Knorr Taste Quest 2, episode 9: Naija with a twist

For the first time in my life, I killed live snails, phew! We were to use the ingredients which were basically Nigerian to make something exotic in taste, creativity and presentation.

Brief:

In fifty minutes we were to use the ingredients to make a starter and a main making sure that one of the proteins featured in each course. We were given a total of eight ingredients.

Compulsory ingredients:

  • Live snails
  • Lamb rack
  • Carrot
  • Lettuce
  • Green pepper
  • Plantain
  • Atarodo
  • Yam

Results:

Bode won and his menu was as follows:

Starter: Deep fried crisp snail in béchamel sauce with pepper sauce and fried plantain.

Entrée: Lamb soup made with Velouté sauce and vegetables served with dundun (fried yam) topped with black pepper.

The judges liked the Velouté sauce but didn’t like the lamb that was in it as it was awkward to eat a lamb chop with a fork and knife in a soup bowl.

On the other hand Charles was chopped because he was on probation from last week and still fell at the bottom. They felt his snail was too hard and his fried yam wasn’t well cooked, it was rather boiled.

I made:

Starter: a snail-dodo on a bed of lettuce.

Entrée: pan-fried lamb chops with plantain and yam puree and red and green bell pepper coulis.

 

Doom and Moses even though they were commended for cooking their lamb excellently, did not complete their courses.

Lessons learnt:

  • You can kill a live snail by hitting a cylindrical knife file to break the shell. You then clean off the slime with lemon juice, vinegar, salt or garri. After rinsing properly you season and boil briefly. Discard the stock to remove more slime then you can then sauté the snail in sauce.
  • My puree and coulis were poorly unseasoned. Don’t underestimate the power of salt or stock cubes (in this case knorr cubes).
  • My lamb chops were overcooked. In the event this happens, meat should be accompanied by a sauce to moisten it.
  • Purees should be smooth and homogenous.
  • My snail dodo should have been cut smaller, better seasoned and had more sauce to bind it. Also the lettuce should have been chopped and incorporated.
  • Good presentation gives you an edge.
  • Doom and Moses’s lamb chops were cooked to perfection, very juicy and medium rare. Doom’s trick was cutting her steak double instead of single for juiciness.
  • Chinelo’s béchamel sauce with wine was nice.

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Chinelo and Bode awaiting the Judges' verdict

Chinelo and Bode awaiting the Judges’ verdict

 

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from left to right: Ojo, Dixon, Bode, Chinelo, Doom, Charles, Nwando

From L to R: Bode, Ojo, Popoola, Dixon, Moses

From L to R: Bode, Ojo, Popoola, Dixon, Moses

Charles and Dixon awaiting judgement

Charles and Dixon awaiting judgement

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