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2012 in Summary

Hi guys!

I haven’t been around for a while since I’d been busy — mainly with helping my mom around the house, get-together with old friends and older siblings who’re living with their respective families somewhere else and lazing around the house, as I believe a vacation is not a vacation unless you do completely nothing.

So, let’s look at 2012. It was an interesting year. I remember reading that some fortune tellers use the word interesting to describe adversities/life challenges, and that’s how 2012 is like. It has lots of good and bad stuff and some that are blessings-in-disguise. I’ve also started this blog sometime last year, and it’s definitely one of the good things I’ve done in 2012.

 

What are the things I’ve learned in terms of cooking and food?

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Christmas Traditions around the World

Parol or Philippine Christmas lanterns
Star-shaped lanterns (called parols) in the Philippines

I was inspired by Christmas Food around the World and decided to read a bit about how other countries celebrate Christmas. Christmas here in Australia can’t be more different from the White Christmas conveyed in Bing Crosby’s song since it falls during the summer, and most of the festivities are held outdoors — barbecue in the backyard or picnic at the beach, you know how it goes.  Of course I have to mention the traditional Carols by Candlelight, which is broadcasted live every Christmas Eve.

Now let’s look at the Christmas traditions in some parts of the world.

 

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A Bacon Appreciation Post

burger king bacon sundae
Burger King's new bacon sundae

So, I guess you’ve heard about Burger King’s new bacon sundae.

I love bacon, occasionally enjoy sundae, and am normally excited to try out new dishes, but — surprise — I think I’d pass on this one. I just don’t find it appetising, plus it contains 510 calories according to Yahoo News and, apparently, the chocolate in the sundae is more sugar than chocolate.

 

Usually I’d be delighted to be presented anything with bacon, and I agree wholeheartedly that if you’re going to cheat in your diet it’s got to be bacon, but that bacon sundae doesn’t quite cut it for me.

I’ve read quite a lot of reviews saying that it’s surprisingly good though, but even though I’m curious about it, I’m not interested enough.

 

But let’s not get this in the way of appreciating the full awesomeness that is bacon. Here’s a chart (credit seen on the lower part of the photo) that will enlighten you on whether you should eat bacon. (It’s pretty clear: you should.)

chart on should you eat bacon

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Jamie Oliver Guests in MasterChef Australia

On a recent episode of MasterChef Australia, the Jamie Oliver guests as the chef-to-beat of three of the contestants — Jules, Tregan, and big-glasses Alice — for the immunity pin.

*Insert excited squeals here.*

 

Jamie Oliver is, like, a legend in the culinary world. He’s young, charming *insert a second round of squeals,* and cooks great food that any home cook can follow. This, I think, should be the central theme of most cooking shows. Complicated or unique dishes are fine every now and then, but practically speaking, what we really need to know is good food that you can regularly make at home.

jamie oliver in masterchef australia
Jamie Oliver in MasterChef Australia. Photo courtesy of Herald Sun.

The immunity challenge involves making the best antipasti platter. Wikipedia cites antipasto (plural: antipasti) as a traditional first course of a formal Italian meal. Of course, on the onset it’s apparent that none of the girls would be able to beat Jamie Oliver, but overall we still get an amazing show.

 

What I like about this episode — aside from Jamie Oliver’s natural television talent and the way he quickly chops as if there’s nothing lighter in the world than a knife — is the way he teaches the contestants. I know that a lot of people watch MasterChef Australia to be inspired and to learn new techniques and dishes, but somehow, along the way, these just got lost. So instead, we get a lot of drama, suspense music, and less cooking. Somehow, with Jamie Oliver there, there just seems to be more excitement and energy in the kitchen. Honestly, it’s like watching a different cooking show; the atmosphere is different and a feels a bit like you’re cooking in you’re own kitchen, not just watching amateur chefs whip up fancy dishes to please the judges.

Jamie Oliver watched after the contestants and gave them advice, which is, I think, how it should be — not for judges to interrupt the contestants with silly questions while the latter are rushing to finish a dish and probably praying that they be left alone.

As it happens, the contestants weren’t the only one who were jumping-up-and-down-like-a-kid excited with Jamie Oliver’s appearance on the cooking show. Herald Sun reports that the episode garnered around 1.3 million viewers, and reading on people’s comments in forums and news articles on this episode, the episode is really well received. Hopefully Jamie Oliver’s style in the television rubs off on the producers and judges of MasterChef Australia, so we can, once again, tune in to a cooking show that is worth watching.

 

 

You can read a whole recap on Jamie Oliver’s guesting in MasterChef Australia in the Sydney Morning Herald. For me, it’s one of the best episodes in MasterChef Australia.

How about you? What do you think about this episode on MasterChef Australia?