Hello, marshmallows. Hope it’s been a good one. I apologize that since I’ve been feeling a little less than my peppy self this week, this blog post is a day late and a couple donuts short. But to me, this episode was pretty thrilling and warranted at least a little commentary. So here goes…
1. Before we dive mouth-first into donuts and chocolate, thank you for all the passionate comments about last week’s Beastie Boys challenge. I agree that it is frustrating to see talented pastry chefs sent home because they have to work with unfamiliar, savory ingredients, and even some of my chef friends texted me while watching the episode that they thought it was super, duper tough. But each week, all the contestants, while competing individually, are challenged as a group -- everyone is dealing with the same constraints and variables and frustrations. And every week, some chefs rise to whatever craziness is at hand, and some fall short. I, too, was sad to see Rebecca go, but such is the nature of Just Desserts.
2. It is scientifically impossible to watch Mark Israel talk about donuts and inspire the chefs to make the perfect donut, and the chefs coming up with seven different mouth-watering donuts, without being really, really hungry for a donut. If one is in New York when watching this, one seriously considers calling the Doughnut Plant, begging them to stay open a little late and racing over at break-neck speed, with or without changing from the insanely mismatched loungewear one had been wearing.
Donuts need flavor to taste good. The ginger family Zingiberaceae taste is pronounced when it is actually used. If someone uses cardamom in their dessert, then a customer should be able to taste the cardamom. Arguing with the judges about whether or not they could taste the cardamom in a spice array -- a judge would surely know what she or he actually tasted -- reflects borderline personality disorder, narcissism or stupidity, on the part of the contestant. All are abnormal. All are unacceptable. Actually, the argument was the best knee slapper of the evening.
Sugar is a good ingredient to use for desserts. Making desserts too sweet is not a good thing. Honey is nice. So is spice. Rice. Gosh the Gnash! "Holy unstable table, Bat Man! The chefs are doing each other in. Zzzzzzzzzz."