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Australian Open: Tennis stars in Melbourne quarantine complain about changing rules and their food

International tennis stars have blasted their living conditions after being forced into hotel quarantine in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open. 

Several top tier athletes including Carreno Busta and Fabio Fognini have critiqued the food they’ve received since arriving last week, while French player Alize Cornet described the situation as ‘insane’ in a since deleted post.

The 30-year-old shared her frustration at the Australian government’s decision to quarantine 47 players after two cases of Covid were imported on a plane from Los Angeles.

Returning Australians have to self-isolate in designated hotels upon arrival for two weeks, but Victoria made arrangements to allow Australian Open participants five hours’ daily training during the quarantine period.

Given the two new Covid cases, the government ordered every other passenger on board into a hard two week quarantine, scrapping the agreed training periods. 

French player Alize Cornet described the situation as ‘insane’ in a since deleted post

Two passengers inside one of the planes taking people to the Australian Open have tested positive for Covid-19, though it has been confirmed neither person is a competitor

Two passengers inside one of the planes taking people to the Australian Open have tested positive for Covid-19, though it has been confirmed neither person is a competitor

Italian star and world No.17 Fabio Fognini was offered the same meal, and explained that he hoped he received something more substantial next time

Carreno Busta, the world No.15 who arrived from Spain, shared a picture of a salad, an apple and juice cup alongside the caption 'really?'

Carreno Busta, the world No.15 who arrived from Spain, shared a picture of a salad, an apple and juice cup alongside the caption ‘really?’. Italian star and world No.17 Fabio Fognini was offered the same meal, and explained that he hoped he received something more substantial next time

‘Soon, half of the players from the AO will actually have to isolate,’ Cornet wrote in a since-deleted tweet.

‘Weeks and weeks of practice and hard work going to waste for one person positive to COVID in a 3/4 empty plane. Sorry but this is insane.’

Cornet said that when she agreed to the tournament, players were told that they’d be separated into sections of 10 people on their flights.

If one person within that section tested positive, players were informed they would need to quarantine. 

But those rules have since been amended to include the rest of the plane, she claimed.   

Cornet said that when she agreed to the tournament, players were told that they'd be separated into sections of 10 people on their flights. If one person within that section tested positive, players were informed they would need to quarantine

Cornet said that when she agreed to the tournament, players were told that they’d be separated into sections of 10 people on their flights. If one person within that section tested positive, players were informed they would need to quarantine

Several top tier athletes including Carreno Busta and Fabio Fognini have critiqued the food they've received since arriving last week

Several top tier athletes including Carreno Busta and Fabio Fognini have critiqued the food they’ve received since arriving last week

Cornet understood that she is 'privileged' to be in the position she is in, but argued players are risking serious injury if they compete after a two-week break

Cornet understood that she is ‘privileged’ to be in the position she is in, but argued players are risking serious injury if they compete after a two-week break

Cornet understood that she is ‘privileged’ to be in the position she is in, but argued players are risking serious injury if they compete after a two-week break. 

‘This seems to be a very sensitive subject and I understand it… But we are not asking the Victorian residents to play a professional sport afterward. Maybe I’m too focused on my side of the story, but that’s also why we are here for.’

Cornet was one of several stars who voiced the same concern after learning of the quarantine orders.  

Swiss world No. 12 Belinda Bencic said the restrictions offered some players an unfair advantage.

‘We are not complaining to be in quarantine. We are complaining because of unequal practice/playing conditions before quite important tournaments,’ she said.

‘We made our decision to come here from rules that were sent to us. Then we arrived and received an information/rule book with more/new rules that we did not know about.’

Pictured: France's Corentin Moutet

Pictured: Fabio Fognini of Italy

Several top tier athletes including Corentin Moutet and Fabio Fognini have critiqued the food they’ve received since arriving last week

This week flights ferrying players, including defending champion Novak Djokovic, have arrived

This week flights ferrying players, including defending champion Novak Djokovic, have arrived

Pictured: Cornet's view from her room

Pictured: Cornet's hotel quarantine

Alize Cornet shared two photos taken from her own hotel quarantine stay in Melbourne

Several other players said if they were informed that there was a risk of quarantining for 14 days without any access to training, they would not have competed in the tournament. 

Meanwhile others have highlighted the sub-par food they’ve been receiving since they arrived in Australia.

Carreno Busta, the world No.15 who arrived from Spain, shared a picture of a salad, an apple and juice cup alongside the caption ‘really?’. 

Italian star and world No.17 Fabio Fognini was offered the same meal, and explained that he hoped he received something more substantial next time. 

Meanwhile world No.28 Benoit Paire from France opted against the quarantine meals entirely, and ordered McDonald’s delivered to his room. 

In total, some 1,200 elite international players and their teams will arrive in Melbourne ahead of the tournament, which is due to begin on February 8. 

Spanish star Rafael Nadal (pictured centre) has also touched down in Australia

Spanish star Rafael Nadal (pictured centre) has also touched down in Australia

Hundreds of players, including Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, have already arrived.

All participants and officials must return a negative Covid test before boarding the flight.  

Sylvain Bruneau, who coaches Canada’s 2019 US Open winner Bianca Andreescu, was one of the positive cases on board the Los Angeles flight.

He claims he was feeling ‘perfectly fine’ before boarding the flight and had tested negative to the virus within 72 hours of boarding. 

‘I have no idea how I might have contracted this virus,’ he said. ‘I am extremely saddened and sorry for the consequences now on everyone’s shoulders sharing my flight.

‘The rest of my team is negative and I sincerely hope that any further disruption is kept to a minimum.’

Japanese star Kei Nishikori (pictured above) was on the flight from LA to Melbourne

Former world no.1 Victoria Azarenka (pictured above) was also on flight from LA to Melbourne where two passengers tested positive for Covid

Japanese star Kei Nishikori (pictured left) was on the flight from LA to Melbourne, as was Former world no.1 Victoria Azarenka (pictured right) 

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Bianca Andreescu back in action in Melbourne

Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu is expected to return to competition in late January in Melbourne as part of a pre-tournament for the Australian Open.

Currently ranked seventh in the world, the 20-year-old Ontarian will be making her first appearance on the tour since the 2019 WTA Finals. She suffered a knee injury and had to withdraw from the event. Also plagued by a foot injury in the following months, Andreescu ultimately did not play a tournament in 2020.

In Melbourne, she will also be accompanied by Quebecer Leylah Annie Fernandez, who is among the 92 invited players.

The players will be divided into two groups who will participate in as many separate preparatory tournaments. These will take place from January 31 to February 6.

The Australian Open will then take place in Melbourne from February 8-20. American Sofia Kenin will look to defend her crown on the women’s side.

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Mum of two Mama Mila shares her foolproof technique for cleaning her oven while she sleeps

How to clean your oven while you SLEEP: Mum-of-two shares her simple ‘game changing’ technique – and you only need four ingredients

  • Mum-of-two Chantel Mila shared how she deep cleans her oven while she sleeps
  • Chantel said you only need some baking soda, dish soap, water and vinegar
  • This works because baking soda is alkaline, so it cuts through acidic oven grease
  • In the past, Chantel shared a series of home hacks for cleaning your appliances

A Melbourne mother-of-two has shared how she deep cleans her oven while she sleeps, and you only need four ingredients.

Chantel Mila posted on TikTok, where she said the method is ‘oven cleaning made easy’.

‘To clean your oven while you sleep, you’ll need 1/2 cup of baking soda, one tablespoon of dish soap and water,’ Chantel posted.

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A Melbourne mother-of-two has shared how she deep cleans her oven while she sleeps, and you only need four ingredients (Chantel Mila pictured)

Chantel Mila posted on TikTok, where she said the method is 'oven cleaning made easy', as the majority of the cleaning is done 'while you sleep' (pictured)

Chantel Mila posted on TikTok, where she said the method is 'oven cleaning made easy', as the majority of the cleaning is done 'while you sleep' (pictured)

Chantel Mila posted on TikTok, where she said the method is ‘oven cleaning made easy’, as the majority of the cleaning is done ‘while you sleep’ (pictured)

Combine these three ingredients until you have a ‘smooth paste’ that is easy to spread.

‘Apply a thin layer to your oven and leave it on overnight,’ Chantel said.

The next morning, simply find a cloth and wipe down the surfaces, taking care to remove the paste and focusing on any difficult areas. 

You should follow this by spraying your oven with white vinegar, which will help to remove any ‘residue’ or grease.

Leave the magic solution to work overnight, before you then spray it with white vinegar to remove any 'residue' or leftover grease

Leave the magic solution to work overnight, before you then spray it with white vinegar to remove any 'residue' or leftover grease

Leave the magic solution to work overnight, before you then spray it with white vinegar to remove any ‘residue’ or leftover grease 

The reason why this works is because baking soda is alkaline, which means it cuts through any acidic oven grease.

Meanwhile, the dish soap will ‘help to soften any built up grease’.

‘If you find it still doesn’t work, try leaving the mixture on for longer, or you may need to repeat the process a few times if there is a lot of built-up grease,’ Chantel said.

‘But it works a treat!’

How to make Chantel’s oven cleaning solution 

INGREDIENTS

Chantel shared her simple solution for cleaning your oven (pictured)

Chantel shared her simple solution for cleaning your oven (pictured)

1/2 cup of baking soda

One tablespoon of dish soap

Water

White vinegar 

METHOD 

1. Combine 1/2 cup of baking soda, one tablespoon of dish soap and some water together to make a ‘smooth paste’.

2. Smoothe a thin layer of the paste onto your oven and leave it on overnight.

3. Find a cloth and wipe down the surfaces, taking care to remove the paste and focusing on any difficult areas.

4. Spray your oven with white vinegar, which will help to remove any ‘residue’ or grease.

5. Repeat if necessary. 

Source: Mama Mila 

The mum has built up a huge following of 200,000 people online, who turn to her for home improvement and cleaning hacks (oven cleaning pictured)

The mum has built up a huge following of 200,000 people online, who turn to her for home improvement and cleaning hacks (oven cleaning pictured)

Within an hour of posting the brief video, it had already amassed close to 5,000 views.

Many said they would give the simple homemade solution a try:

‘That’s awesome, I’m going to try it,’ one person posted.

‘Obsessed, will definitely do this,’ another added.

In the past, Chantel has shared videos on everything from the secret to perfectly fluffy pillows to how to clean out your washing machine.

Her home tips and ‘hacks’ have amassed the mum-of-two close to 200,000 followers online. 

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C’mon Aussie: Cricket fan catches ball in his beer cup at a BBL match and tries to drink it

The most Aussie thing you’ll ever see: Cricket fan takes extraordinary catch in his beer CUP at the Big Bash after a player hits a six into the crowd – and then keeps drinking with the ball still inside

  • Top batsman Englishman Dawid Malan whacks a six into a man’s beer cup
  • The man grins as he tries to drink the beer with Malan’s ball still in it 
  • ‘What about the COVID? He doesn’t want to touch it’: commentators laugh 
  •  Freak catch sets crowd giggling at unusual Stars vs Hurricanes match in Hobart

A cricket fan has turned into an instant Australian legend by catching the ball in his beer cup at a Big Bash League cricket match.

The amazing fluke came as the Melbourne Stars snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against the Hobart Hurricanes at Bellerive Oval, Hobart on Saturday.

During the sixteenth over, the Hurricanes were in trouble when the world’s top Twenty20 batsman Englishman Dawid Malan whacked a six into the crowd at fine leg.

As the ball dropped behind the boundary fence a young spectator in a white shirt started laughing and raised his arms to the cameras.

As the camera zoomed in and replayed the shot it became clear the young man had tried to catch the ball, but missed.

Astonishingly an older man sitting next to him raised his clear plastic beer cup and the ball could clearly be seen inside.

The man then became an instant Australian hero by finishing his drink with a cheeky grin before flicking the beer-sodden ball back onto the field.  

The man did the most Australian thing: tried to finish his beer with the ball still in the cup

Top Twenty20 batsman, Englishman Dawid Malan in full flight at the BBL in Hobart on Saturday. It was Malan who whacked the miracle six that ended up in a man's beer cup

Top Twenty20 batsman, Englishman Dawid Malan in full flight at the BBL in Hobart on Saturday. It was Malan who whacked the miracle six that ended up in a man’s beer cup

Dawid Malan of the Hobart Hurricanes  (pictured) was in good form on Saturday at Blundstone Arena (Bellerive Oval)

Dawid Malan of the Hobart Hurricanes  (pictured) was in good form on Saturday at Blundstone Arena (Bellerive Oval)

‘What is he doing?’ commentator Mark Waugh asked.

‘What about the COVID? He doesn’t want to touch it. You can’t give it back without the beer,’ colleague Brendan Julian laughed.

The soaking wet, hops-flavoured ball had to be replaced for play.

The bizarre moment brought a good laugh to an unusual match in which a shock batting collapse delivered the Stars an unexpected third-straight loss. 

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How to clean your oven without any harsh chemicals: Cleaner shares her simple three-step process 

How to clean your oven without any harsh chemicals: Professional cleaner wows thousands with her simple three-step process

  • Australian professional cleaner Kacie has shared how to clean an oven easily
  • The three-step process is simple and doesn’t require any harsh products 
  • On TikTok Kacie revealed she only used bicarb soda and a scourer pot scrubber 

An Australian professional cleaner has shared a three-step method for cleaning the oven without using harsh chemicals.

Kacie, from Melbourne, published a demonstrative video on TikTok and revealed she only used bicarb soda and a kitchen scourer pot scrubber to remove the food stains from the cooking appliance.

The helpful video has since been viewed more than 22,000 times and Kacie has gained a following of 217,000 on the video platform.  

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Kacie (pictured) published a demonstrative video on TikTok and revealed she only used bicarb soda and a kitchen scour pot scrubber to remove the food stains from the cooking appliance

In the video Kacie preheated the oven to soften the grease inside, but warned to make sure it's not too hot to avoid being burnt

She sprinkled a generous about of bicarb soda onto the oven door

In the video Kacie preheated the oven to soften the grease inside. She sprinkled a generous about of bicarb soda onto the oven door

In the video Kacie preheated the oven to soften the grease inside, but warned to make sure it’s not too hot to avoid being burnt.

She sprinkled a generous about of bicarb soda onto the oven door – which is known to be a natural alternative product to using chemical buys.

Kacie then rinsed the scourer under water for a few seconds before scrubbing on the oven. 

Kacie then rinsed the scourer under water for a few seconds before scrubbing on the oven

Once cleaned the end result will leave the oven looking brand new

Kacie then rinsed the scourer under water for a few seconds before scrubbing on the oven

‘The longer you’ve left it, the longer you’re going to need to scrub; you aren’t getting out of this one easy,’ she said.

Once cleaned the end result will leave the oven looking brand new.

Other budget products that are considered to be natural include vinegar and lemon, as the acidity in both items is known to kill bacteria.  

What are some of Kacie’s top cleaning secrets?  

* Use a non-scratch sponge with Gumption or Bar Keepers Friend to clean soap scum from a shower screen with ease 

* Always use a squeegee to remove water and then ‘polish’ or dry the glass with a microfibre cloth for sparkling results 

* For sparkling windows use the $37 Sabco window cleaning kit from Bunnings that comes with a 12.5 litre bucket with a lid and handle. Pair it with a microfibre window washer, stainless steel squeegee and a microfibre cloth for the perfect finish 

* Dishwashing liquid and water works very well to clean windows 

* The #1 Kmart product for cleaning is the 2 piece pack of microfibre glass cleaning cloths – they are hidden in the car section

This isn’t the first time Kacie has gone viral online, as throughout this year she has also shared videos on how to clean a grubby shower screen and detox the bathroom.

‘If your shower screens have hard water stains or built up soap scum, I would use a non-scratch sponge with either Gumption (which is a paste) or Bar Keepers Friend (which is a powder),’ she said in another video

‘Both of those scrub onto the screen and wash off – as long as the glass isn’t etched, it should come up pretty good.’

Gumption is priced at $5.40 and Bar Keepers Friend costs $8, with both available at Woolworths supermarkets.

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How to make cheesecake BALLS: Mum-of-two shares her ‘secret’ family recipe for three-ingredient dish

How to make cheesecake BALLS: Mum-of-two shares her ‘secret’ family dessert recipe – and you only need three ingredients

  • A mum-of-two has shared her ‘secret’ family recipe for cheesecake balls
  • Chantel Mila, from Melbourne, said you only need three ingredients to make it
  • The ingredients include Tim Tams, melted chocolate and cream cheese
  • Previously, Chantel shared her recipe for three-ingredient chocolate mousse

A mum-of-two has shared her ‘secret’ family recipe for three-ingredient cheesecake balls – and said it’s the perfect holiday treat.

Chantel Mila, from Melbourne, said you’ll need to get your hands on some crushed Tim Tams, cream cheese and melted chocolate in order to make the dessert, which is a hit with adults and children alike.

‘These are delicious, so they don’t last long,’ Chantel wrote alongside a clip on the recipe.

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A mum-of-two has shared her ‘secret’ family recipe for three-ingredient cheesecake balls – and said it’s the perfect holiday treat (the dessert pictured)

Chantel Mila, from Melbourne, said you'll need to get your hands on some crushed Tim Tams, cream cheese and melted chocolate in order to make the dessert, which are a hit with adults and children alike (the process pictured)

Chantel Mila, from Melbourne, said you'll need to get your hands on some crushed Tim Tams, cream cheese and melted chocolate in order to make the dessert, which are a hit with adults and children alike (the process pictured)

Chantel Mila, from Melbourne, said you’ll need to get your hands on some crushed Tim Tams, cream cheese and melted chocolate in order to make the dessert, which are a hit with adults and children alike (the process pictured)

To make the balls, the first thing you need to do is mix one packet of crushed Tim Tams and 250 grams of cream cheese.

‘Roll the mix into balls and freeze them for half an hour,’ Chantel said. 

Once the balls have set, the mum said you can simply take them out of the freezer, coat them in melted chocolate and decorate them as you wish.

How to make three-ingredient cheesecake balls

INGREDIENTS

Chantel shared the simple recipe (pictured)

Chantel shared the simple recipe (pictured)

One packet of Tim Tams

250 grams of cream cheese

Chocolate for belting

METHOD

1. Mix one packet of Tim Tams and 250 grams of cream cheese in a bowl.

2. Roll the mixture into balls and pop the balls into the freezer for half an hour.

3. Once they have set, dip the balls into melted chocolate and decorate accordingly.

Source: Mama Mila 

Thousands who saw the clip were impressed with the simple recipe and said they couldn't wait to try it for themselves (the process pictured)

Thousands who saw the clip were impressed with the simple recipe and said they couldn't wait to try it for themselves (the process pictured)

Thousands who saw the clip were impressed with the simple recipe and said they couldn’t wait to try it for themselves (the process pictured)

Thousands who saw the clip were impressed with the simple recipe and said they couldn’t wait to try it for themselves.

‘These were delicious, I just made them,’ one woman posted.

‘Yum, I’m definitely making these,’ another added.

Previously, Chantel shared her simple three-ingredient recipe for 'delicious' chocolate mousse, and home cooks are labelling the dessert a 'game-changer' (the dessert pictured)

Previously, Chantel shared her simple three-ingredient recipe for ‘delicious’ chocolate mousse, and home cooks are labelling the dessert a ‘game-changer’ (the dessert pictured)

Chantel shared her 'life hack' for a quick and easy dessert that takes just 30 seconds to prepare (the process pictured)

Chantel shared her 'life hack' for a quick and easy dessert that takes just 30 seconds to prepare (the process pictured)

Chantel shared her ‘life hack’ for a quick and easy dessert that takes just 30 seconds to prepare (the process pictured)

This isn’t the first three-ingredient recipe Chantel has shared online.

Previously, she shared her simple three-ingredient recipe for ‘delicious’ chocolate mousse, and home cooks labelled the dessert a ‘game-changer’ for those looking for a sweet treat. 

‘This three-ingredient chocolate mousse takes 30 seconds to make and is egg-free and dairy-free,’ Mila posted on her TikTok page.

All you need to make it is some coconut cream, icing sugar and cocoa.

First up, Mila said you should refrigerate a can of coconut cream overnight.

The refrigeration process is important, because it makes the cream separate from the water inside the can.

Next, scoop out the cream from the top and discard the spare coconut cream water.

Once you have your refrigerated coconut cream, Mila said you next need to add 1/2 a cup of icing sugar and one tablespoon of cocoa to a bowl.

Then, add your coconut cream to the bowl.

‘Mix everything,’ Mila said, adding that she uses a handheld blender for this.

Once the mixture is whipped and has a creamy consistency, it’s ready to serve cold in a ramekin or bowl.

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How to make a hot chocolate bomb: Mum sets mouths watering with her delicious festive treat

A mother has set mouths watering across Australia after she shared her delicious recipe for making a hot chocolate bomb.

Chantel Mila, from Melbourne, posted on TikTok, where she said her recipe is the ‘best hot chocolate you’ll ever make’.

‘Hot chocolate bombs are delicious, so yum and my kids love them a little bit too much,’ Chantel wrote.

So how do you make the simple festive treat? 

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A mother has set mouths watering across Australia after she shared her delicious recipe for making a hot chocolate bomb (finished result pictured)

To make a hot chocolate bomb for yourself at home, Chantel said you'll need some melted chocolate, cocoa powder, warmed milk and mini marshmallows (pictured in action)

To make a hot chocolate bomb for yourself at home, Chantel said you'll need some melted chocolate, cocoa powder, warmed milk and mini marshmallows (pictured in action)

To make a hot chocolate bomb for yourself at home, Chantel said you’ll need some melted chocolate, cocoa powder, warmed milk and mini marshmallows (pictured in action)

To make a hot chocolate bomb for yourself at home, Chantel said you’ll need some melted chocolate, cocoa powder, warmed milk and mini marshmallows.

‘Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl and fill cake moulds with the melted mixture,’ Chantel said.

Once this is done, pop the mould in your freezer to set for 10 minutes and removing the chocolate moulds carefully, fill every other mould with cocoa powder to the brim.

‘Sprinkle marshmallows over the top of the cocoa powder, melt the edge of the moulds on a warm plate and secure two together to make a ball.

‘Drop it into warm milk and enjoy,’ Mila said.

How to make the hot chocolate bombs

INGREDIENTS

Chantel shared her simple recipe for the hot chocolate bombs (pictured)

Chantel shared her simple recipe for the hot chocolate bombs (pictured)

Baking chocolate

Cocoa powder

Mini marshmallows

Chosen milk variety

METHOD 

1. Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl.

2. Fill cake moulds with your melted chocolate mixture.

3. Pop the moulds in your freezer to set for 10 minutes, remove them and fill every other mould with cocoa powder to the brim. 

4. Sprinkle marshmallows on top of the cocoa powder.

5. Melt the end of the moulds on a warm plate and secure one with no filling to one that has a filling.

6. Drop the balls into a cup of warm milk and enjoy. 

'Hot chocolate bombs are delicious, so yum and my kids love them a little bit too much,' Chantel wrote alongside her recipe (pictured in action)

'Hot chocolate bombs are delicious, so yum and my kids love them a little bit too much,' Chantel wrote alongside her recipe (pictured in action)

‘Hot chocolate bombs are delicious, so yum and my kids love them a little bit too much,’ Chantel wrote alongside her recipe (pictured in action)

Thousands who saw the simple recipe said they love it and can't wait to try it and it looks 'incredible' (pictured in action)

Thousands who saw the simple recipe said they love it and can't wait to try it and it looks 'incredible' (pictured in action)

Thousands who saw the simple recipe said they love it and can’t wait to try it and it looks ‘incredible’ (pictured in action)

Thousands who saw the simple recipe said they love it and can’t wait to try it and it looks ‘incredible’. 

‘Omg this looks delicious,’ one commenter posted.

Another asked what chocolate is the best to use to make the tastiest hot chocolate.

Mila said the ‘trick’ is to use a chocolate with a high cocoa butter percentage – for this reason, she usually goes for Cadbury’s baking chocolate. 

‘I am definitely making this,’ another added.

A mother from Sydney has shared her simple three-ingredient recipe for 'delicious' chocolate mousse, and home cooks are labelling the dessert a 'game-changer' (the dessert pictured)

A mother from Sydney has shared her simple three-ingredient recipe for ‘delicious’ chocolate mousse, and home cooks are labelling the dessert a ‘game-changer’ (the dessert pictured)

The woman, who goes by the name Mama Mila on TikTok shared her 'life hack' for a quick and easy dessert that takes just 30 seconds to prepare (the process pictured)

The woman, who goes by the name Mama Mila on TikTok shared her 'life hack' for a quick and easy dessert that takes just 30 seconds to prepare (the process pictured)

The woman, who goes by the name Mama Mila on TikTok  shared her ‘life hack’ for a quick and easy dessert that takes just 30 seconds to prepare (the process pictured)

This isn’t the first recipe Chantel has gone viral for. 

Earlier this year, the Melbourne mum shared how she makes a 30-second, three-ingredient chocolate mousse.

All you need to make it is some coconut cream, icing sugar and cocoa.

First up, Chantel said you should refrigerate a can of coconut cream overnight.

The refrigeration process is important, because it makes the cream separate from the water inside the can.

Next, scoop out the cream from the top and discard the spare coconut cream water.

Once you have your refrigerated coconut cream, Chantel said you next need to add 1/2 a cup of icing sugar and one tablespoon of cocoa to a bowl.

Then, add your coconut cream to the bowl.

‘Mix everything,’ Chantel said, adding that she uses a handheld blender for this.

Once the mixture is whipped and has a creamy consistency, it’s ready to serve cold in a ramekin or bowl.

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McDonald’s Australia foodie ‘hacked’ his McRib burger into a mouthwatering treat

How to create an epic burger: How foodie ‘hacked’ his McDonald’s McRib into a mouthwatering treat

  • A diner has shared an epic McRib burger he customised at McDonald’s 
  • The man, from Melbourne, raved about the creation on social media
  • He added two cheese slices, two bacon strips, an extra rib patty and extra onions

A diner has shared an epic McRib burger he customised at McDonald’s – complete with double rib patties, American cheeses, bacon strips and pickles.

The man, from Melbourne, raved about the creation on social media after the fast food chain brought back its popular McRib burger with pork ribs, smoky barbecue sauce, topped with pickles and onion for a limited time only.

‘Now I know, McRibs are pretty average… but this one right here, this is actually really good. I am astonished with how these little extras really uplift this bad boy,’ he wrote in a Facebook group.

A diner has shared an epic McRib burger he customised at McDonald’s – complete with double rib patties, American cheeses, bacon strips and pickles

He added two slices of cheese, two bacon strips, an extra rib patty and extra onions.

‘Glad I managed to knock one of these out before they disappear into the mist again,’ the man said, adding his meal came to a total of $18 with a large fries and a large soft drink included.

He gave the burger a stellar 4.1 rating out of five.

‘It’s actually good. Easily the best burger I’ve had from Maccas,’ the man said.

The fast food chain has brought back its popular McRib burger with pork ribs, smoky barbecue sauce, topped with pickles and onion for a limited time only

The fast food chain has brought back its popular McRib burger with pork ribs, smoky barbecue sauce, topped with pickles and onion for a limited time only

He pointed out how the original McRib came with ‘too much sauce’ but adding extra onion to the bun helped ‘cut through it.

‘It worked well enough, and this hack is actually pretty good,’ he added.

Dozens of people were impressed with his order, saying they were keen to order a similar version to try it out themselves.

‘I’m trying to lose weight… but now I have to do this. Have to. Not want to. I have to,’ one confessed, while another added: ‘How much better is it when you stack a few extras on?! Burg on, legend.’

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Court CLEARS Aussie actor Craig McLachlan

Former Neighbours star Craig McLachlan has been found not guilty of indecently assaulting actors during the running of the hit musical Rocky Horror Show. 

McLachlan had maintained his alleged sexual offending while working on the production was no more inappropriate than a cricketer giving a teammate a pat on the bum.

In a 105 page decision, Melbourne Magistrate Belinda Wallington found McLachlan not guilty of all charges. 

Craig McLachlan as he appeared in the hit soap opera Neighbours back in his glory days. McLachlan has been accused of indecent assault during a production of the hit musical Rocky Horror Show. He strongly denied the allegations

Craig McLachlan in action during production of the Rocky Horror Show musical

Craig McLachlan in action during production of the Rocky Horror Show musical

Craig McLachlan's barrister Stuart Littlemore, QC (right) described his client's alleged victims as behaving in a 'slutty' manner

Craig McLachlan’s barrister Stuart Littlemore, QC (right) described his client’s alleged victims as behaving in a ‘slutty’ manner 

The 55 year old looked relieved from the chambers of his Sydney barrister where he tuned in for the verdict.  

He had endured months of scrutiny which saw him and his partner Vanessa Scammel forced to make their way through media packs outside of a Melbourne court. 

In handing down her decision, Ms Wallington made the unusual decision to praise each of the alleged victims. 

They had endured fierce criticism throughout the trial, with one young mum forced to give evidence to the court on four separate occasions. 

The hearing, which dragged on for months, saw the women’s credibility viciously attacked by McLachlan’s barrister Stuart Littlemore, QC.

Among a host of attacks on the women, the court heard Mr Littlemore had described the alleged victims’ behaviour as ‘slutty’. 

The reference was made specifically to photographs submitted to the court by Mr Littlemore in an attempt to discredit their evidence during the trial.

Ms Wallington said it was McLachlan’s ‘egotistical self entitled sense of humour’ that led him to believe at least one of his alleged victim’s would either not mind or find his behaviour funny. 

‘I want it noted the following: The four complainants were brave and honest witnesses. I was not persuaded that there was evidence of collusion between the complainants,’ Ms Wallington said on Tuesday. 

‘I was not persuaded that there was evidence of motive, or that the complaints were made for reason of career ambition or any other such reason.’

During the trial, Mr Littlemore saved particular scorn for a woman who had claimed McLachlan touched her vagina during a scene. 

‘(The victim) brought to the court what she clearly thought of as the skilful application of the craft of acting,’ he said.  

Mr Littlemore proceeded to highlight the woman’s hair, clothing, face and voice while she gave evidence to the court. 

Ms Wallington took a swipe at Mr Littlemore for the way he carried out the trial. 

‘I was not assisted by the lines of questioning by the defence that called into question the reputations of the complainants, sexual or otherwise, the poses they struck in photographs on social media or their appearance or what they were wearing,’ she said. 

Ms Wallington said she was forced to make her decision on the case based on the laws at they time they were committed. 

Stuart Littlemore QC is an Australian barrister and former journalist and television presenter

Stuart Littlemore QC is an Australian barrister and former journalist and television presenter

Craig McLachlan has been a much loved Australian actor for decades. It remains unclear where his career will go from here

Craig McLachlan has been a much loved Australian actor for decades. It remains unclear where his career will go from here 

‘The laws have since changed, but do not apply retroactively. The law on consent has been replaced with a more objective test – was the accused’s belief reasonable. Were the current law applicable, it is possible that the result may have been different.’

As the contested hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court drew to an end last month, it was heard McLachlan’s defence had submitted 160 pages denying the allegations. 

The Gold Logie award winning actor had faced multiple charges, including five counts of indecent assault, one of attempted indecent assault and others of assault, involving four women who were part of a production of the Rocky Horror Show. 

The beloved actor is best known for appearing in the soap operas Neighbours, Home and Away and the BBC spy drama Bugs. 

He has portrayed the title character in The Doctor Blake Mysteries, for which he was nominated for the Most Popular Actor Logie – a title he has previously won three times. 

Crown prosecutor Matt Fisher had delivered a scathing assessment of McLachlan’s defence to Ms Wallington.  

Your honour, I’m going to call a spade a spade. These photographs do depict people in slutty poses and deliberately so and it’s not to be sanitised, it’s not to be diluted – the fact is this is part of the culture of permissiveness. Stuart Littlemore QC 

Police had alleged McLachlan either indecently assaulted or assaulted four complainants in Melbourne between April 26, 2014 and July 13, 2014. 

The allegations became public after one of his alleged victims went public following the worldwide scandal involving disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.

McLachlan immediately filed defamation action against The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, the ABC and an actress over the news reports last year.

The defamation trial had been postponed until the criminal proceedings in Melbourne finished and is now expected to proceed.

It remains unclear whether McLachlan will be able to claw his way back into the hearts of Australians following the airing of months of lewd and graphic behaviour in court.  

Among the most serious of the charges alleged against McLachlan was an allegation he sexually assaulted an actress on stage during live production of the popular musical.

In opening the case against McLachlan last year, Mr Fisher said some of the allegations related to a bedroom scene in which McLachlan was meant to be simulating a sex act while out of sight from the audience.

‘It is alleged the accused went beyond the role he was directed to perform,’ Mr Fisher said.

It was alleged McLachlan kissed one woman actor’s neck, stomach and buttocks during a scene on more than 20 occasions.

The Australian actor arrives at his barrister's Sydney office last month. He had been giving evidence via videolink

The Australian actor arrives at his barrister’s Sydney office last month. He had been giving evidence via videolink 

The Australian actor arrives at Melbourne Magistrates' Court  with his partner Vanessa Scammell last year

The Australian actor arrives at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court  with his partner Vanessa Scammell last year 

McLachlan Twisted Toilet Capers 

The court heard McLachlan sent videos to a woman he was accused of sexually assaulting of himself taking a bowel movement. 

In videos played to the Melbourne Magistrates Court, the former Neighbours star was shown sitting on the toilet, rolling around on the bathroom floor and simulating masturbation. 

The videos had been sent to a co-star McLachlan had earlier told the court was ‘the most vulgar person he had ever met’.

One of the videos, sent in 2017 by McLachlan while he was doing a show with the woman, showed him grimacing as he appeared to defecate in a toilet. 

Another video showed him rolling about on the bathroom floor with his pants down with a similar look of pain and disgust. 

A third video saw a barefooted McLachlan touching himself over his board shorts. 

The alleged victim would go onto make a formal complaint about McLachlan’s behaviour in the Rocky Horror show the following year. 

 McLachlan maintained he did not regard the videos he sent as vulgar.

‘Not out of context of our relationship given the jokes at the time. No,’ he said.  

McLachlan was also accused of pushing his groin into the stomach area of another woman while he was wearing black boxer shorts with a tiger on the crotch, while his penis was partially erect.

He allegedly kissed the same woman during a show, without being directed to do so, forcing his tongue into her mouth.

McLachlan had also been accused of tickling another woman’s foot and reaching up towards her groin, while he was out of sight of the audience.

The court heard each of the alleged victims had come forward as they were afraid McLachlan might offend against others in a similar fashion during another production of the show. 

Mr Fisher refuted McLachlan’s claims that the women had been dishonest or lied to the court. 

Instead, the experienced prosecutor claimed it had been McLachlan who had used his position in the Australian show business to assault and intimidate the women. 

‘Things like, his position, he will “end them”, “You don’t know who you’re dealing with”. Those sorts of comments in my submission are indicative of the power imbalance that existed between the complainants and the accused man,’ Mr Fisher said.  

The court heard none of the alleged victims had ever spoken to each other about their experiences while appearing in the 2014 production of the Rocky Horror Show. 

‘Throughout (Mr Littlemore’s) submissions, there are many inflammatory words that he used in those submissions,’ Mr Fisher said.  

 

Craig McLachlan went onto find further fame in The Doctor Blake Mysteries. He is accused of sexually assaulting several of his colleagues during the 2014 running of the Rocky Horror Show. He denied any wrongdoing

Craig McLachlan went onto find further fame in The Doctor Blake Mysteries. He is accused of sexually assaulting several of his colleagues during the 2014 running of the Rocky Horror Show. He denied any wrongdoing 

Craig McLachlan (centre) with Greg Benson and Danni Minogue during the screening of Home and Away. McLachlan has been portrayed as a lovable larrikin throughout his career and strongly challenged allegations he was a sex predator

Craig McLachlan (centre) with Greg Benson and Danni Minogue during the screening of Home and Away. McLachlan has been portrayed as a lovable larrikin throughout his career and strongly challenged allegations he was a sex predator 

But Mr Littlemore refused to back down. 

‘Well your honour, we are quite firm,’ he said. ‘That was an attempt to hoodwink the court. And it would be regrettable if it succeeded.’ 

He continued to label the women’s behaviour at the time as ‘slutty’. 

‘Your honour, I’m going to call a spade a spade. These photographs do depict people in slutty poses and deliberately so and it’s not to be sanitised, it’s not to be diluted – the fact is this is part of the culture of permissiveness,’ Mr Littlemore said. 

The Tale ‘Gobbler’ and ‘Blumpkin’

McLachlan’s alleged victim had referred to the pair as  ‘Gobbler’ and ‘Blumpkin’ while they worked together in 2017.  

In a text exchange between the pair that year, the woman signed off using the raunchy names, the court heard. 

‘I’m thinking of you. If you need anything I’m here in Melb for a couple of weeks. Look after each other. Until G&B reunite. Kisses,’ the text read.

Mr Littlemore asked McLachlan what G&B had meant. 

‘It was rude, certainly – the Blumpkin,’ McLachlan said of the name. 

The term refers to a sex act being performed while on a toilet. 

McLachlan said it had been a ‘dirty joke’ between the pair. 

On Thursday, the court heard McLachlan had sent her a series of text messages in which the Crown implied were themselves vulgar. 

‘What about this phrase,’ Mr Fisher put to McLachlan. ‘A box like a bald British bulldog licking its own piss off a thistle. Is that vulgar to you?’

McLachlan responded: ‘You’d have to ask her because that’s the first time I heard it was when (the woman) said it in my dressing room.’

Craig McLachlan's barrister Stuart Littlemore has labelled a woman who posed in a raunchy photograph as behaving 'slutty'

Craig McLachlan’s barrister Stuart Littlemore has labelled a woman who posed in a raunchy photograph as behaving ‘slutty’

Mr Littlemore described a photograph of one of the women that depicted her naked from below the waste with a caption declaring: ‘This is my black box’ – her genitals covered by a black square. 

‘Is that not slutty?’ he asked.  

So ‘inflammatory’ were Mr Littlemore’s written submissions that Mr Fisher attempted to have them excluded from release to the public. 

Mr Fisher further condemned Mr Littlemore for his description of one of the victim’s at court, declaring his views belonged in the ‘dark ages’. 

The well regarded prosecutor continued to take aim at Mr Littlemore’s conduct during the trial, calling out a question he asked to one of the women where he asked: ‘Would you rather be famous as an actress or a victim?’ 

McLachlan has applied for the police to pay his costs. 

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How to wrap your Christmas presents like a pro: Mama Mila mum’s simple video wows millions 

How to wrap presents like a professional: Mum wows with her VERY simple tricks that make Christmas gifts of all shapes and sizes look incredible

  • A mum has revealed how you can ‘wrap your Christmas presents like a pro’
  • Chantel, from Melbourne, shared how to wrap regular and irregular shaped gifts
  • Millions who saw her step-by-step clips were impressed and said they would try
  • Chantel said her simple wrapping techniques take just two minutes to carry out 

A Melbourne mum has revealed how you can ‘wrap your Christmas presents like a pro’ this year, whether they are regular or irregular shaped.

The Australian woman called Chantel Mila shared two videos showing how you can wrap your festive gifts, and millions said they will be trying her tricks this Christmas.

‘Add a touch of cheer this year,’ Mila captioned one of the clips that shows how she wraps an iPhone and how you can perfectly wrap any square or rectangular gift.

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A Melbourne mum has revealed how you can ‘wrap your Christmas presents like a pro’ this year, whether they are regular or irregular shaped (the finished result pictured)

The Australian woman called Chantel Mila shared videos showing how you can wrap your gifts, and millions said they will be trying her tricks this Christmas (step by step pictured)

The Australian woman called Chantel Mila shared videos showing how you can wrap your gifts, and millions said they will be trying her tricks this Christmas (step by step pictured)

The Australian woman called Chantel Mila shared videos showing how you can wrap your gifts, and millions said they will be trying her tricks this Christmas (step by step pictured)

Push the sides inwards to create two triangles, fold one triangle across and then repeat on the opposite side (step by step pictured)

Push the sides inwards to create two triangles, fold one triangle across and then repeat on the opposite side (step by step pictured)

Push the sides inwards to create two triangles, fold one triangle across and then repeat on the opposite side (step by step pictured)

How do you wrap a regular-shaped gift?

1. Measure the paper so that it covers the top of the gift, halfway up the bottom and across the sides. 

2. Push the sides inwards to create two triangles.

3. Fold the triangles inwards and repeat on the other side.

4. Fold the second triangles over the first set.

5. Secure the base of the present. 

How to wrap square or rectangular-shaped gifts 

To wrap a regular-shaped gift, Chantel first said you should get your hands on some wrapping paper, ideally some plain brown paper as it looks stylish.

Then, measure the paper so that it covers the top of the gift, halfway up the bottom and across the sides.

Push the sides inwards to create two triangles, fold one triangle across and then repeat on the opposite side.

Finally, fold the second triangles over the first set and secure the base of the gift with a flower or sticker to make it look pretty. 

‘The whole thing takes just two minutes but looks really impressive,’ Chantel said. 

More than 12 million who saw the mum’s clip said they couldn’t wait to try it for themselves at home. 

‘I’m saving this video straight away so I don’t wrap my presents like a garbage bag,’ one woman posted.

‘I wish I could wrap presents like this,’ another person said. 

While regular gifts are easy to wrap, it can be harder to deal with items like clothes and soft toys (irregular-shaped gift finished result pictured)

While regular gifts are easy to wrap, it can be harder to deal with items like clothes and soft toys (irregular-shaped gift finished result pictured)

'Fold your wrapping paper into a trifold and tape it,' Chantel posted (pictured), alongside a clip showing how

'Fold your wrapping paper into a trifold and tape it,' Chantel posted (pictured), alongside a clip showing how

‘Fold your wrapping paper into a trifold and tape it,’ Chantel posted (pictured), alongside a clip showing how 

Again, millions were impressed with the technique, writing that Chantel's wrapped presents looked 'pretty' and 'as good as a professional job' (the finishing steps pictured)

Again, millions were impressed with the technique, writing that Chantel's wrapped presents looked 'pretty' and 'as good as a professional job' (the finishing steps pictured)

Again, millions were impressed with the technique, writing that Chantel’s wrapped presents looked ‘pretty’ and ‘as good as a professional job’ (the finishing steps pictured)

How do you wrap an irregular-shaped gift?

1. Fold your wrapping paper into a trifold and tape it.

2. Fold the bottom upwards, create a diamond and fold the bottom and top inwards. 

3. Tape it together.

4. Place your present inside the container and seal the top.

5. Add a ribbon for decoration. 

How to wrap irregular-shaped gifts

While regular gifts are easy to wrap, it can be harder to deal with items like clothes and soft toys.

But Chantel said it is possible, and it can take less than five minutes.

‘Fold your wrapping paper into a trifold and tape it,’ she posted.

Then, fold the bottom upwards, create a diamond and fold the bottom and top inwards, before taping it together.

‘Simply place your present inside the container and seal the top,’ Chantel wrote.

Add a ribbon and your present is good to go. 

Again, millions were impressed with the technique, writing that Chantel’s wrapped presents looked ‘pretty’ and ‘as good as a professional job’.

‘I never thought I’d be able to learn this. Thanks so much for sharing,’ one commenter posted.

‘This is so beautiful!’ another added.