After getting past this hurdle: gnome-panel will not start after running purge command i seem to ave lost appmenu. All of the packages related to it have been installed, however it does not show up in the 'add to panel' menu. Do i need to enable something else in order to see it?
Try restating the panel,
If the above command din help you,add a new panel.Right click that panel and select Add to Panel
From the drop down list select Menu Bar and click add..It will bring the Application Menu.There is also a Alternative for Gnome Panel Menu Bar