Thursday, September 27, 2012

I hate backbiting but I love great bites

I love watching the cooking shows especially the Masterchef New Zealand and Australia because the series includes Masterchef classes where I could learn lots of tips from the chefs. I told my Quay Lo that I don’t like any shows that include a lot of backbiting among contestants and he agrees. For whatever reason the Masterchef series from the U.S. is full of this unbecoming behavior. While I recognize that some of this may be due to editing it still makes me wonder what people derive from putting others down. I can't think of a reason other than some distorted means of elevating one's self at the expense of another. Do they not have a voice of conscience? I really feel backbiting is an evil act and it is so wicked. I hope it is the producers who have deliberately highlighted drama and backbiting in the shows to attract more viewers. Of course then we have to ask ourselves why that would be considered as a device to attract more viewers. What do you think?

In the Masterchef New Zealand and Australia shows, you don’t see the contestants speaking badly about each other. In fact they seemed to be very supportive of one another. I think this is the right thing to do. We can still support each other even in a competition. I think a victory is more honorable if it is won by skill instead of using dirty tactics.

In one episode of Masterchef class, New Zealand, I saw how mango cannelloni was made by one of the show hosts.  It seemed so easy to do and such an impressive dessert. As I am a mango lover, I could not wait to try making this at home. When I started to roll the mango slices, it was not so easy after all. I did it though, but as you will see, it is far from perfect. My rolling was not tight enough and I think the filling was way too wet. In my next attempt, I will reduce the amount of cream and pat dry the pineapple and see if that helps. Perhaps I should chill cannelloni for 24 hours before I cut it. Still, this is a pretty dessert isn't it? I can say that it is delicious. 

Mango Cannelloni 
Recipe from Chef Josh Emett, Masterchef NZ

Click on the photo to get the recipe


I’m submitting this recipe to this month’s Cook Like A Star (Masterchef), hosted by Zoe of Bake for Happy KidsAnuja of Simple Baking and Baby Sumo of Eat your heart out




44 comments:

  1. Agree with u. I too hate backbiting. Only losers do that. Tks for sharing

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    1. I am glad you agree. Thanks for dropping by.

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  2. Oh i do love watching cooking shows too... and yes your creation is really mouth watering :)

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    1. Thanks Genskie for dropping by and the following. Hope to visit with you agains soon.

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  3. I don't watch those shows...but I've an ex-student in the current series of the Malaysian version - in the Top 24, dunno now. How come you never join, Quay Po? You'll beat everybody flat with just one hand...

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    1. Arthur, I can't work under pressure like that. Usually there are a lot of back biting and politics in competition like this which I am not fond of. I think the biggest reason is, I am not up to that standard lah. Thanks for seeing me so up! LOL!

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  4. me too, i was also turn-off by masterchef us season 2. i found a lot of reality shows from the usa has lot of these 'drama' moments, compared to UK or australia reality shows.. some were quite boring.. lol. maybe the americans love "dramas", get more viewership? my sister was involved in the biggest loser asia, and she said sometimes the producer purposely create situations (like hide someone's things) to heat things up.. sad but
    this mango dessert is so unique! doesn't look that difficult from the recipe, but I think i'll have difficulty rolling too!

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    1. The rolling part is the most difficult:D

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  5. Hi Quay Po, your mango cannelloni look awesome. Very nice and classy display. 2 thumbs up for you.

    Have a nice day, regards.

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    1. Thanks Amelia. Thanks for dropping by. It is nice to see you here again.

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  6. I agree with you Quay Po, Masterchef US has a lot of backbiting. I hate it too. Some contestants are so boastful and so full of themselves. That is why I found Masterchef Australia is so different. They are all so nice and even if they have disagreements, they are more civil in their approach. Your mango cannelloni is lovely! I don't see any imperfection there, only excellence!

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    1. If only you have seen those that the chef made, you will know how imperfect mine was.

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  7. I love watching cooking shows too, especially those making cakes, bread and pastries. Nice mango cannelloni, your presentation look great.

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    1. I am quite happy with my presentation too but not the product itself. Need lots of improvement.

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  8. I love watching cooking shows just to ogle at the food, I find it amazing they can prepare such delicious food in such pressured condition! very nice plating of your dessert, drool worthy!:D

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    1. Yes, me too, it is amazing to be able to perform well under such tremendous pressure. I don't think I can. Thanks for the compliment on my plating.

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  9. I love mangoes and this looks very refreshing!

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    1. Oh yes, this is a very refreshing dessert. A good one for hot weather like ours.

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  10. I bet this must be really delicious and your presentation for this looking professional.

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    1. Thanks Mel. It was delicious and I am very happy with my plating.

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  11. What a sweet way to serve mango! And such a clever twist on cannelloni!

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    1. Yes, lucky to have seen how the chef did this and be a copy cat.

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  12. Veron, it looks very pretty and delicious, where got far from perfect? ;)

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    1. Yen, if you put mine and what the chef made, you will know what I am talking about:D

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  13. Looks TOO mouth-watering! I need a whole big plate just for myself :D Never mind if you say I am greedy....hehe. Hope you have lots of fun everyday. MaryMoh at http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com

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    1. Oh I wish you are staying next to me so that I have one more food critic and no, I will never say you are greedy.

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  14. That looks delicious! Makes it so hard NOT to overindulge!

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  15. I also hat back biting. Its a major turn-off and a bad attitude. Anyways, your mango canneloni looks mouthwatering.
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    1. Thanks carla bianca. Appreciate your visit and take time to leave your comment. Hope to see you around.

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  16. You have created such a yummy looking dish..great job

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    1. This is not my creation, I am just a copy cat. hehe Thanks for dropping by.

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  17. It looks beautiful and vibrant.

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    1. Thanks Yan. Hey, I just want to tell you, I love your new profile pic. You look so lovely.

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  18. 1st of all, congratulations to you Quay Po as 2 of your recipes have been chosen to feature in AFC on 28th Sep. I love these mango cannelloni & don't mind of finishing the whole plate for you but hoh, after this week, I'm going to go on diet as my summer tights are getting tight & this can't be happening! Hahaha! Winter was so good to me & I didn't realise that I've put on some much of weights, must go on a diet b4 I go back to see "liang liang Quay Po!"Happy mid-autumn festival to you & your family!

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    1. You are telling me. I have put on tons of weight. I need to go on diet too. It is very had to do lah.

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  19. I hate back biting which is also rampant in work place. These people dont realise how much their remarks hurt others and undermine their confidence. One should have confidence in one's own ability instead of trying to erode other people's confidence.

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  20. Hi Veron,

    You are right that there are less "drama" between the contestants in the Australian Masterchef as compared to some reality shows. Nice to watch these friendly competitions showing contestants who are sincere to learn instead of just making their TV appearances...

    Your mango cannelloni is such a beauty. This will be an elegant dish to serve for all sorts of entertaining.

    Zoe

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    1. Yes, that is how I feel about the Australian and NZ Masterchef show. Thanks for your compliment on my dessert.

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  21. you did it so well! i can imagine how difficult to roll the mango, with fillings and so slippery!! it sounds truly delicious!! do you know that i've never watched a single episode of masterchef? i never subscribe to that channel in astro :((

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    1. Thanks Lena. It is hard to roll. You love cooking and baking so much, you should get Astro and subscribe to the channel. You will enjoy the shows and also learn a lot of tips from the chefs. Those that will not be in any cookbooks.

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  22. Looks really amazing. Thanks for sharing. I agree with you. I hate backbitting.

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    1. You are most welcome. Happy to share and thanks for dropping by and leave your comment.

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