My Kitchen Rules – Candice and Lisa Mix Up New York With New Jersey
Candice and Lisa kept on saying they were New York, but really with all their lycra, leopard print and over the top eye shadow they are more New Jersey.
Lisa also thinks they are “hip and funky” Really? Was she being ironic? It is like their whole concept of New York comes from a Harold Robbins novel.
Even the other teams were amused at the description. Joanna who is hard to please thought the colours of neon green and purple were ’90’s. However Samuel from Tasmania thought it was more seventies. He must have got that from the age of the mannequins. Also if anyone can explain the concept of what the mannequins were and how they fitted into the New York there is a prize I don’t know what it is, but there will be one….
With the mirrored place mats there were rubick’s cubes. Jenna declared “I’ve never been able to do them”. Not surprising as the self taught cupcake artist does not seem all that sharp.
Their menu had many elements in all three courses. For entree they were serving Seafood Casserole with mussels, scallops, prawns, and Dhufish (is this jew fish in our politically correct times?), main was Pork with Pancetta Crackle, Vegetable Medley, Onion Puree, Brandy Jus and Cider shots. For dessert they cooked Pumpkin Pie with Toffee Cashews and Banana Cream.
When Pete and Manu read the menu they must have thought they were in for a long night and they were. The time issue was not helped by them starting their cooking prep half an hour late, and also being the entertainment for their guests as well.
There were no real disasters in their prep, but they just had to much to do.
They started off well with the casserole, they managed to get the fat off their chicken stock which at one stage looked like it was swimming in it. Maybe they should have used sponsors Campbell’s stock and then the judges would not have been able to criticise it.
However there was nothing to criticise as Pete said it is subtle, clean and a delightful dish.
The main was a disaster as for some reason they thought the rule was you had to put on the plate what you said was on the menu. So they served overcooked beetroot as they did not want the vegetable medley turned into a duo.
Pete called the main a tragedy.His pork was over done. As was Manu’s and Dan’s, but Luke’s was under done and Joanna just thought hers looked tacky. Because she thinks she is a class act.
The dessert of Pumpkin Pie took two hours to reach the table, maybe if they had not done the flamenco it would have only been an hour and a half! A healthy self-esteem is good but this pair seem to think they are creative and talented, maybe in Busselton they are but the reality is much different.
Luke from NSW said the performance was blowing his mind as they were getting a dinner and show, though he probably would have preferred to get his dessert earlier.
After the main they had to soften the pastry, blind bake it, make the filling, the Cashew toffees and banana cream.
In the end they under cooked the pastry in the rush to get it onto the table.
However health nut Pete was horrified they had put banana essence in the cream, “I think they make those essences out of chemicals!”. If Candice and Lisa were as hip as groovy as they said they were they would know Bondi hipsters only like chemicals if they can ingest it through their nose.
Joanna was having an issue with the real banana, saying she didn’t serve banana circles to her children. Of course she doesn’t she probably just peels it for them. She liked the dessert but was hoping the others did not.
The scores were pretty mediocre Vic a five, NSW a six, SA a six, Tas a six and Qld a four for a total of 27 out of 50.
For entree Pete gave them a nine, a three for main and said that was generous, and dessert was a three as well.
Manu gave them an eight for entree, a three for main, and dessert was a four. This gave them a total of 57 which places them on the bottom of the table. Expect to see them scoring low for the rest of the week.
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