Harry now. Maybe that's why he shaved it... I wasn't a massive Dee fan, because it's too early to be a massive fan of anyone, but she started off so strong and just kind of fizzled after the handsome-Curtis-Stone cook along. I wondered why she was insisting on cooking the angus when they got their mystery box, but I think she really wanted to prove she had learned something in that immunity pin test. Even though the meltdown is usually a spoiler, I could kind of tell the way the other two were so methodically approaching the Bombe, that Dee was in serious trouble. So I was surprised because she initially seemed so strong, but not surprised because she kind of cratered (imho) after Ser Tim won his not very much deserved immunity pin. On a brighter note, he already used his pin so LOL (what a maroon). Oh, and MORE HISTORY in immunity challenges, guys, seriously? Let me guess (not a spoiler cause it really is a guess): they are not going to be able to choose so two or more of them will "win" pins???? Ye gods, if they are going to continue to force an immunity challenge upon me (and clearly, they ARE, as it is season 11), they can at least have them cook against chefs, like they have in the past. At least watching that process was interesting, yet it seems to have fallen by the wayside, like Shannon...
  14. PepperMonkey

    Masterchef (AU)

    TVbitch, I hate to tell you this, but there's no Shannon this season. Why not Reynold instead of Matt Sinclair? And I liked Matt on his season. I liked Billie well enough also, as a cook, but goldingy, she is boring as all hell. The home cooks who annoy me slightly are going to continue to annoy me and will be around for a while. That's just one of the rules of Masterchef Australia. Myriad, Katisha, TVb, et. al.: having gotten those minor bitches out of my craw, I have to admit I am SO forking glad this show is back!
  15. PepperMonkey

    All Episodes Talk: Crime And Punishment

    Re: "Consumed"... Of course I am upset and horrified by that former fatso (I say as a fatty) killing his wife of 36 years, but there is a special place in hell reserved for someone that would also kill the family dogs that they professed to also "love" so much. I'm not always sure how I feel about forgiveness, but I think he only had remorse because he was caught, personally, and I hope his sons, even if they forgive him at some point, choose to never associate with him again for the duration of his pathetic life.
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