MasterChef – Tues, July 4

The winning contestants from the invention test and the Kappo challenge now have a chance to fight it out for immunity in view of Mount Fuji at the Obuchi Tea Plantation.

Hmm, lemme guess: They have to make a dish using tea? Fire up the smoking guns!



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Dirty Street Pie

Noooo, too much ice cream!

Liberty

Well, I hope Karlie doesn’t get a 2nd pin. Hoping Sarah takes it out.

Littlepetal

More ice creams!!!!

Liberty

No plastic dome molds?

Liberty

Spoke too soon. Thanks Ben 🙂

Smythe

Shame on Ben….not just another ice cream but also dome molds.:-(

maz

Ice cream and apple pie! Best season eva.

Liberty

Soy milk ice cream… YUCK I’ve yet to taste a decent one. For non dairy, coconut milk ice cream is much better, IMO
If anyone is interested:
Spring Weather in Japan. In March, Tokyo’s spring weather is an average of 13 degrees during the afternoon, and 5 degrees Celsius during the morning and evening. In April, the afternoon temperatures reach an average of 18.5 degrees, while temperatures in the morning and night are around 10.5 degrees Celsius.

Littlepetal

The weather is like Syd winter weather last week!!! It was freezing cold

Carole Morrissey

Interesting, no wonder they all look so cold.

Smythe

Did she just use soy milk or did she also add cream? I thought I heard her say there was cream but that doesn’t make sense. If that was the case she should have just made regular ice cream. However, why did she even make ice cream. I am so tired of all the ice cream this season. Ice cream makers (both the machines and the humans) need to be eliminated.

brain dead dave

Now I get why Gary said the amatas were creative “early in the competition”…….they’re showing nothing now.

It’s a miracle if and when an amata gets the dreaded ice cream to set.

Liberty

Most “extraordinary” season eva!
Guess they didn’t say if it was extraordinarily good or extraordinarily bad.
I’m over ice cream, big time.

maz

Tamara is pontificating on how hard it is to be on the sidelines.

Can it be a pie(deconstructed or otherwise) without pastry?

brain dead dave

I feel gutted for Tamara not being able to be the centre of attention tonight.

Carole Morrissey

She’s probably thinking it should have been me.

brain dead dave

Sarah says: “We’ve all had our shining moments”…….if only your teeth could talk.

Littlepetal

I cant see how Karlie dish is pretty. There seems to favouritism towards Katlie lately

Littlepetal

So silly. All 3 should cook for the immunity pin.

Liberty

Yep, ridiculous.

Littlepetal

Another pork belly from Sarah.

maz

What? No tea ice cream?
Sarah will win this. Pork belly and tea. Game over.

Liberty

I don’t think so. Unfortunately I think Karlie will get 2nd pin.

maz

If she does win, she will need to sleep with one eye open in the house.

Smythe

Wasn’t it shocking that neither of them made a tea ice cream!

brain dead dave

Pork belly ice cream. Think outside the square, amatas.

Liberty

Bak kut teh – Not a fan of that dish while it’s cooking. Tastes ok though, but really just a one-pot-wonder. What are those dough things you serve with it?

Littlepetal

Just a fried dough. The other day I wanted to buy some for Bak Kut Teh and the shop only have frozen one. When I checked the label, they came from China. Horrible.

Liberty

My partner used to eat it every time he went to Malaysia on business. I’d be sent on a shopping trip to find all the ingredients so he could cook it. I remember the dough things were hard to find. Used to get them at the shopping centre next to Chatswood Chase where the lower ground supermarket is.

Littlepetal

Now I just use packet spices.

If you want to make the fried dough, here is the recipe

http://www.chinasichuanfood.com/youtiao-chinese-oil-stick-chinese-cruller/

maz

Not learning much about Japanese cuisine. They could have spent the week in Daiso…rather than Japan.

Liberty

Would you like some dried mango with that?

maz

Lol.

Littlepetal

Shouldnt they be asked to cook Japanese while in Japan?

maz

Fuji apples are so exotic though…

brain dead dave

Not convinced they’re in Japan. It looks like the Adelaide Hills. Lots of apples there. Freezing.

Littlepetal

Too much Sarah.. I think Sarah got the pin

Liberty

I don’t think so. 🙁 Hope I’m wrong.

Stacey

I’m hoping Sarah wins, there is something about Karlie that is so unlikebly (?) robotic.

Littlepetal

I think Sarah’s has more tea flavours than Karlie ‘s dish

maz

Seriously!!!!!!!!!!! It now comes down to emotion. WTF?
Watch the tears flow now….

Liberty

OMG – so VERY pleased to be wrong! Time to watch Love Child now. I was really convinced that they were going to give Karlie a second pin. HAPPY

Littlepetal

So sad to read that Valli Little has passed away

Brussellsprout

Oh no. I have some of her books too. That’s sad.

lulu

Are they actually in Japan or is that a green screen behind them? So far, there’s nothing very ‘Japanesey’ about this week. Even last night’s chef looked completely disinterested, and his ‘interpreter’ was reading from pre-prepared notes below.

Karlie always takes the safe option, pretends to worry, but caramelises everything, plates up nicely and gets away with it. Apple pie, really?
The mad monk always cooks Asian, constantly channeling her mum and utilises hyperbole and bizarre behaviour, to her advantage.

I forgave Ben’s ice cream yesterday, but if he does it again, I shall have to review my infatuation.
And what’s with George? He looked like a Scottish Jihadist with that tartan blanket draped around his neck.

maz

Yes-it was really uncomfortable with the chef and interpreter. Very odd.

Smythe

At least they could have fed the interpreter.

Smythe

But it was Japanese style apple pie….LOL.

Von

The judges are really annoying me this week, much more so than usual. They should save their comments and critiques until they are tasting the dishes. Round one, uhhnn Ben, have a plan B; Karlie, your ice cream is too icy; Sarah (before tasting), we’re concerned your fruit taste is too dominant. Come on! Shut the hell up, let them sink or swim at this stage of the competition. Good for all of them for sticking with their planned dish, especially Sarah for telling them she thought hers was balanced and she was happy with the flavours.And the results? Karlie’s too-icy ice cream beats Ben’s too-hard ice cream. Nope. I’m too pissed off to watch the rest.

Smythe

Sarah should have just been given the pin without going to another round just because she didn’t make ice cream.

Carole Morrissey

Ahhhh, more fucking ice cream. It’s freezing over there, how could anyone want to eat ice cream? Brrrrr
Don’t think I’d like poached chicken. It looks a bit bland to me. I like my chicken fried. But the judges raved about it.

Brussellsprout

Decided I couldn’t put myself through Masterchef tonight. Doesn’t look like I’ve missed much.
Sorry to hear that Ben is on thin ice (cream). I thought he was better than that.

Smythe

Would have liked to have known what kinds of teas they had to choose from. Stooges have tea samples on a plate and don’t even identify what they are.
Fast forwarded through this episode. Was excited that they were going to Japan but it’s been very boring.
I expect we will see many more ice creams before the end of this season.

Brussellsprout

Many,many, many more ice creams. Sadly. With crispy pork too no doubt.
I thought Japan week would be great and I was ready to watch again. But disappointed by day two…it’s a paint by numbers series.

Smythe

In honor of this best eva season of MC, today I’m going to have French toast ice cream for breakfast, an ice cream salad for lunch (kale, silverbeet, carrots and whatever else I can throw in there using a soy milk base) and pizza ice cream for dinner.

Smythe

More ice cream

Littlepetal

Since it is so cold, shoudnt they serve warm desserts?

Carole Morrissey

I know, I can’t eat ice cream in cold weather & I live in Qld where it’s not that cold.

brussellsprout

The problem with that idea is that they can’t actually cook LP. So anything you can’t put in churner is out.

Remember these are the best ever amatas who needed to be shown how to make self-saucing pudding – which was nearly the first recipe I taught my son when he was 5 year old as it is practically foolproof!

Carole Morrissey

I couldn’t believe some of them didn’t appear to have ever seen a self saucing pudding. It was a staple of my life growing up. Mum made them all the time in winter.

Fijane

The challenges are not long enough for most puddings. Puddings are lots of work to start, then lots of time in the oven/steamer while the cook goes off and watches Tv or reads or folds the washing.
And usually, a pudding does not have five elements to plate up, to make the plate look pretty. They are just a really, really yummy blob in a bowl.

Lola

I’m bored by this years Masterchef. Haven’t watched any episodes for over a week.
Poldark was great on Sunday and started watching Unforgotten, a crime drama series on ABC . Excellent. Plus the odd episode of Father Brown.

Fijane

I was so disappointed by Poldark. It is slowly being ruined, and I am becoming heartbroken.

Smythe

I’m still enjoying Poldark but I would like somebody to remove George ASAP.

Jayblossom

I’ve been watching Unforgotten also, really liking it now that I’ve got the characters straight.

Littlepetal

They should set some theme for them to cook. Since they are in Japan, what about a ramen challenge or a bento box challenge?
Please showcase Japanese cuisines, not some silly fusion food.

Liberty

They would have to use common sense. hmmmm

I think tonight is a street food challenge, so hopefully we’ll see actual food rather than ice cream.

Geralt

So more ice cream and Sarah cooking pork again. This is getting boring. Looks like any one has a chance to take this out, can’t see a clear favourite amongst them.

Sara

I dont fancy anyone in particular for a win. Don’t like Sarah or Ben and karlie im not sure about although she can cook.. trying to visualise one of them on the front of a cookbook but can’t – although there isn’t going to be a book!

Liberty

I’ve been a fan of Ben and Sarah for about a month now. Ben’s looks will get him a TV gig, no problem. He can cook, too! I think Sarah is super enthusiastic but most importantly seems to have a decent palate.
Sarah works at PWC
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-tiong-5b66b292/?ppe=1

The others:

Diana – Definitely my next favourite. Seems a bit stern (nervous?) or just very serious. Couldn’t believe it when she stuffed up her Heston time.
Tamara, (with the rest of Australia) I find annoying. I still think she’s the “canary in the coal mine” of 2017
Eloise – I think she is getting better (still annoying but at least she doesn’t mention her whiskey bar in every episode anymore) but would be stunned if she won.
Arum – Just can’t warm to him. He’s seems so insecure about his cooking and always gives the impression that he’s out of his depth.
Callan – Too immature and can’t think on his feet. In love with molecular gastronomy without understanding the basics.
Karlie and Eliza – Interchangeable? i don’t mind either of them. Eliza has that annoying Princess Diana (mona lisa?) smile

maz

We did wonder about Sarah. The PWC connection explains her corporate demeanor.