My Kitchen Rules – Mel and James Struggle To Shine
I don’t get how the people’s choice can be fair. At best tonight people would have tasted two plates maximum.
The challenge was for the teams to cook food for a picnic, and one dish had to be a salad. They had to make twenty portions of each, so by the time it was on the plate it was a fairly big serves, and I doubt anyone would get to eat more then two.
So all you have to do is actually have a better dish than the other plate they tasted to get the peoples choice.
Some of the teams stretched themselves, like Sammy and Bella, and Kel and Ash. Whilst others went for a more basic menu. The strategy for some is to not go for the popular vote but just please the judges enough to stay out of the elimination challenge.
Mel and James went the more simple route. They glazed ham, made potato salad, and cheese muffins. The salad looked pretty dull there was nothing but potatoes and mayonnaise in it, ok the mayonnaise was home made. Mel was not happy with the criticism, and felt she had fulfilled the brief of making tasty picnic food. I also loved the way she bagged out some of the other teams food saying it wasn’t what you would take on a picnic, like Kel and Ash’s stuffed squid.
The same couldn’t be said for the pesto sauce in Stefania and Daniela’s pasta salad. I agree with Manu they should have had time to make their own. It is not that difficult. It was the key ingredient and it came out of a jar.
Ann-Maree and Nick continued to be like War of The Roses in the kitchen. No wonder their marriage has been strained by the show, you can see it disintergrating each episode. Tonight it was about the shredding and amount of salmon in their patties, and running out of time.
I was surprised that cold fish cakes would make decent picnic food, but Pete Evans thought they were surprisingly good.
The polish girls were going out there with Mackerel Eschebeche. They were never going to win the popular vote. Mackerel is a pretty potent fish, and then topping it with some sort of pickling juice. It was a bold manoeuvre and it paid off Pete said “it blew us away”. Hell I’ll take the recipe to that.
Kel and Ash did stuffed squid with rice, which did not carry well, also Esther and Ali’s chicken legs were tasteless.
Kane and Lee’s plate looked delicious with the Vietnamese prawn roll, chicken wings, and salad. I was surprised they didn’t win the people’s choice award.
However Bill and Alex managed to win it with lamb cutlets, stuffed capsicum with couscous salad, and a feta and pea salad. Pete said “the lamb was perfect”. Alex again proved he was the alpha cook in that team.