Zumbo’s Just Desserts

image-1-1Love Adriano Zumbo and his amazing desserts and predilection for magic, fantasy and fairy tales. Great Willy Wonka velvet jacked and crazy bright blue shoes. The gold chocolate ducky in the ginger ale bubble bath! The back-to-school desk! The romantic Lovenbouche! The floating Willy Wonka Hat Trick!

Rachel Khoo is the perfect foil, with her Mary Poppins precise pronunciation, great foodie instincts and well-timed winces as Zumbo lists every Aussie dessert as his fave, or looks askance at his goofy laugh.

Am so happy no-nonsense Mum Kate won, nothing can beat her experience gained while making all those Women’s Weekly Dessert Cookery book recipes for school fetes. She said she’d made a lot of cheesecakes.

A big Mardi Gras moment when the confetti was shot out of a cannon all over the winners. Kate says she’ll use the $100,000 to buy a pop-up dessert truck where we can all flock to savour her incredible flavours. And she gets to make a creation to be sold in the Zumbo shop. Runner-up Ali, an insurance broker — famous for her anxiety-inspired meltdowns — thanked everyone for the “journey”. Loved Amie’s artistry in the show (though the annoying bandanna she wore every appearance looked like she was trying to hide a head injury).

Have been visiting the local bakery, Crispy Inn, more frequently thanks to this series, and grew fond of their custard mille-feuille, chocolate eclairs and profiteroles.

Married at First Sight Australia season 2 episode 8 Finale

The contestants have figured out, since it’s Season 2, that the decisions don’t really mean anything, so *everyone* decided to stay ttttogether, as, why not? They could easily split up as soon as the cameras are switched off. Noone gets to look like the bad guy.

The highlight was Tatts and Teacher, with Tatts being self-destructive as he didn’t feel good enough for her, so he avoids getting hurt by screwing it up.

She keeps us in suspense, looking very cross that he keeps screwing up. But she says yes.

It doesn’t really matter, as all the couples weren’t legally married anyway, and who knows if they’re still together after the cameras stop rolling? Might as well say yes, then leave them in the car park.

Enjoyed the rest of the series, and I s’pose if there had been some splits it would have been interesting, but seems the contestants have figured out they can’t lose by saying yes they’ll stay together. Whereas saying no would paint them as the bad guy.

Hope Tatts and Teacher are still together.

Married at First Sight Australia season 2 episode 7

tatt“All I know is how to defend and protect,” says Tatts, clearly referring to his former Navy job. Everyone’s crying as Tatts seems to have got a defence lawyer to compose the perfect apology. He does stuff to get back in her good graces: driving, washing the dishes. Teacher isn’t happy and warns him if he breaks his promise and gets nasty again, she’ll be heartbroken, as it’ll be over.

They do some portrait paintings on a windy beach and it seems v awks and Teacher starts painting his face as a bit of an attack and he cops it good-heartedly.

Am feeling sorry for Radio Girl and Fashion Designer cos she says she’s a shallow party girl and it seems she can’t really commit cos she’s been hurt before. Fashion Designer is lovely and sweet and suddenly I want them to be together forever. But still have reservations, as he doesn’t really like Pinky, her teddy. She doesn’t want him to move in straight away, probably cos she needs a break from all the sex. He’s very upset and says if she doesn’t want to, that’s sad. But surely they could live separately for a bit and then move in together?

Tatts’ family goes on about how he’s so immature and they’re glad Teacher has been a good influence. But does she always want to be the Adult? She loves his fun side, but it could get tedious being the main grown-up. He gets drunk with his navy mates and gets a random tattoo, crucially the night before Decision Night. A psychologist expert chimes in that he’s self-sabotaging cos he feels he’s not good enough/afraid of getting hurt etc. He’s only 26, so of course he’s immature. Teacher says she can’t trust him on his drunk nights out. He’s not that shocking really, pretty normal for a 26-yr-old. The dinner party angst freaked me out, though. I think he needs some post-navy debriefing. Seeing the bodies of refugees — women and kids drowning — would have had a big effect.

Am very surprised two of the girls wear teensy shorts to meet their mother-in-laws for lunch!!

Married at First Sight Australia season 2 episode 6

He  should be given help, not paraded on national TV.

Teacher gives an honest but foreboding assessment of Tatts as being more immature than her and am thinking, is it immaturity or trauma reactions/barriers?

Jess is a total hero going in single, facing the “deliriously happy couples”. She says she’s happy to see all their happiness. Dumper Dave wanders around like a directionless lump.

Teacher gives a great speech about hanging on thru the “Oh Shit!” moments, not realising she’s got a lot of them coming up.

There’s a huge blowup where Tatts suggests Radio Girl is too easy and it’s like Inner City v Everyone Else as the Fashion Designer presses all Tatts’ buttons and a punch up nearly happens.

Teacher runs out as she can’t stand Tatts making an idiot of himself, and she hears what went down and seriously wonders if he’ll ever fit in with her inner city friends. He doesn’t know what the Sydney Mardi Gras is, he doesn’t like career women who don’t want kids. Their earlier speech about having similar values suddenly sounds hollow. He apologises and realises he needs to get some lessons in diversity and that he shouldn’t criticise others’ lifestyle choices. It was a bit scary, and he’s been crossed off all Inner West dinner party invite lists.

Radio Girl has no boundaries when talking about sex but Fashion Designer tells her she’s great and he supports her. I think it won’t last and he knows it. It all happened when he said last episode: “Do u wash Pinky?” (the teddy bear.) If a bloke doesn’t love your teddy bear, it’s over.

M&M, well, Firefighter doesn’t seem into it, and they’re like two Venture Scouts together. Nice to look at, but it’s not going anywhere.

Teacher locks Tatts out of the bathroom. It’s a tragedy. Where’s the support for trauma-affected Navy people who’ve seen dead bodies of women and kids while doing Border Patrol stuff? Whatever’s being done, it isn’t working. It’s a big ask to expect a Teacher to take him on when he seems to need help.

I wish life had those cutaway moments where you could reflect on bad decisions and play them back to loved ones later.

Married at First Sight Australia season 2 episode 5

Am feeling cheated re: Jess and Dave’s big talk, which happened in last night’s qwepisode and was cryptic cos Dave didn’t give any answers. In the newly edited version this evening, we get his full explanation — why couldn’t we have seen that last night? Would have meant Dave would have made sense.

Jess gives him a death stare that’d melt the Death Star and Dave looks totes shell-shocked. She’s crying and embarrassed and she would be great doing morning TV or something cos she’s so real. She gets home and cries a lot, but at least she found out early that he was wrong. Her friend is lovely: “He’s an idiot.”

We see Dave at home, and give the editor an Emmy, it’s brilliant. He’s crashed out to Simply the Best. A bottle of Eno is on the table, its label facing the camera.

Tatts and Teacher are planning how many kidz they’ll have. The new tatt where he’s a lion morphing into her is bizarre!!! Red flag right there.

Andy is alone in his NZ honeymoon castle, feeling like Queen Elsa, regretting he’s so reserved. He magically finds Craig, and they sit on the grass as Craig accuses him of being a wet fish and Andy says he’s been cheated on twice before and he’s trying to get over being a wet fish. Craig says he’s been cheated on twice too, and he’s not a wet fish, so it’s not inevitable. Andy announces it’s over and he cries and Craig hugs him. They both walk away sobbing and devastated, and we all want them to get back together. Craig wanders the streets of NZ forlorn, literally not knowing where to go, since he’s left the honeymoon castle early.

Radio Girl and Dad: When he says: “Have you washed him?” (her pink teddy bear), you know it’s over. Cutaway to him having buyer’s remorse. She wants to christen every room and he says “I feel like it might be a long night…” Later, he says he loves her and she says they’re soul mates cos of the Angel Cards saying so. Slick editing? Dunno, am not feeling it.

BEST QUOTE: “She’s got a really caring heart, like me, like, if you’re in the position to help anyone, she’d take that opportunity with both hands.” — Tatts


Married at First Sight Australia season 2 episodes 1 to 3

Tears seeing Zmarr1oe and her ultrasound baby, a successful couple from two years ago. “Two minutes of hard work.”

“Love is a powerful force and it causes chemikal reakshuns and emotshuns and stuff,” narrator Georgie Gardner says in an important tone, likes she’s reading the news.

Shots of desperate singles saying I’ve got to meet someone NOW, or else!

1000 singles wanted to sign up, but only a few were chosen. These lovers have been on zillions of dates every year with no luck, so now they’re turning to SCIENCE which says they’ve got to meet someone who smells nice, is attractive and who you can communikate with.

Scientists’ heads come on all serius in close-up, saying it’s so important they get it right, since the singles have screwed it up repeatedly and they have NO HOPE without scientific logic.

The Singles HAVE to do a fake wedding cos they’re so hopeless at opening up and these theatrics are the ONLY WAY they can knuckle down and take finding love SERIOUSLY!!!

Some of them have had traumas and find it hard to let people in, so maybe these dressups and having family around will help them get their sh*t together.

Mr Tatts comes on and we all love him, he says he looks tough but he’d help little old ladies across roads and chickens and eggs, and he comes from a lovely family who fostered kids and he’s seen horrible trauma in the navy. He was part of the Refugee Boarding party and it was confronting to see the bodies of women and children. 😦 “It changes you, I got affected by it.” He’s left the navy and is back living at home with Mum and Dad while he gets back on his feet.

His perfect match is Nicole, the primary teacher, who’s v sweet and could be married forever to anyone cos she loves the whole planet.

Love the firefighter who wears his Marvel cartoon undies to the wedding; not sure he’ll survive with the ambitious perfectionist.

Was great to see Nicole’s Dad, with the leg, come round to like Tatts.

The gay couple, CrAndy — well, Andy is trying to deal with trust issues cos of his own
horrible exes. He has a tanty re: Craig’s ex is here! Everything I’d done and said is dead to me! It’s a dealbreaker!! I’m out!!! He downs a Jack Daniels and has a chat with his friends and recovers. They both seem lovely. Craig is calmer, he’s a hairdresser, he has to be.

The Singles say “Sh*t” a lot.

Did a lot of f-fwding cos everyone’s on their best behaviour now. They’ll be tired and emotional on the honeymoon.

The next revealing bit will be when they move in: how much space does the other person leave? And week 2 of living together is when we’ll see if they want to be together and are trying.

BEST QUOTE: Tatts: “I promise that you will always count. That you will always come first. If you don’t for whatever reason, I will buy you some shoes.”

The Voice Australia 2016 recap The Blinds Episode 1



First up is Alfie, with smoothy velvet emotionalism. The judges love it. Floods of tears, as his sister had the same thing as Delta and they had her photo stuck on the fridge as an inspiration! His family’s all crying when they hear him pick Delta! Am weeping into my hot chocolate, this is what Sunday nite TV is all about!

Jessie and Delta announce they won’t be tediously fighting this year. Yay!

Jessie says she’s dressed as the red chair and does anyone want to sit on her lap and swing around?


His nerves are getting the better of him and he’s a bit flat. Team Madden pick him and find out he’s a plumber and the Maddens say they hope he shows his butt crack. He says he does.


Claire’s Mum is a professional Medium and predicts Jessie J will come thru. Claire loves being a retail asst but it’s been her dream forever to be a star. BUST! Judges want authentic voice.


Jack has lots of tatts so he says some peeps think he’s intimidating, but he’s quiet and sweet and lives with Mum and daughter Ivy. Thinks this is the best thing he could do for his family and himself. Ivy’s fave singer is her Dad! He’s great! Goes with Jessie J.

Ronan’s pitch included a chat about busking for the homeless in Ireland last Xmas with other Irish superstars. Yay! Good deeder.


“I’m over the dust and fumes at the factory. Tonight’s going to be the night!” All the judges want her! A Madden gives her a hug and says join us, we’re huggers! She does!


Sings a Ronan song to make sure Ronan knows who he wants. It’s like bad karaoke but when the nerves are gone and Ronan sings it with him, Ace sounds a lot better than Ronan.

I need a palate-cleansing break, so play Prince song Manic Monday. The bridge! “All of the nights …”



Was fat and unhappy, then lost weight. Mum preferred her fatter as now she won’t eat her lasagna and ravioli. Lost her voice when tonsils came out at 16 and complications, terrible time, so she’s worried about hitting high notes. Nana Mouskouri-look, she’s GREAT!! Team Madden!

SUMMARY: Maddens have 3 artists, Delta 1, Jessie J 1 and Ronan said he’ll go to his trailer to have a cry, as he got none! I thought all the singers were great, just nerves got in the way.

THE BIG PRIZE: Mazda 3, $100,000 and contract with Universal.