My Kitchen Rules – Like Lambs To Slaughter?
Am I the only person that did not know that Meg was 34 years old? I thought she was a pretty foxy forty year old. Maybe this is because her partner Simon is 47 years old and I had just wrongly presumed a few things. It reminds me of an episode in Sex and The City where Candice Bergen has a slash at Sarah Jessica Parker saying “you younger girls are taking the guys that are my age so there is none for us or 50 year old women have to date 65 year old men.” This is a phenomenon not just seen in New York but it is apparent in Sydney as well.
It was Helen and Steve against Meg and Simon. The show was billing it as the Kiwi’s versus the Aussies and to be honest the hyperbole was irritating as for some reason are Steve jokes.
Both menus looked good, with Meg and Simon making Salmon and Prawn Roulade, Crusted Lamb with a Pomegranate Salad, and Cherry and Chocolate Cake for dessert.
Steve and Helen were making Black Ink Cuttle fish with a Fennel Salad, Rabbit Stifado, and Orange Cake Trifle for Dessert.
Stress was not making Simon think clearly as he tasted raw prawns in his mousse, and then he used the mousse more as a butter then as a stuffing. Also when time was running out and the dish was not cooked he started searing the roulade in tin foil in a fry pan. This resulted in the salmon being overcooked and dry. Maybe he should have microwaved it as that does cook things from the inside out.
Liz Egan thought it needed more sauce and Guy Grossi could not taste the mousse.
Conversely the judges loved the cuttle fish, Pete loved the texture and flavour.
However Steve was doing freestyle with the main which was not a positive thing. He said he did not measure ingredients and he looked like he was putting a lot of cinnamon in. However Manu’s criticism was there were not enough spices in there to make a strong stew. He had also overcooked it, and quite rightly had not told his sister so she would not freak out.
Simon put the best spin on things when he cut open his pan fried lamb. “The lamb is rarer then I would like,” he said. It was raw. However lucky for him once it was under the grill it ended up getting cooked properly.
The judges liked the lamb but panned the Pomegranate Salad, they thought it was too confusing with the peas in there.
Steve and Helen’s Orange Cake Trifle was loved by the judges, however Liz did say she would have liked the custard not to be so warm. They really need to have a blast chiller for the contestants.
However Meg’s Chocolate Cherry Cake also looked fabulous. However it was surprising they did not get criticised for leaving the pips in the cherries. The judges always like a good “I nearly chipped my tooth on a stone” story.
Pete said Meg’s dessert was the highlight of their menu.
All the guest judges gave Simon and Meg a six. Manu gave a six and Pete gave a seven, for a total of 37 out of 60.
Karen gave Steve and Helen a six, Liz scored a six, Tobie gave a seven, and Guy gave a six. Manu scored a six and Pete gave a score of seven which meant the NSW team won by one point. There were tears all round, but not as many as there will be tonight when they see Pete and Gary walk back in to be part of a jury made up of former contestants.