Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Utter and Complete Joy

You know, I could do a whole poke and prod about the last episode's Elimination Challenge, a thorough deconstruction of each contestant's dish, who won, who should have won, who lost and why they lost. But here's the thing. This particular segment of this episode was about joy. The Joy of Cooking With Carla. If you haven't figured it out yet, Carla loves to cook.


Actually Carla looks like she just - loves - LIFE! Frankly it's a welcome relief from the anger of Marcel, of the puffery of Mike, or the constant navel gazing of Blaise. Besides the Westminster Dog Show is on and I've got dogs to watch.

So the chefs go on the Jimmy Fallon show and pick from among many of Jimmy's favorite dishes by cell phone shoot out. Carla was hoping to get Chicken Pot Pie. Do you think her trigger finger is quick enough?


Oh yeah, let the Joy Explosion begin....


...just be careful when she starts whipping that hair around. So Carla draws Chicken Pot Pie and she is over the moon. Does the joy stop there?

Hella NO!

No disasters in the kitchen, Dale pisses and moans about not wanting to be anywhere near her, gets all her food out on time


(with a little help from Dale). Which always helps to get to the top three dishes.


Can I say for the record, I thought I was into chicken pot pie.....


...but this woman is into chicken pot pie on a cellular level. I bow down to the Master.

And the Beef Tongue Song?


BRILLIANT!! It's an amazing thing to make all the judges smile and clap at the same time.


The best thing about it was what came after.


Winning the challenge....

...getting to go on Jimmy Fallon's show...and...and.....


...winning a six day trip to Tokyo.

That, my friends, is the joyful face of someone who's had three Elimination wins and three travel prizes. Carla is the last of my original four favorites to take the whole thing. Can she last that long? She's only been in the bottom three once, there's four more episodes and the finale (probably with three finalists) to go. Can she hold on? Or is she peaking at just the right time? I have no idea I just know she's entertaining as hell to watch. GO CARLA GO!!

10 comments:

Big Shamu said...

GO SCOTTISH DEERHOUND!!!!

froggy said...

I looked at the recipe. It does look loverly and I'll try it someday.
Are you sure you got all the Carla Pictures??

Big Shamu said...

WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Big Shamu said...

THE DEERHOUND WINSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Big Shamu said...

To answer your question, Froggy, no. Left pictures on the desktop. Many pictures of happy dancing joy.

Dani said...

Jiggy loves the dog show!

Buzz Kill said...

I thought it was funny that after Carla got the pot pie in the cellphone shootout, she admitted she never made pot pie before. Bwahahaha

One of Jimmy Fallon's favorite dishes is beef tongue? Really?

And did you notice a more subdued Carla went back to the stew room after her win. I suspect because of the whole Marcel douchbag incident a few episodes back.

I keep wondering how her husband can keep up with her. Bwahahaha

Big Shamu said...

Buzz I think you misheard what Carla said about making pot pies. She said she had never made one in two hours. While it may be a meat pie it's still a pie with a crust that takes time and a filling that requires roast chicken. She's made pot pies, it's just that they take longer to make than two hours for that many.

I did notice but she had enough joy that it was ok. Stupid Marcel.

It sounds like Tom and Jimmy are well aquainted so perhaps Jimmy likes Tom's tongue....

MakingSpace said...

CARLAAAAA!!!!!!!

Best photochopping EVAH of my favorite TC grrrl evah. Awesome post!!!

chickory said...

damn i missed the hound class. will a rhodesian ridgeback ever win BOS? if the deerhound can, well, maybe.

Love Carla. would like to see her take TC. I love her happy dance. she reminds me a bit of SNoopy the dog (of Peanuts fame)