MKR…week 2…besties in Adelaide

This week we start with the BFFs from Adelaide cooking.  Oh bless them they start with breakfast and coffee at a café, as you do when you’re cooking for Pete and Manu.  Then they finally hit the shops and run in Coles…do you expect anything less?  Thankfully they have flat shoes on for their running.  Pete and Manu are loving the sound of main course and comment that the pastry needs to be home-made.  Amazingly they bought everything from Coles…no racing around a million shops like some of the other contestants.

They’ve called their restaurant Big Love Grub and it’s meant to be all homely, the clock ticks to three hours and they’re still decorating.  Then they start stressing about their sign which they’ve spent hours doing and BFF1 run to the garage for tool while trying not to have a teary…oh bless her.

They finally hit the kitchen with two hours and eight minutes to go…oh dear!  They start on the ice-cream and the pastry.  Thankfully there’s no condensed milk anywhere to be seen.  BFF2 bless her is making puff pastry…darling Manu is going to love you something shocking if it works well.  Down to an hour to go.  BFF1 is all worried about the rum and raisin ice-cream…it’s simple honey…ice-cream with run and raisins in it…don’t stress about it.  But bless her when she gets the food processor out to cut up the zucchini and leek, you’re talking my language there sister.

The others are strolling down the street and Brother Dear and Sister Dear predict it will be homely cooking, gold star to both of you.  The doorbell rings and they’re stressing out, but they put on a smily, squealy face…oh lord I can’t deal with squealing.  The Cougar is praying for the smell of burnt food, honey you need to back up a little, just because your cooking wasn’t great.

Oh no…Mr and Mrs Fussy aren’t keen on the name of the restaurant, especially the word grub.  But bless them they’ve got presents for everyone and most people are super excited about the slippers they get, especially son who got a pair of flamingo print slippers.  Mrs Fussy isn’t happy that Mr Fussy that slippers that say I’m the boss because of course she is.

Back at the table they’re all writing poet as they were also given a notepad and there’s pencils on the table.  The BFFs get onto the entrée before Pete and Manu arrive and oh my goodness there’s no squeals, it’s amazing!!  But they make BFF2 realise just how short she is when she’s standing next to them…oh honey you’re just so cute.  Everyone’s loving the menu…but Cougar thinks it won’t beat her menu.  Mrs Fussy’s already got the facial expressions going on, especially about the pickled beetroot…gee honey just take a chill pill already.

Entrée – lamb backstrap with pickled beetroot and chive crème fraiche.  The plating looks very pretty, well at least I think it looks pretty.  Mom and son think it looks like restaurant quality food, Cougar is underwhelmed by it.  Pete has a smile on his face and was expecting it to be fun, joyous and full of flavour, but didn’t get that, he wanted seasoning.  Manu says they concentrated on how it looked instead of how it tasted, but liked bits of it.  The Police loved it, as did Son but he wanted more on the plate, mum liked it but it was under seasoned and poor Mrs Fussy thought it tasted too plain.  Cougar thought there wasn’t enough of everything…oh honey, you’re getting a tad fussy now that you’ve cooked.

Main – chicken, leek and zucchini pie with minted mushy peas.  Back in the kitchen the BFFs are busy shelling the hugest pile of peas and think that BFF2 will have children before they finish shelling them.  Son’s super excited about having a pie.  Mrs Fussy on the other hand doesn’t buy pies or order pies, well she’ll be in for a surprise.  They’re doing the peas and tasting the run and raisin mixture when Manu strolls in and he’s surprised they’re doing the peas, while not a single thing is cooking.  Oh look BFF2 starts on the pastry again.  Mind you I just spied frozen peas on the bench…ummmm why have fresh peas when you’ve got frozen ones.  Oh dear BFF2 has no realised there’s no enough pastry to make whole pies…oh dear.

Then we get the preview of tomorrow with Mum and Son cooking and it looks rather emotional and teary.  Then the preview of Mrs Fussy setting off the smoke alarm after opening the oven.

Back in the kitchen the BFFs decide on a ramekin pie and BFF1 is still stressing slightly, then they realise there’s not enough filling to make a small pie for themselves as a tester…oh well…they scoop a little bit of filling out of each pie for their one.  They get carrots out and make sure there’s no grit or hair on them and check their little pie, but the top has fallen down into it…thankfully it was the only one in the oven.  Now BFF1 is starting to feel better about the pie.  The others are hungry as it’s been 1½ hours since entrée and they’re channelling a big serve for them.  The BFFs have now realised it’s been a long wait…we’re up to 2 hours since entrée.  Poor Sister Dear is starting to go mad, even Mrs Fussy is wanting food to keep her energy up.  Then they overcook the carrots and think they’re possess by the devil as the heat is going all over the place under the saucepan.

Finally they start plating…the ramekin pie goes on the plate with a pile of mushy peas on top and no carrots as they were too mushy.  The police are happy by the size of the pie.  Mrs Fussy isn’t impressed that Pete and Manu had really puffy pastry and her’s wasn’t overly puffy and Mr Fussy’s had sunk.  Manu was excited by the look of the pie, but wasn’t as impressed by how it tasted as it was all cut so small and he wanted chunks and he wanted perfection after waiting two hours.  Pete says the peas were over seasoned, plus the filling tasted of white wine…could have guessed that a while ago.  The BFFs go back into the kitchen and channel Taylor Swift to shake off their stress with a little bit of dancing…bless them.  Son thinks the pie’s not as good as his mum’s pie.

Dessert – grandma’s gingerbread with rum and raisin ice-cream.  Onto making the gingerbread, which is the only dessert recipe that BFF2 can cook.  Back at the table Mrs Fussy states that her and Mr Fussy’s jobs are the most stressful of anyone at the table…um you know there are two police officers sitting there near you don’t you???

Back at the table they’re all discussing how their dessert will be presented…but it’s not traditional gingerbread, it’s gingerbread cake.  With ice-cream that is kind of like soft serve…oh dear.  I think the Cougar will be ready to start clapping when she sees this dish.  Brother Dear says it is quaint.  Mrs Fussy thinks it looks like a very plain tea cake.  Pete is glad they did the gingerbread as a cake instead of a biscuit, but expected more ginger flavour in it.  Manu can’t taste the rum in the ice-cream…oh dear…BFF2 has to sit on the kitchen floor, poor love.  Brother Dear and Sister Dear love how soft the gingerbread is, the Cub meanwhile is “devo” that there’s no rum in the ice-cream.  The police think the ice-cream will pass a breathalyser test…god I love them.  Mrs Fussy is completely underwhelmed.

Scores

Gianni and Zana – 5

Anna and Jordan – 6

Mitch and Laura – 7

Cheryl and Matt – 4

Monique and Sarah – 4

They score 26/50 from the other teams.

Entrée – Pete scored them 6 and Manu scored them 7.

Main – Pete scored them 5 and Manu scored them 5.

Dessert – Manu scored them 5 and Pete scored them 5.

They got a total score of 59/110 meaning they beat Cougar and Cub, which is enough for them.  Next we’re off to Perth for Mum and Son.

MKR…The Cougar and her cub cook

So tonight we’re off to visit the Cougar and her cub for their instant restaurant.  Oh bless we start with Cougar in her fluffy dressing gown and the Cub still in bed.  Oh heck then we got into the kitchen and her dressing gown is open…talk about displaying a lot of cleavage!!

They hit the shops and bless them they love holding hands in the shops and then there’s a few sneaky pecks in Coles because chicken Caesar salad was the first thing the Cub ever cooked for the Cougar.  Now the Cougar tells us that the dessert was created to seduce men…oh heck, watch out all the males at the instant restaurant tonight.

They get home with just under three hours to go and no restaurant ready, mind you it’s called The Odd Couple, apparently because they’re weird, strange and funny and it’s a mix of the 60’s and 80’s…their decades of birth.  I’m not sure about the slinkies being stuck on the ceiling of the whoopy cushions on some of the chairs.  They start cooking with less than two hours to go…get a move on already.

Cougar starts making the ice-cream with her different and unusual list of ingredients…I so want to channel Kath and Kim voices right now.

Onto the chicken Caesar and marinated croutons, which is apparently the twist…righty-o, whatever you think guys.  The others arrive and Mr Fussy is scared, but the BFF’s are loving it, as is Sister Dear.  Brother Dear sees a Space Invaders game and wants to play it.  Then BFF 1 sits on the whoopy cushion and thankfully she gets a laugh out of it.  Son loves how much Cougar embraces being a cougar…oh bless him he’s too cute!!

Back in the kitchen the bacon’s all over the joint, some crispy, some soft…and both Cougar and Cub are happy with it because people will have choice.  No they won’t, they don’t get to pick which bacon they put on their plate.  Back at the table they’re talking about sexy codenames for each other and sexy winks…oh dear Cougar is running off on them.  Mrs Fussy can’t wink…oh honey I’m hearing you, neither can I.

Manu and Pete arrive and Manu’s gone a purplish velvet style suit with a bright pink tie, very fetching and matches Cougar’s dress perfectly.  The menu is printed on a record, oh bless them it looks rather good and fitting for the theme.  But then Cougar gives the story behind each dish, and amazingly everyone seems okay with that.

Back to the Caesar salad and time to get the chicken cooking.  Cub cooks it and thinks it’s cooked, but then Cougar cuts it in a different way and it’s still raw and she takes over, then toddles over in her white boots for a kiss.  Oh dear Mrs Fussy hasn’t ever had a Caesar salad as she’s never ordered one out before and lord let’s pray for individually washed lettuce leaves, or she’ll be having a moment.  Then the eggs are done and it’s time to plate and I didn’t see any washing of the lettuce and then they want to make the dishes look odd, so they’re none that are the same.  Mind you it’s that huge it looks bigger than a main course!!!  Hope they’re hungry.

Entrée – chicken Caesar salad.  Mr and Mrs Fussy weren’t happy with the presentation or the mountains of lettuce…I’m seeing that she won’t be overly happy.  Oh dear, Pete says he didn’t get any of the love or passion that Cougar described and then he doesn’t like the Caesar dressing or the bacon, or the croutons, or the chicken, or the lack of anchovies and he wouldn’t go back if he was served it at a restaurant…oh poor Cougar and Cub.  Manu wants more and he isn’t in love with Matt after eating the salad.  Mrs Fussy couldn’t touch the lettuce, bless her, oh no actually she couldn’t touch much of the dish at all.  Sister Dear meanwhile loved it, then Mrs Fussy goes on about her lettuce phobia to the rest of the table and there’s another weird face going on…honey you better pray to Mother Nature that the wind doesn’t change anytime soon!!!

Main – grilled swordfish with pea puree and tarragon sauce.  Back at the table the Police are singing Cher, while Cougar is making her tarragon sauce.  Then the carrots go in the over, not peeled…and yes I spied hairs on them.  Oh no, Mrs Fussy is going to really go off!!  Back at the table Mrs Fussy says a teacher in high school told her she would be a dictator, bless BFF 2 who asked which one from history she would be and she says she would be better than all of them…oh save me now!  Plating time…pea puree, fish, sauce, tarragon, carrots and it looks rather pretty.  Except it looks smaller than the salad serving did.

Now the preview for the next episode with the BFF’s and a warning that Mrs Fussy will be a harsher critic than Pete and Manu…oh I can’t wait until Sunday.  Oh deary, deary, deary Manu says the fish is so overcooked it’s like tinned tuna, and that’s just the start of it.  Pete had fish that was cooked perfectly though.  As for the pea puree well it wasn’t seasoned and Pete, bless him, couldn’t taste tarragon in the sauce.  Oh no, now Mrs Fussy has noticed the hair on her carrot, Mr Fussy meanwhile thinks it’s pretty funny.  BFF 2 mind you had a bit of sand on her carrot.  The Police had powdered fish…oh dear.

Dessert – chocolate seduction pudding with poached pears and cinnamon ice-cream.  Oh dear lord the dessert looks shocking in the pot, I’m not feeling any seduction so far.  Back at the table we learn that Mum was once a pageant girl in Miss Malta, oh bless her, I quite like her.  In the kitchen Cougar and Cub think the ice-cream and the pear are perfect…well that hasn’t helped them in the other courses.  They’re trying to plate and it’s looking like a disaster with caramel getting all over the glasses.  They put the chocolate caramel thing, then pear, then ice-cream, then a raspberry and I’m not sure other than the glasses look all smudgy and dirty and Mrs Fussy is honestly about to die, the poor thing is sweating over it.  Manu asks about the pudding recipe and he’s confused about the lack of chocolate, of course that happened because there’s no chocolate in it, there’s cacao powder.  Pete can’t find anything he likes…and the ice-cream isn’t an ice-cream and bless him it hasn’t melted.  Then Manu asks about the ice-cream recipe…bless the BFFs as they want to curl up and hide they feel for Cougar and Cub.  Even Mum isn’t liking the dessert, she wants chocolate.  The police want ice-cream.  Bless them the BFFs are not seduced, but feel like they’re eating Christmas pudding.  Mrs Fussy decides to be “dead set honest” and she’s overly frustrated…deal with it.

Scoring

Mitch and Laura – 4

Anna and Jordan – 3

Rosie and Paige – 3

Monique and Sarah – 4

Gianni and Zana – 3

They scored 17/50 from the other contestants.

Entrée – Manu scored them 4 and Pete scored them 3.

Main – Pete scored them 3 and Manu scored them 2.

Dessert – Manu scored them 1 and Pete scored them 1…oh poor things BFF 2 is having a teary for them.

They have a total score of 31/110 and then Pete asks how they’re feeling.  Ummmm I don’t even need to hear their response to know how they’re feeling.

MKR is back!!!

Well boys and girls after what seems like months and months of ads for the new season of MKR it is finally back tonight!!!  Mind you there has been the usual games of showing contestants from the 2nd teams on all the ads and not the 1st teams so much and I can’t wait to see who the new judge is.

Plus it’s on at the same time as I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!!  Then Farmer Wants A Wife starts tonight, thankfully I’m not overly keen on Australia’s Got Talent…so I’m watching MKR on the nights I’m home and recording it if I won’t be home or if I’m out at dinner.  Recording Farmer tonight, in case it starts before MKR ends and I caught up on I’m a Celeb from last night on the Apple TV this morning through the Ten Play app…because of course the Australian Open final was on and my new mate Novak won (more on him in a catch up post…)  Plus of course while I was in Melbourne on holidays I managed to catch the start of the newest season of The Bachelor US and I’ve had to watch it online since I got home…damn country life where you don’t get all the new Australian free to air tv channels, but ohhhh it is interesting!!

Oh dear we start the series with a quick flick of random bits that we’re going to see through the season, oh lord I’ve seen how many ads now.  I don’t need to see this, get on with the show properly, I want cooking and contestants!!  Plus the dramatic music is a killer!!

Thank you for welcoming the teams Manu, not introduce us to them please.  No, then we hear the prizes, $250,000…yes we know that.  Come on already!!

Finally Manu says we’re off to Sydney to Monique and Sarah’s place…and straight out we hear they’re police.  We’re off to Yellow Rock and we’re told again that they’re police officers.  Oh bless them they’re starting the day with coffee and pastries and of course one donut to share…so far I’m liking them.  Oh look, yet again we’re told they’re police, one works with youth and the other with domestic violence.  One is a mother of four and the other has a husband and her baby is her pug, oh bless her.  Honestly I’m not sure which is which yet.

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Oh look we’re off to the shops…thankfully they have the list ready.  Pete and Manu meanwhile are checking out the menu and they think it looks nice, but quite simple.  Oh dear, after the fruit and vegie shop and the fish shop they get to Coles and realise part of the shopping list has broken off and they’re stressing out!!!  Oh darlings settle…you wouldn’t believe it, the missing bit is on the floor at the entry to Coles.  Holy heck they took over 3½ hours to do their shopping!!!

Time to set up the restaurant and they’re theming it up with a police theme and it’s called Crime and Nourishment…oh dear lord!!!!  It comes complete with police motorbikes and police flashing lights.  Save me now!!

Preparation time…yay…they’re making their own pastry!  Plus the chips are cut to the same size, bless them.  But the pastry is stressing them out as it’s sinking a bit in the oven, and a few get chucked in the bin.

So they go to get dressed and the others all stroll down the road.  First impressions are rather interesting to say the least, especially Little Miss Fussy who goes to restaurants of a high standard and great décor.  The doorbell rings and the two police squeal, oh save me, I can’t deal with the squealing.  Oh dear Little Miss Fussy was expecting bogans behind the door, all because we’re in the mountains as she puts it.  Then of course they get a bit excited about the police theme, but they can’t all tell if they’re police or not…thankfully it is cleared up for them straight away before they go back to the kitchen and Little Miss Fussy isn’t enjoying the police themed décor, no of course he isn’t.  Back in the kitchen the poor girls are falling behind already, while the guests are serving their own drinks.  Oh dear now they’re fantasising about Manu, Monique tells us her heart belongs to her husband, but her sauce belongs to Manu and she’s all giggly, bless her!

Onto the couples…and I’m not great with names, so they won’t get called it often, just telling you now.  So we have Gianna and Zara…otherwise known as Little Miss Fussy, oh and they’re husband and wife who are lawyers who think $250,000 isn’t a lot for them as they’re lawyers who earn a lot.  He’s Italian and she’s from Montenegro.  (I have to change her name now…I mean she is married after all!)

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Rosie and Paige…are best friends from Adelaide.  One’s married with two kids and the other has a dog…or so they tell us, we don’t learn too much about them.

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Mitch and Laura…brother and sister from Victoria, he’s 20 and she’s 18 and they’re both at uni and she’s studying four languages.  They’re into sustainable eating and love the nose to tail style of eating…well they’ll have an interesting menu!

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Matt and Cheryl…from Brisbane and a few are confused about their relationship and a few think they’re mother and son.  Oh, but no, then we hear they’re dating.  She’s 50 and he’s 26 and she tells us that she’s maybe a cougar…just maybe honey???  Oh then in the clip she tells us she is a cougar and that the first time he cooked for her he got lucky…ummmmm too much information!!  Then we hear that after they started dating she became best friends with his mum.

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Anna and Jordan…mother and son.  She owns a post office and he’s a twin and they’re from WA.  She’s got four sons and he’s definitely very self-confident for want of a better term.  They literally have the hugest dining table in their house, which we see a few times during their video package.

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Pete and Manu pull up at the house all excited…prepare for more screaming and squealing…yep I was right and Monique’s ready to have a hot flush, she’s that excited!  Oh wait there’s more squealing to come when Pete and Manu get to the table.  Got to love that Crazy in Love is the music chosen for when Pete and Manu walk down to the table and dear little Laura is freaking out and in hysterics, complete with tears as Manu is sitting next to her, then he talks to her and she’s more hysterical…oh young people!

Menu time…oh they’ve used invisible ink for them…I love it, I’m guessing Mrs Fussy won’t be so excited.  Well the Cougar wasn’t expecting such a refined menu and the Cub (as it tells me on the screen every so often) expected donuts and Mrs Fussy isn’t overly impressed, she’s expecting it to be perfect as a tart isn’t an entrée.

Entrée – caramelised onion, roasted beetroot and goats’ cheese tart…oh course Pete is hoping they make their own pastry…based on past seasons they better, but it sounds delicious!!  Plating time…they’re using a wooden board with balsamic glaze squiggled over it.  In goes the onion, the beetroot, rocket, goats’ cheese and a bit of cherry tomato.  It looks okay if you ask me.  The BFFs think it looks really pretty and Mr and Mrs Fussy aren’t happy about the lack of goats’ cheese.  Just as Manu goes to talk we head to an ad break.  No surprises there.  Finally Manu talks, he thinks the ingredients worked well together and the presentation was gorgeous, he even said the pastry was beautiful, but it was hard to eat because the base was falling apart, but he’s very happy with it.  Pete thinks there’s a few faults, he would have tossed the beetroot in the glaze and the goats’ cheese was lost with all the rocket and the slightly bland beetroot but he’s happy to be sitting at their table.  Finally we get a bon appetite from Manu.  Strangely enough they’re all concerned about the goats’ cheese, while Mrs Fussy pulls it all apart and really doesn’t like the beetroot, let’s hope the wind doesn’t change with the face she made and bless her it didn’t suit her palate…she doesn’t like to waste calories on not great food…oh honey, honey, honey.

Main – crispy skin salmon with thrice cooked chips and lemon and dill sauce…this menu is sounding better by the second.  Onto cooking the salmon and the four frypans they’ve got on the hotplates.  Oh dear Monique’s got skin issues to start with, but manages.  Then she gets onto the chips, once the salmon are all cooked.  Son and Cub meanwhile are drooling over the thought of chips, whilst Mrs Fussy is stressing over a split sauce and non-challenging salmon.  Thankfully Manu asks her who the boss in the kitchen is and bless her the response is “Well who do you think Manu?”  Ummmm, let me think for a millisecond!

Crispy Skinned Salmon with Thrice Cooked Chips and Lemon & Dill Sauce

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The girls are cooking the chips and Manu strolls in and Monique is talking ten to the million about what she’s done to make the chips and Manu asks if it will be worth it, but Monique is like a giggly school girl, oh honey focus!!!  She’s a giggly, teary mess, focus on the chips already darling!!

Then we get a preview of tomorrow night before an ad break and it’s brother and sister cooking and it looks like Mrs Fussy won’t be enjoying it…ummmmm what are the odds?

Right back to the main.  The plate has sauce, then asparagus, then fish, then the chips are on top of the salmon and they decide on six chips per plate, but then they only give three…what the????  I would be complaining about the lack of chips!!!  The cougar is okay with the lack of chips and the massive piece of salmon though, the poor cub is not happy!  Well the skin is crispy when Pete and Manu cut it, but honestly 3 chips?????  Manu comments they need a boss in the kitchen as he didn’t see that.  Oh dear he’s not overly keen on the sauce as it’s not balanced.  Plus he’s not keen on the chips, even Pete comments on the dodgy ratio of massive fish and severe lack of chips.  Seems like everyone likes the salmon, son’s inhaling it as he thinks it’s perfection on a plate…and you wonder why there’s not many chips.  Mrs Fussy is hating the chips as they’re soggy, but Mr Fussy wants her chips, she says she’s known for her chips…oh honey I want to see you cook!

Dessert – sticky fig and date pudding with white chocolate and coconut rum sauce.  Onto cooking dessert, the pudding is in the oven and they’re making the sauce and the others are all in hysteric as the table.  Oh dear, they’re experimenting with the police year and the Cougar gets excited with Son puts on a police hat.  The BFFs are loving it, then Cub turns on the sirens on the motorbike, oh dear…it’s rather noisy and Mrs Fussy is just making a strange face.  Playing time…butterscotch sauce on the plate, then drops of white chocolate sauce, then there’s a bit of prettiness, on goes the pudding with the figs on top and out we go.  It looks rather pretty.  Mum loves the presentation, as does Cougar and Sister.  Holy heck Manu says there’s too much sauce!!!  What the???  Pete says the sauce is too sweet.  Oh dear Mrs Fussy’s face screws up again…good thing the wind hasn’t changed.  Mr Fussy thinks he can do better.

Sticky Fig & Date Pudding with White Chocolate & Coconut Rum Sauce

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Oh no…Famer Wants a Wife starts when I flick over during the ad break.  No surprises there, oh well I’ll catch up on it later…back to MKR.

Scores

Mitch and Laura…6

Rosie and Paige…6

Anna and Jordan…6

Matt and Cheryl…6

Gianna and Zara…6

So they get 30/50 from the other contestants and they’re happy with it.

Entrée – Pete gives them 7 and Manu gives them 7 as well.

Main – Manu gives them 5 and Pete gives them 6.

Dessert – Pete gives them 6 and Manu gives them 7.

They get a total score of 68/110.

Now as much as I want to turn straight to Farmer Wants a Wife…I’m kind of hungry and feel the need for dessert first…so it can wait a bit longer.

 

Well it’s been a while

Sorry blog world…it has been a while since I’ve been on here and it’s been a rather busy time with work leading up to Christmas and then holidays and now it is almost time to go back to work, only one day of holidays left.

But My Kitchen Rules is back tonight…in about 17 minutes in fact.  So just a quick post now to say I’m back and a couple of more post will appear tonight and tomorrow…about life in general and MKR and the holidays where I went to the filming of Masterchef!!!

My Kitchen Rules… #MKR semi-final 2

We’re up to the 2nd semi-final.  Eva and Debra up against Jac and Shaz and how I would love the country ladies to make it through to the final!

Oh and tonight is the first time that Jac and Shaz have cooked in a sudden death cook off…you know I hadn’t even thought of that, another reason why they should win.

Jac and Shaz

They start with Shaz making bread and then Jac gets on to curd and oddly enough it isn’t thickening, well honey that happens when you run out of water in your bottom pot on the double boiler, no steam going on.  Then Shaz gets onto the chicken livers and poor Jac isn’t keen on them, but she’s going with what Shaz likes, god bless her and both Pete and Manu think if they pull it off the dish will be great, apparently there’s a fine line between undercooked and overcooked with liver.  Oh look the bread is out of the oven, but the curd however hasn’t thickened up yet.

Entrée – sautéed chicken livers with caramelised onions and port …oh bless them they’re making bread that normally takes 90 minutes to make and yes they realise they have 90 minutes from start of cooking to serving.  Well I think it looks rather interesting and Guy checks out the livers first and he loves it.  Karen loves the bread that they made and Liz is also thrilled.  Colin thinks it is rustic, as well as elegant and clever.  Manu has nothing bad to say and Pete says it was sensational…such a range of great adjectives there.

Jac decides to start the curd again and leave Shaz to get onto the smoking of the duck.  All looks good, until they plate and the duck hasn’t rested long enough and some are dripping juices into the fennel puree.

Main – smoked duck with fennel puree and cranberry sauce.  Well I think it looks lovely on a dark plate with the light coloured puree.  Liz could smell the smoke as it came to the table and she loved the duck.  Karen wasn’t keen on the broccolini, Guy loves the whole thing.  Colin thought the dish was a tad beige and Manu thinks the cranberry sauce is like cranberry jam from a jar, no good for he who loves sauce.

Oh no, Jac and Shaz are running behind already.  Then poor Jac is trying to scoop out the sorbet and it’s crumbling, god bless Shaz as she gives Jac a bit of advice.  Into the pan goes the pineapple for their Queenslandy dessert, and amazingly the sorbet has settled enough to be scooped out.  Shaz is making a citrus caviar with finger limes and poor old Will is completely dumfounded, but of course Shaz won’t tell him what she’s doing.  Jac checks the curd and I’m guessing it didn’t work given the swear word and beep dropped when she took it out of the fridge, it’s set hard.  Shaz tries to rescue it.  Oh my goodness Shaz puts the bowl of sorbet into the oven to soften it, what the heck I hope that works.  They’re plating an Shaz asks if anything is cooking….um think for a second darl, suddenly they remember the curd with three minutes to go and Shaz thinks it tastes nice and doesn’t want to call it a curd, but puts it on the dessert.

Dessert – lime and coconut sorbet with pineapple and meringue.  Personally I think it all looks rather pretty on the plate.  Guy loves the meringue and the sorbet.  Karen loves the pineapple.  Poor old Colin isn’t keen on the curd, neither is Pete, but they think everything else is perfect.

Eva and Debra

The girls look like they’re having a really good start to their cooking with the chutney on and then Eva is onto the fishcakes, while Debra is trying to melt chocolate at the same time as beating the cream for the white chocolate mousse, but it looks a tad grainy, never mind she puts it straight into the fridge, even old mate Steve noticed that it was grainy and he’s how far away from her?  Oh dear, now they’ve suddenly realised that they haven’t marinated the pork belly and it is almost time to serve the entrée, whoops, that wasn’t really well planned, and they didn’t get it onto the stove, so they’re thinking about plan B…not the best start girls

Entrée – crumbed fish cakes with mango chutney.  Our mate Colin wrote the dish off before it came to the table, but in tasting it he was over the moon.  Manu was worried about the fish being overcooked and didn’t expect it to be so moist and Pete says it couldn’t have been improved, Guy suggests three fish cakes instead of two.

The girls get onto their pork vindaloo and they’re a bit worried as they’ve never cooked curry in a pressure cooker, oh well first time for everything.  Then Eva gets the rice on whilst cooking the sago and she says she’s not stressing, honey, honey, honey you know that won’t last.  The pressure cooker is done and they freak out because it is meant to be a dry curry but it has a lot of liquid in the pot, well I’m sorry girls but the pressure cooker doesn’t reduce the amount of liquid in the pot.  One minute to go and they’re only just putting the curry into bowls as it is still very liquidy.  Time is up and the girls aren’t happy.

Main – pork vindaloo with spicy eggplant and raita.  Karen thought the pork was cooked perfectly, but there’s something odd about it, Liz and Guy think the same.  Manu says normally a vindaloo blows your head off and it’s bland.  Pete thinks they rushed the curry because they spent too long on entrée.  Then Manu notices the roots on the end of the baby herbs, oh dear, that’s not a good sign.

Finally they check the mousse, strange that it has lumps, we knew that how long ago?  Seriously girls, you could have started it again straight up, but no you left it, now they’re not sure if they’ll serve it.  10 minutes to go and finally the tuille is in the oven, gee no rush there.  Then they try to get the mango puddings out of the mould, but they’re sticking.  The tuilles come out of the oven, but they’re not done, oh well they’re not in the name of the dish, forget about them girls.  Then they put sauce all over a plate when it comes out of the bottle in a messy way.  Now there’s smoke coming out of the oven and they haven’t noticed, but Manu has, as has Will and Steve.

Dessert – mango pudding with coconut sago.  Karen loves the savoury sago, but wants more mango and slightly more sugar in the pudding.  Colin isn’t overly impressed by the sago, but gets why it is there.  Guy enjoys the dish as does Manu.

Scores

Eva and Debra

Guy – 8

Liz – 8

Colin – 7

Karen – 7

Manu – 7

Pete – 7…44/60 for them

Jac and Shaz

Liz – 8

Karen – 8

Colin – 8

Guy – 9

Manu – 8

Pete – 8

So going through to the grand final against Will and Steve are…Jac and Shaz with 49/60!!!  Well done ladies!!!

My Kitchen Rules… #MKR finally the last instant restaurant…or at least I hope to dear god it is!!

Tonight we’re off to the Paris of the south…Melbourne for Ash and Camilla.  Oh they go shopping and oh dear lord Camilla says she wants two chooks…I’m in shock, she’s sounding a bit country like as opposed to posh and classy.  They even get to set up the instant restaurant at a leisurely pace…Drasko and Bianca should take lessons.  Oh dear, there’s no lemons and there a bit of swearing, Camilla honey you’ve taken great lessons on how not to be posh, I love it.  Heck she got a full box of lemons, how many does she need??  Camilla is back and makes some puff pastry, which is good as Manu is expecting home-made pastry.  But they don’t have any store-bought puff pastry as a bake up, oh well.  Poor Ash is cooking lobster but didn’t hear the time go off, oh well, let’s hope they’re okay, thankfully they are.  The others arrive and can you believe it Drasko says that it looks French, but poor Shaz is confused when Ash and Camilla start talking French to the others.

Ash tries to say what the restaurant means and then Camilla has to correct her and she drops a swear word, then she says they’re back to the kitchen and Pete reminds her to tell them what is on the menu and asks if she’s okay…nope the poor love is hungry and she can’t pronounce the dishes and Drasko is super excited.

Now Shaz is giving a vocabulary lesson to Drasko as the poor bugger hasn’t heard the word gammon before, as in proper silverware doesn’t have green material on the bottom, it’s gammon…gammon meaning lying or faking.  Got to love a good country vocabulary.

Entrée

Asparagus salad with 63 degree egg – Pete had this but thinks it was a bit disjointed on the plate and the asparagus wasn’t the star of the dish.  Steve loves the egg.

Scallop mousse with lobster sauce – well the scallop mousse looks great as it comes out of the mould and poor Ash is getting a tad teary over it, bless her.  Manu had this and thought it was simple, that is simply gorgeous and Ash is getting teary again.  Oh dear Drasko thinks the mousse lets the dish down and doesn’t taste nice in his mouth, mate we know you won’t like anything tonight.

Main – it all seems to be going well, that is until the plating of the coq au vin with pasta when the girls disagree on plating.  Naturally old mate Drasko straight up says that the pasta isn’t mixed through as the plate is put down then tells Steve that the consommé isn’t clear, but Steve thinks it is.  Then Bianca tells them to hold on and the poor girls are confused as they’re happy with how they’re going.

Coq Au Vin with Pasta – Manu had this, oh dear he’s not happy with the choice of cut with the chicken as in a restaurant you would only ever get the leg as the breast gets very dry and Bianca’s smiling up like the cat that ate the cream.  Strangely enough Manu would have enjoyed it a lot more if it was plated how Ash wanted to plate it.  Drasko can’t say a nice word about the dish, mate if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all.

Three cheese ravioli with game consommé – Pete had this and thought it looked gorgeous and has never had such a dish before.  One element was executed perfectly, Ash guesses the consommé, but he was referring to the pasta, the consommé needed more depth of flavour and poor love Camilla is annoyed.  Poor Shaz feels like she hasn’t had a main meal.

Dessert – Bianca’s going on about how Ash and Camilla wouldn’t have been able to make their own puff pastry due to lack of time, however the others all disagree.  Time to get the puff pastry out of the oven and Camilla thinks it looks amazing.

Gateau De Trois Laits – otherwise known as three milk cake.  Pete had this and he thought the cake was sensational, he enjoyed the chocolate soil, but didn’t think the delicious tasting lemon sorbet belonged on the plate.  Oh dear poor Drasko thinks that the cake is too sweet and the sorbet shouldn’t be on the plate and he just doesn’t get it, surprise, surprise.

Mille-feuille – Manu had this and straight off asks if the puff pastry was bought or home-made and asks if it was worth it, Camilla says home-made is always worth it and Manu agrees and sprouts of a list of adjectives about it.  But more than anything he loves that they have proved that making your own puff pastry is achievable on the show…go girls!

Oh look, no scores are given here, we’re off to Kitchen HQ for the huge result.

Scores

Well the guest teams have given them a combined score of 20…ummm right now I don’t know who scored them what, I will endeavour to find out.

Eva and Debra –

Drasko and Bianca –

Will and Steve –

Jac and Shaz –

Entrée

Manu – 9…so we’re on 29…they need to get to 52 to ensure they stay and Drasko and Bianca go home.

Pete – 7…they’re up to 36.

Main

Manu – 5…they’re now on 41.

Pete – 6…they’re now on 47.

Dessert

Pete – 6…sorry Drasko and Bianca, but the girls are now on 53.

Manu – 9

Total score 62/100…oh it is time to say goodbye to Drasko and Bianca.

The teams are ranked, semi-final 1 is Will and Steve verses Ash and Camilla and semi-final 2 is Jac and Shaz verses Eva and Debra.  Next episode is Will and Steve against Ash and Camilla and the winner is through to the final!!!

My Kitchen Rules… #MKR is back to the country…off to Mt Isa we go

Got to love another instant restaurant…this time off to Mt Isa for Jac and Shaz and an airport welcome by their family.  Then “have you got the keys darl, we’ve got to go, ay.”  Gee we’re back in the country and I like it.  Oh god love them cooking barra…barra is seriously amazing and barra from the Gulf of Carpentaria is second to Kimberleys barra in my humble opinion.  Guess what they get back quite quickly, well there aren’t a huge amount of shops in Mt Isa, more than in Country Town 2.0, but not as many as all the other teams can access.  Oh lord Will thinks he’s a proper Aussie now he’s in red dirt country…mate come out to Country Town 2.0, it makes Mt Isa look like a city.  Oh dear, they’re having pastry issues, that’s the problem with pastry and living in the heat…there’s always difficulties.  Oh dear poor Drasko isn’t coping with the heat and the humidity and he only just jumped out of the car.  Now Will is relating Crocodile Dundee to Mt Isa…oh heck this is going to be fun.  Drasko thinks it is the posh version of the outback…until they spy a beetle and a lot of the girls scream…seriously it’s a damn bug.

Oh dear…poor Will is in long pants, a thick shirt and a singlet and is somehow coping in the 40+ degree heat, as he thinks it is what Aussies do…mate we sit in air-conditioned comfort when it’s that hot.

Entrée – oh Drasko you’re killing me “surprise, surprise they look good”…oh so so annoying!!

Fried squid with chilli jam – Pete had this and says that they know what people like, it mightn’t be the flashest dish, but it tastes good.  Eva and Debra love the dish, especially the chilli jam.  But our old mate Drasko reckons it doesn’t have enough chilli and he wants more herbs, am I surprised???

Prawn and leek tart with basil pesto – Manu had this and thinks the pastry was perfect as were the prawns and the pesto.  Will loves the pastry.  Ash enjoyed it and is really impressed.

Main – now personally I would want the barra, but I wouldn’t be keen on the salad as oranges and I don’t agree with each other, but barra….mmmmm…I’m like Homer Simpson is with a donut when it comes to barra.  I love that everyone else is over Bianca and Drasko, especially Ash, oh look Drasko says that in hindsight they would have changed their menu.  Ash and Camilla start a Mary Poppins singalong, oh girls I adore you both.  Oh dear they have no idea if the roulade is ready, at least not until they cut them, I feel for them right now…then there’s a similar thing with the barra.  Girls why didn’t you make an extra one to check.  First cut of the chicken it looks good.

Sweet potato and chicken roulade with white wine jus – Manu had this and says a comment in French and poor Jac is confused.  But he says it is perfect and crispy and has a beautiful sauce, but he probably wouldn’t have put the vegies in the middle of the roulade, but he was happily surprised.  Will thinks it is fabulous, especially that the potatoes resemble the stacks in Mt Isa.  Guess what part of Drasko’s chicken was over-cooked and he wanted more acidity and less salt…shut up already!!

Macadamia crusted barramundi with beetroot and orange salad – Pete had this and said they’ve stepped it up a notch, the plating was sensational and the fish was cooked to perfection.

Dessert

Of course Ash and Camilla order the pears as they’re the only ones who were at this instant restaurant last time and they remember the failure that happened with the pears last time.  Oh love it, poor Eva and Debra struggle to say cherry short stack and keep saying sherry short stack.  Just when it is all going well Jac drops the coulis as she gets it out of the fridge…poor love.  They decide on a brush stroke of coulis then the soil, then the stack.  Personally I think both dishes look lovely.

Poached pears with cinnamon ice-cream and hazelnut crumb – Manu had this and thinks the pear was poached perfectly, the ice-cream was creamy, but he is missing flavour in the dish as there isn’t much spice in the pear and he can’t taste the cinnamon in the ice-cream.  Oh dear, Bianca thinks that the ice-cream tastes eggy.  Ash says it is a lot better than their last pear dish.

Cherry short stacks – Pete had this and questions if it is a dessert and is underwhelmed by the dish.  Camilla thinks it loks like a petit four and not a dessert.  Yay…Eva and Debra managed to say cherry short stack.

Scores

Drasko and Bianca – 6

Eva and Debra – 6

Will and Steve – 6

Ash and Camilla – 6

Entrée

Manu – 7

Pete – 8

Main

Pete – 8

Manu – 9….sorry Bianca and Drasko they’ve past you as they’re now on 56!!

Dessert

Manu – 5

Pete – 4

Total score 65/ 100 putting them 2nd on the leaderboard, next we’re off to the last instant restaurant and it will be either Drasko and Bianca who go home or Ash and Camilla and I know who I am cheering for!!

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