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My Kitchen Rules – Well The Marriage Proposal Did Not Improve The Food

It was a bizzare night in Lisa and Stefano’s instant restaurant, Carnivale last night. They were cooking in a beautiful house, but the decorations of the room were the most unsophisticated yet. There were bottles of bubbles on the table and streamers hanging off the wall as Dan said it was like a kids birthday party, clearly Stefano was behind it.  This was no Venetian sophistication to be seen.

Ashlee after seeing it said “I was expecting to see a clown come out”. Well close but not quite, what she did get was Stefano proposing to Lisa before the first course.  What was the point of proposing on national TV? Stefano said in Adelaide Now that it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Would you really propose to someone who appears to be a bit of a control freak on TV as a surprise? Actually would you propose to anyone on TV ever?

She accepted, but did not seem that excited. She gave him her usual passionless peck kiss, and later on in her non-expressionless way said it had been a joyous day. In fact her expression did not really change when she was talking about the bad side of her day the very low score they achieved.

What was interesting tonight was that the other teams hinted that they knew Lisa and Stefano had been critical about their food around the table, so maybe the other teams did have an inkling about how low the scores they had been given by the South Australian team.

In theory their menu sounded nice however in practice it was another matter entirely. Entree was Mussels with Leek and Butter Sauce and almonds, were not what the diners envisioned. There was no steaming bowl of mussels but they were unshelled placed around a plate, all six of them with knobs of leek. Lisa had thought was was being artistic on the plate. It was very nouvelle cuisine plating and that is not a positive thing.

Pete Evans was more scathing about it than Manu and told them it was underseasoned but maybe he was miffed that they had left off the almonds.

Lisa talked back and said she did not use much salt so her palate was more sensitive to it. It is interesting that Pete Evans who can only be described as a health freak does not have an issue with copious amounts of salt, maybe that is the chef side of him. By the way if a nut company does not sign up Pete Evans they are crazy as he is not inextricably tied to that food product due to his “activated almonds” diet.

Even after the marriage proposal Lisa continued to treat him as a child. Telling him “I am feeling really stressed as I feel that I am doing this on my own again.”

As Ashlee said they were a weird couple as it was “mother/son type relationship”. People may not like these NSW girls, but really they are just saying what everyone is thinking.

Stefano was cooking the main of Rabbit Ragu with Risotto with a spring vegetable side salad. Manu came into the kitchen and questioned Stefano if he was actually making a ragu. Stefano got a bit uptight saying it was. He was using a different technique to the one that was on Masterchef last night.

It was like panfried rabbit pieces placed on dry risotto, now just maybe that is how they make it in his region of Italy but it was not what most people would expect. The Italian team from Victoria were gobsmacked when they saw it.

Manu said the flavours were good but said it was neither a ragu or a risotto.

Then it was Lisa’s dessert of Choc Chip Cookie, with Salted Peanut Semi-Freddo and Chocolate Sauce. Not sure why everyone was complaining about a cookie being served up as dessert, I have seen it a few times in restaurants, however as Manu said it needs to be soft.

Dan from Queensland was quite amusing when he was mimicking the sound of the spoon hitting the plate as they were trying to cut it.

Pete was particularly scathing with about the cookie saying it was hard and dry and he said semifreddo was like eating peanut butter.

Sophia took it one step further and said the semifreddo was like eating a slug. She also said it was such a waste of my stomach space.

Not surprisingly they were hammered by the other teams in scoring, so there was a bit of karma coming at them for the one points they had handed out previously. Lisa also said that in the third instant restaurant round the scores had gotten lower, and lower, she did not mention how she had also contributed to this.

Qld, Tas, and NSW gave a 3, Vic and  WA a 2 for a total of 13 out of 50. Is that the lowest score for a instant restaurant ever?

Pete Evans was more generous he  gave a five for entree, six for main, but for dessert he gave a one.

Manu gave a six for entree, five for main, and a two for dessert. The dessert must have been just about inedible.

This meant they only scored  38 which places them on the bottom of the leader board.  It will be interesting to see what she scores the NSW team tonight an automatic one?

My Kitchen Rules on SEVEN Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm.


1 brain dead dave { 02.27.13 at 3:09 pm }

If he can get that passionate and wound up over a cookie ~ imagine being marooned at the table next to Jesus as he rivetingly recounts the game of Mortal Kombat he played yesterday.

Little wonder there’s a five hour wait for food when Jesus can become endlessly fascinated by a dessert cookie.

2 Rachel @ Reality Chick { 02.27.13 at 3:10 pm }

I totally missed the proposal as I had a friend for dinner but I can imagine how it went. Seriously, does she ever crack a real, genuine smile or stop bossing him around? I weep for their married life together.
In their defense, I hate soupy risotto so while I knew they’d get caned for their version it’s far preferable to the sloppy version chefs seem to love.

3 Reality Raver { 02.27.13 at 3:11 pm }

Also WA team now into the MKR kitchen I wonder how they will go now they will be up literally against the clock.

4 A.P { 02.27.13 at 3:18 pm }

Stuffano should have proposed at the end of the dessert instead at the beginning of the meal so that they could concentrate on the cooking. Don’t think it would have made much difference.
Visa Lisa is quite delusional thinking her food is better than what it is and blaming strategic scoring.
Wonder what her kids think of the proposal, and was that their house as they had all their clothes in the wardrobes?
Can’t wait for tonight to see what Ashlee and Sophia do.

5 Georgie { 02.27.13 at 5:19 pm }

Obviously these little ‘fringe benefit’ story lines are a boon for MKR producers. I’m wondering what other life changing events they can capitalise on in the contestants lives? Maybe we can watch Sophia have her braces removed and be there for Jesus’ first haircut.

6 Daisy { 02.27.13 at 6:31 pm }

Thank Anna and nanaliz for the recipes and the link. I didn’t get tot try them today because it was for lunch and I had to hurry off. But I bought some more pink slamon and will try again tonight.

You might think that ‘s weird but you can smell lunch and Rolf will be asking, “Where’s mine”.

7 nanaliz { 02.27.13 at 6:41 pm }

That was great link Anna. Some yum recipes there. I like simple when just husband and I.

8 Daisy { 02.27.13 at 6:57 pm }

Yes they look light and fresh. Yum

9 Anna { 02.27.13 at 6:59 pm }

I have all of Neil’s cookbooks… they’re all fantastic! Everything works & tastes great… NOW just need to get them all signed lol

10 A.P { 02.27.13 at 7:49 pm }

Georgie@55, I would just love to see this lot on Big Brother, I reckon its perfect casting, a mixture of ages, race and personality clashes, a ratings hit!
At least it wouldn’t be boring.

11 Littlepetal { 02.27.13 at 8:15 pm }

Now babes, let’s be nice to the babes. Love all of you, babes.

12 Reality Raver { 02.27.13 at 8:22 pm }

AP – brilliant idea re: BB, a mix like this would he fabulous

13 drb123 { 02.27.13 at 8:22 pm }

Lisa has runaway bride eyes

This may be your best case scenario Stefano

14 Kate { 02.27.13 at 9:04 pm }

Lisa just wants to drag everyone to the bottom of the barrel with her. I really pity Stefano. Cougar doesn’t fit the bill, it’s more like an oedipus complex with him as the man-baby (only time I will ever agree with Sophia) and her the aging woman who is desperate.

I can’t understand why these two went on the show as they know nothing about cooking despite all their talk.

15 Littlepetal { 02.27.13 at 9:20 pm }

Don’t worry about Stefano. Some men like to be mothered. He may be enjoying the relationship.

16 A.P { 02.27.13 at 10:53 pm }

I counted around 54 “babes” from Ashlee and Sophia!
So annoying.

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