Hazy shade of Hunter starts Mayphotos

Hazy shade of Hunter starts May | photos Picture: Dave Anderson
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A foggy start for Honeysuckle obscures Dyke Point and Nobbys. Picture: Matt Carr

A foggy start for Honeysuckle obscures Dyke Point and Nobbys. Picture: Matt Carr

A foggy start for Honeysuckle obscures Dyke Point and Nobbys. Picture: Matt Carr

Picture: Dave Anderson

Picture: Dave Anderson

A foggy start for Honeysuckle obscures Dyke Point and Nobbys. Picture: Matt Carr

A foggy start for Honeysuckle obscures Dyke Point and Nobbys. Picture: Matt Carr

A foggy start for Honeysuckle obscures Dyke Point and Nobbys. Picture: Matt Carr

A foggy start for Honeysuckle obscures Dyke Point and Nobbys. Picture: Matt Carr

A foggy start for Honeysuckle obscures Dyke Point and Nobbys. Picture: Matt Carr

A foggy start for Honeysuckle obscures Dyke Point and Nobbys. Picture: Matt Carr

A foggy start for Honeysuckle obscures Dyke Point and Nobbys. Picture: Matt Carr

A foggy start for Honeysuckle obscures Dyke Point and Nobbys. Picture: Matt Carr

A foggy start for Honeysuckle obscures Dyke Point and Nobbys. Picture: Matt Carr

A foggy start for Honeysuckle obscures Dyke Point and Nobbys. Picture: Matt Carr

A foggy start for Honeysuckle obscures Dyke Point and Nobbys. Picture: Matt Carr

A foggy start for Honeysuckle obscures Dyke Point and Nobbys. Picture: Matt Carr

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A foggy start for Honeysuckle obscures Dyke Point and Nobbys. Picture: Matt Carr

Picture: Jan Lowe

Picture: Jan Lowe

Picture: Jan Lowe

TweetFacebookDid you snap a fog shot? Send it to [email protected]南京夜网419论坛FOG greeted the Hunter on the first morning in May, leaving much of the city’s skyline obscured for about an hour.

A clear morning gave way to the misty conditions shortly after 7am, with views across the city mostly restored again by 9am.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster David Wilke said the thick conditions developed as the sunrise began to warm air, forcing it to circulate at lower levels.

“It was a perfect set-up for fog in the Hunter,” he said.

“Through Newcastle we also had fairly light westerlies and a bank of fog in the Upper Hunter.”

The foggy start to Monday is unlikely to continue, Mr Wilke said, with a trough expected to scatter showers late on Tuesday and into Wednesday morning.

Friday would be the region’s next chance for fog, Mr Wilke said, but likely not on the same scale that swooped over the harbour to start the week.

Mesh campaigner wins awards

Winner: Australian Pelvic Mesh Support Group founder Caz Chisholm with two health consumer awards received for her work since 2014 campaigning for victims of pelvic mesh.
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A WOMAN who launched a campaign to support women victims of pelvic mesh and hold Australian health regulators to account has won two awards for consumer health advocacy.

Australian Pelvic Mesh Support Group founder Caz Chisholm received the Western Australian Health Consumers Councilhealth consumers awardand the Rosemary Caithness Award for outstanding service to health consumers after a campaign, supported by the Newcastle Herald, for a Senate inquiry into pelvic mesh.

Ms Chisholm’s group jumped from 39 members in early 2015 to more than 600 by Thursday when she received the awards, only days before International Mesh Awareness Day on Monday, May 1. The day was initiated by mesh support groups in countries including Australia, America, New Zealand, Great Britain and European countries including the Netherlands.In America alone more than 125,000 women have initiated legal action against mesh manufacturers after they were implanted with transvaginal mesh (surgery through the vagina rather than the abdomen) after post-childbirth complications.

An American woman on Friday was awarded $20 million compensation for complications after mesh surgery in 2007 using a Johnson & Johnson transvaginal mesh. In Australia 450 women have joined a class action against Johnson & Johnson, another 350 women have joined a class action against a second American device manufacturer, and more than 1000 women in total have complained of serious injuries after mesh surgery.

Ms Chisholm said she was “thrilled and honored to receive these awards as this represents the acknowledgement of all women suffering from the devastating effects of mesh”.

“What we seek first and foremost is recognition of our pain and suffering because most of us have been ignored by doctors, and when we do present with complications we are told they are caused by anything other than mesh,” Ms Chisholm said.

“Yet when women join the support group and they read about the same complications as others, they breathe a sign of relief and often cry because finally they have the recognition that they are not imagining their pain and they are not going crazy.

“They realise their pain is real and their pain is from mesh.”

Western Australian Health Consumers Council executive director Pip Brennan said Ms Chisholm’s double win of the two most prestigious consumer health awards recognised her tireless advocacy for mesh victims and outstanding work on giving them a voice.

“The use of mesh is now the subject of a federal Senate inquiry, which is taking submissions until May 31, and the inquiry’s titleis ‘Number of women in Australia who have had transvaginal mesh implants and related matters’. This highlights that we simply don’t know how many women have had these implants, and how many of them have suffered complications,” Ms Brennan said.

“Caz Chisholm has spent significant time and energy raising awareness for women about the issue and providing essential peer support. She was also directly responsible for ensuring that the Senate inquiry was successfully advocated by Senator Derryn Hinch.”

In 2016 Australia’s peak health regulator for medical devices, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, quietly placed on its website a list of at least 30 known complications following pelvic mesh surgery, after TGA executives met with Ms Chisholm and other support group members.

The complications include punctures of vessels, nerves, structures or organs including the bladder, urethra or bowel; foreign body response including erosion of mesh into the vagina, bladder or bowel; chronic infections;acute or chronic pain; pain during intercourse; temporary or permanent inability to void via the lower urinary tract; bleeding; chronic pain in the groin, thigh, leg or abdomen; atypical vaginal discharge; exposed mesh may cause pain to the patient’s partner during intercourse and abscess.

MKR winners reveal the secret of success

Tyson’s reaction the moment he found out he and Amy had won MKR. Photo: SevenTheMy Kitchen Ruleschampions have revealed the secret ingredients that helped them snatch the 2017 crownand sail home with $250,000 in prize money.
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Self-styled serious siblings Amy and Tyson Murrquickly made a name for themselves in season eight by snapping up the highest instant restaurant score inMKRhistory.

But it wasn’t their weird cuts of meat or alcohol-inspired sorbets that helped them take home the top gong fromrivals Valerie and Courtney. Speaking to Fairfax Media the morning after their victory, the Queenslanders said it was their commitment, time management and ability to work together that helped them sail over the finish line.

“We’re still in a little bit of shock,” Amy said. “We’re just trying to soak it all in. The finals were tough … you could create your best dish and someone could still go home. We have so much respect for all the other teams.”

Throughout season eight, Tyson was framed as someone who at any moment could transform into an “angry, angry man”. However, after a pep talk from judges Pete Evans and Manu Feildel, the former Uber driver realised he had to reign in his emotions if he was going to have any chance of winningMKR.

“Pete and Manu told me you can use the stress and pressure of a kitchen to create great food,” he said. “I learnt to control my anger. You don’t have to get angry about it.”

This transformation was apparent when Tyson’s short-lived villain edit melted away in favour of someone who was willing to poke fun at himself and joke around in the kitchen.

As for what other tricks the siblings had up their sleeves in order to make it into the grand final, Tyson saidhe and his sister worked on their time management skills.

“We knew what we had to do cooking-wise, it was just about making sure we were doing the right thing at the right time,” he said.”That’s what really helped us stay calm and relaxed with our cook.”

Meanwhile, Amy also suggested her and her brother’s ability to work well as a team helped carry them towards the finish line. While other teams buckled under the pressure and made errors that sent them packing (sometimes early on in the season, and sometimesnail-bitingly close to the finale), the serious siblings stayed on target until the final episode.

“We couldn’t have done it as individuals,” Amy said. “You need to compliment each other’s skills. I was definitely the bossy project manager and Tyson the technical cook – that worked well for us.”

So what’s next for the serious siblings? Well, Tyson won’t have to worry about shepherding around drunk Uber passengers any more – he’s snapped up an apprenticeship at a restaurant at Brisbane’s West End.

As for Amy, she said she’s going to support her brother’s “food dreams” 100 per cent. However, while “nothing immediate” is in the works, the pair are exploring the idea of developing a dessert range.

Amy and Tyson wowed the judges towards the end of the competition with sorbets inspired by liquors such as gin and Pimms.

“People seem to love the idea of our desserts,” she said. “We’re toying with some ideas to bring that to the wider population. Watch this space.”

Cake queen crowned at Sydney Show

WINNER: Janette Robertson excelled in the 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show’s cookery competition. To see her winning entries, go online to theherald南京夜网419论坛.
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Janette Robertson retired from the Newcastle Regional Show cookery competition in 2016 at the top of her game.

When Food & Wine spoke to her earlier this year, she was preparingfor the 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show.Janettecompeted in the cakes and preserves categories and, to put it bluntly, gave the competition a cooking lesson.

Among other things, she was awarded the annual trophy for Most Successful Exhibitor in thepreserves category and received the Standard of Excellence Cabinet which includes the coveted purple ribbon –the highest accolade at that level.

Janette Robertson’s winning entry in the Cabinet of Excellence. Picture supplied

The outcome was, she said, “exciting but most unexpected”.

“I stepped outside the square with my pantry box entry and won a purple ribbon. That meant a lot to me.And I got to bring the Cabinet of Excellence back to Newcastle, and out of Sydney.

“Every category had about 40 entries. Three judges tested every cake, sometimes multiple times, because at this levelit really does go down to the wire.The judging is amazing to watch, it’s an art in itself.”

Did she, as a relative newcomer, put any noses out of joint with her success?

“No, everyone was very supportive in the cakes and preserves categories. Although I have heard things can get savage in the sugar category,” she said, laughing.

Janette Robertson’s winning preserves entry. Picture supplied

Janette had a recipe published in Woman’s Dayrecently but it’s judging cookery competitions that remains her ultimate goal.

“I’ve met some wonderful judges and going to a judging early on was the best thing I ever did. I really want to be a judge, I think it would be an incredibly rewarding thing to do.”

Just quietly, Janette’s work colleagues are onto a good thing. Many of her creations are tried and tested in the lunch room.

Maitland’s Jo-Anne Wright also reigned supreme at the Sydney Show, although her specialty is fruit cakes, Janette says. More on Jo-Anne in an upcoming Food & Wine.

For the mumsMother’s Day is coming up on May 14 and Food & Wine has been contacted by venues hoping to make your mum’s day as special as possible.Bushrangers Bar & Brasserie at Largsis offering a two or three-course set menu, and mum receives a complimentary glass of Tyrrell’s sparkling and chocolate.

At Belmont 16s you have three options. A four-course set menu will be served on The Terrace from 12.30pm, bookings essential. Also, Salt is offering a two-course a la carte Mother’s Day lunch and Sails Eatery will have some lunch specials available on the day.

Pokolbin’s Bistro on Hermitage, next to the James Estate Cellar Door,will be hosting a special three-course luncheon on May 14 with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival and a gift for mum. Cost $60 adult, $20 children.

And Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is throwing a High Tea at RedsaltRestaurant on May 13, 2pm to 4pm, where you canenjoythree tiers of delectable treats like mini cakes, finger sandwiches and scones. On May 14, 1pm to 3.30pm, the Mother’s Day Buffet Spectacular at Redsalt is all about seafood.

Denman festivalDon’t forget, the Upper Hunter Food & Wine Affair returns to Denman this weekend. Ogilvie Street will come to life with music, gourmet food, rides, wine, beer and more.

Meatstock funBarbecue festival Meatstock is on at Sydney Showgroundsthis weekendand organisers contacted Food & Wine to let readers know Minmi-based Because Brisket is competing in the event’s “BBQ Wars”. Good luck to the team.

Ban the bagFamily-owned grocer Harris Farm Markets hopes to reduce the use of single-use, lightweight plastic bags across its 23 stores in NSW, including the Stockland Glendale store. Harris Farm Markets will donate five cents for every customer that refuses plastic bags at the checkout until the end of July in a bid to help change consumer behaviour.

Film in the ValleyPeter Drayton Wines on Hermitage Road, Pokolbin,is hosting Flickerfest this Saturday, May 6. Gates open at 5pm and you can grab a bite to eat from pop-up food trucks and taste some great local wines. Best of Australian Shorts will be screened from7pm. Tickets are $55 eachwhich includes a food plate, souvenir wine glass, wine tasting and films. One of the short films being screened is the suspenseful Trespass, about a woman walking her dog alone in the bush who has a strange encounter. It wasproducedby Singleton native Alex White.

There are a few film-themed food and wine events taking place in the Valley in May.

“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”isa fun and engaging evening when you will get to “Meet the Makers”. Book a table for a group of friends or join in with another table andbe joined by a local vigneron who will share stories of life in the vineyards. On May 5 it’s The Mill Restaurant’s turn, and on May 12 head to Hunter Valley Resort.

And Casuarina Estate will host“Life of Brian” on May 27.The event celebrates the life of Brian McGuigan, one of the Hunter Valley’s renowned winemakers, who will host a dinner and recount tales of his life in the Hunter Valley. His story will be told in words and film, with many entertaining stories from Brian’s friends and associates over the years. Doors open at6pmwith wine and beer tasting and canapes followed by a three-course dinner. Tickets are $130 each.

Learn new skillsWestfield Kotara is getting “hands on” this May with a series of workshops. For the full program of events go online to westfield南京夜网419论坛/kotara/events.