My Kitchen Rules – Urban Hippies Cook Urban Hippie Food
It was the start of the second group to present their home restaurants. It was Queensland couple Mal and Bec, who are described as urban hippies turn to cook.
What is an urban hippie? Are they people that call zucchinis courgettes? Wear skinny jeans and caps? Or do they care about the environment and against urban sprawl but then live in a house that could comfortably fit six? But what I do know is a good urban hippie will have a high end menu.
Stuffed courgette flowers with pumpkin puree and edible flowers for entree, their main was tea smoked duck with brussel sprouts and duck fat potato stack, and sherry soaked muscatels. Finally dessert was frangipani tart with berries.
Tonight we again have a punter who is using a technique that he has never done before, this time it was the tea smoked duck. Why? I don’t get it.
I felt sorry for Mel and Bec being caught in traffic and arriving home after the three hours of prep time had commence. But if they had been good urban hippies they would have been riding bicycles.
It was not long before the other five teams had arrived.
A quick generalisation about the other teams:
WA – This mother and daughter team are going for the most pretentious and precocious team yet.
SA – They are the nice newly married couple and I suspect “I wowed her with my lamb shanks” was a euphemism.
NSW – These guys appear to be blokes crossed with a tiny bit of metrosexuality. They appear disappointed there are no “birds” to crack onto.
Tas – The blonde one of this policing pair looks like she could have a touch of the Mel’s about her, I saw a few pursed lips.
Vic – This high achieving couple like to cook and watch AFL, I am still yet to find out how they got the title. Maybe in MKR land it is just holding down two professional jobs.
The entree did look lovely, and Pete thought the dish was pretty smart.
Mal was having a semi-disaster with the duck. He had to give up on the smoking of the duck and pan fry and put in the oven. That turned out to be a positive thing as Pete Evans did not want anymore flavour of the smoking.
Esther from Tassie, had issues with duck hunting because they were extinct in Tasmania. Also she revealed she dumped a guy because he was a duck hunter. What was he actually shooting if all the ducks are extinct?
Both Pete and Manu wanted a sauce with their duck.
However, the NSW boys, Bill and Alex thought the duck was delicious.
Holly, who has a weird way of holding her cutlery, thought her brussel sprouts were too hard, and she also wanted a sauce.
The teams had to wait an hour and a half for dessert. Now this is where filming would get boring, you are tired, you’re allotted alcohol allowance has run out, and conversation has petered out. Finally the tarts emerged, but they were not fabulous, some burnt, others undercooked. This pair just couldn’t manage to bring lift off to any of their dishes on the night.
WA gave them a 6, NSW gave a 7, SA gave a 7, Vic gave a 6 and Tas gave a 6 for a total of 32.
Manu scored the entree a 7, main a 7, and dessert a 5.
Pete scored the entree an 8, main a 6, and dessert a 6.
For a total of 71 which is respectable but not spectacular start to their group.