Archive for May, 2011

It’s coming!!!!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

well once I work out why it is not letting up load photos it will be!!!?

Buried!!!

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Mercurio’s Menu the Kenya speacial aired yesterday around Australia and had a total of 294 000 viewers. When I say around Australia I mean that it went to air in all the major cities at the time of 4.30pm with the exception of Brisbane which aired at 4.00pm. We have never played around Australia at the same time before. Now I dont know if it won it’s time slot or if it won its first quarter losing the 2nd two quarters to come back and win the last – perhaps perhaps not. If it did win it’s time slot – and lets face it the time slot sucks so it should have won it – then we can all be glad for it’s success.

However – The show has been airing in Sydney over the last few weeks and last week in Sydney alone it had an audience of 137 000, this is for a 5.30 pm Sunday time slot. The Sydney audience for the Kenya speacial at 4.30pm Sat was 84 000.

The ratings week of the 9th May Mercurios menu played in Sydney and Adelaide to a total audience of 193 000 – 100 000 for Sydney and 93 000 for Adelaide. The Adelaide figures for the Kenya speacial were – 29 000

For the ratings week of 2nd May Mercurios Menu had 180 000 viewers for the Sydney show at 5.30 sunday and for the April 25 ratings week Mercurio’s Menu rated 124 000 viewers in Sydney alone.

Series one of Mercurio’s Menu averaged over 700 000 viewers and series two over 800 000 viewers and on occassion we had shows that rated over 1 000 000 viewers.

So I must admit to being disappointed in these figures because it is a much better show than the figures tell us. And I think you can see from the Sydney examples having a later time lot and a consistant time slot means we can consistently get the viewers the show deserves.

I am disappointed for Lipton who put a lot of effort into promoting the show via radio spots but at the same time I am immensely proud and grateful for the support and commitment Lipton have shown and put in to the show.

Ultimately the sad truth is that the show was buried by the network who chose to put it on at a ridiculous time slot knowing full well that we would be lucky to get the ratings we did. On top of that they gave it absolutely no advanced publicity not even a one liner in the paper!

The strange thing is it could have been a winner for the network. Maybe they will give it another go who knows?? I wont be holding my breath though!

My daughter wrote this:

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
May 12, 2011 in Small Bites

Today is International CFS/ME/ Fibromyalgia Awareness day and a few weeks ago this post was doing the rounds of Facebook statuses:

YOU DON’T LOOK SICK?! No, I don’t. It is so hard to explain to someone when they have no clue. It’s a daily struggle feeling sick on the inside while you look fine on the outside. Please put this as your status for at least 1 hour if you or someone you know has an invisible illness! (Anxiety, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, PCOS, Endometriosis, Diabetes, Crohns, Arthritis, Epilepsy, MS, IC, and/or Depression)

So I decided it was probably time to do a blog about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and shed some light on a hard to understand illness.

It was nice to see a little awareness about “invisible illnesses” as they are difficult to explain and even more difficult to experience. I was holding off on talking about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome on my blog because I get upset when I have to explain it and lay it out in black and white. It hits me how real it is and how well I can brush it off and keep positive; having it out there in the most honest way can be a scary and confronting thing. I’m good at making jokes about it; after all sometimes there isn’t a lot else you can do to get through.

Reading the above statement made me think about a time when I did have to explain CFS to someone who really had trouble grasping the situation and understanding it logically. I had luckily read a fantastic article by a woman with Lupus (which has similar energy depletion to CFS) who explained the way her energy worked using spoons as a measurement. Unfortunately spoons didn’t quite cut it for my logical friend so we agreed to say ‘energy pills’ instead. So, I’m going to try and explain how the lack of energy for CFS sufferers works. There are more symptoms than just being tired but this is the biggest and easiest one for people to relate to.

Ok, so say we all have these “energy pills”, every day you wake up with an almost limitless amount which allows you to exercise, go to school/uni/work for the day, catch up for lunch with mates, drive down to the shops to pick up groceries, vacuum the house and so on and so forth. Now I’m going to give you an illness that depletes your energy, so as of now you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The bed ridden only have about 10 energy pills, the more functional somewhere between 30-50, the ‘lucky’ ones who have got mild CFS get 50-100. I’m going to give myself 40 pills to work off. Now you have a limited supply of “energy pills”, you wake up and you only have 40. The little things that didn’t cost you anything yesterday cost you a lot more today. Washing your hair? 5 pills, getting dressed- 3 pills, making breakfast 2 pills, forcing yourself to exercise for 15 minutes- 20 pills, you have only made it to 11.30 in the morning and you only have 10 pills left. Now you have to make choices! Wash your hair or grocery shopping? Play Wii dance with your sister or make your own dinner? Get on the exercise bike or go shopping and have a coffee with mum? You have to pick and choose what is important and worth using energy on. It certainly gives you a greater understanding and respect for the energy that you do have and the things you want to spend it on.

Occasionally I do something that pushes my energy into the negative, I’ve used more than I could possibly have; that is when you start the next few days down a lot of energy pills. It is a constant battle and balancing act. It has taken me many years to learn the balance and learn my limits. This is by no means an original idea but it’s a fantastic way to show how much someone with CFS or similar illnesses has to watch what they spend their energy on. I don’t want to make it seem all doom and gloom for you all, because in all honesty I wouldn’t trade my experience for anything. I have learnt so many life lessons that take other people years to even touch on, I’ve become a better person because of it and it has definitely shaped me and changed how I will live the rest of my life. But it is also real, and scary and horrible because there are no answers and there is no time limit and that makes the future a bit hazy and can be incredibly difficult. I do my utmost to stay positive about my life but I won’t lie- I have a lot of off days where I’m utterly miserable, but I always pick myself up and keep on keeping on because that’s all you can do.

I do my best and have a beautiful support network of friends and most importantly my wonderful family. CFS can be very isolating so it’s a special thing to have family and friends who do their absolute best to accommodate me and not make me feel like I’m a burden to them. And I think that is what having an awareness day is about- it’s not only the people who suffer from these illnesses but also the people who are around and care about you. I can’t thank my family enough for the things they do and the way they support me. The same goes for my friends. I went to an immunologist a few weeks ago and he asked me whether I had a good network of supportive friends, when I emphatically replied yes and that I couldn’t ask for better, more understanding people to have in my life he was surprised. Apparently I’m very lucky, as a lot of people lose friends or don’t have strong support from the ones they’ve got when they get diagnosed with a chronic illness. So I count my self very lucky for the family and friends in my life and want to say thank you because I know it’s not easy.

Headaches, sore muscles, nausea, concentration/memory difficulties and extreme fatigue are my symptoms, however CFS is not who I am. I have learnt and grown from my experiences and I can only hope that each day gets a little better until I’m up and running with the rest of you. But for now, I’m taking it day by day and staying as positive as I can. Today is better than yesterday so I’m happy for the moment!

Lipton Quality Black Pancakes with Raspberry Cream

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

As cooked with some degree of chaos live on the morning program on channel 7:

1 cup of self raising flour
300 mils of warm milk
5 Lipton quality black tea bags
2 tablespoons of honey
1 free range egg
1 teaspoon of unsalted butter
1 300 mil container King Island pure cream
1 250 mil container of Raspberry coulis

Put flour in a large mixing bowl. In a glass measuring jug pour in 300 mils of milk and then zap it in a micro wave for one minute so that it is quite warm but not really hot. Put the tea bags in and jiggle them for a minute then let them steep for another five minutes. Add the honey and stir to dissolve. Jiggle the bags some more then squeeze them out so as to collect all the milk and flavour and then discard. Crack the egg into the milky tea and beat. Using a whisk slowly add the milk to the flour and mix to form a batter.

Heat a non stick fry pan over medium heat and add the butter when it has melted swirl the pan so as to coat the bottom with the butter. Spoon in some of the mixture and allow to cook. When bubbles form on the top turn the pancake over with an egg flip and cook the other side. Remove cooked pancake to a plate and continue with the remaining mixture.

Put the cream into a bowl and add three or so tablespoons of the coulis to the cream and gently mix through. You can use more or less of the coulis depending on how much raspberry flavour you want to come through. The raspberry’s really complement the tannins in the tea.

Stack one, two or three pancakes on a plate spoon over some of the raspberry cream and enjoy.

Makes about 12 pancakes

Happy Mothers Day!!!

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

I am wishing a very happy Mothers Day to all those Mums out there!! We may not say it as often as we should – or as often as we think it – but we couldnt do it without you, wouldnt want to do it without you and we are incredibly honoured that you love, cherish and care for us.

THANK YOU

Mercurio’s Menu Series Four

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Just a heads up for anyone who may be watching TV in NSW/Sydney today – Mercurio’s Menu series four episode one is on at 5.30pm on channel 7.

Hope you can catch it!!

Paul in the Blue Mountains

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Paul in the Blue Mountains

Two articles on Paul’s visit to the Blue Mountains: THE Wolgan Valley will once again be in the limelight when Channel 7’s program Mercurio’s Menu airs later this year.

TV chef Paul Mercurio harvested and gathered his way around the Blue Mountains before setting up his larder and kitchen at Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort.

During the special half hour feature show, showcasing the Blue Mountains region, Paul prepares a stunning menu to show off what we have in the area.

Read the rest at the Lithgow Mercury.

 


It was not strictly balmy when movie and television star Paul Mercurio visited Oberon this week during a tour of the Blue Mountains region to film an episode for his hit cooking show Mercurio’s Menu.

The Strictly Ballroom star – and, more recently, judge on Seven’s Dancing With The Stars – came with his film crew to a very cold and wet Oberon on Tuesday to sample some local produce to appear on the Seven Network program.

Mr Mercurio and his crew flew from Melbourne on Monday and will spend the week in the region finding quality ingredients to use in a cook-up at the spectacular Wolgan Valley Resort.

Read more at the Oberon Review.

Paul in Kenya

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Lipton’s YouTube channel has posted twelve videos of Paul in Kenya! Unfortunately, I can’t embed them here, but you can go watch on YouTube!