With the mass genocide of butterflies over and the janitors finished sweeping their corpses off the stage and Kameron’s crotch, the show went on and Ru announced that Aquaria and Eureka would battle it out to Janet Jackson’s If.
Aquaria dropped her goon-sack look straight up to reveal a skin coloured spike number while Eureka channelled Roxxxy and did a wig reveal before high kicking around stage and revealing not one by two outfits while Aquaria owned the stage. By the time it came to Eureka watersprinkler-ing the ground with her koock and Aquaria writhing between Eureka limbs, it was near impossible to figure out who won. For both Ru and me it seems, as Ru sent them both to the final. Turns out Aquaria didn’t avoid getting saved.
As the queens went backstage to prepare for their final lip sync, Ru brought Nina Flowers and Valentina – via satellite – to the stage to announce this year’s Miss Congeniality. Unlike previous years the online votes were hacked slash rigged – Russia, obvi – and Ru handed the voting rights to the season 10 queens, which TBH feels right. Particularly when someone as delightful as Monét snatches the title.
Sasha arrived dressed like the love child of an alien and Eve in the garden of Eden – in a good way – which means but one thing – the final lip sync has finally arrived. Aquaria, Eureka and Kameron arrived on stage to learn they’d be lip syncing to Bang Bang by Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj.
Aquaria kicked things off with fireworks coming from her gloves and owned the stage from that moment on. Well until all three landed the splits at the exact same moment. Eureka was doing her usual moves but somehow felt flat and Kameron threw herself around the stage like she usually does while Aquaria dominated them both with killer moves, hitting every lyric and shooting off multiple confetti cannons.
As such Aquaria was handed her well deserved crown and proved two things without a doubt, any hole is a goal and the Haus of Needles is a force to be reckoned with. And Eureka followed in fellow O’Haras, Asia and Phi Phi’s footsteps – aka the O’Hara curse – to become a runner-up. Thankfully she wasn’t too cut up when she found herself backstage, thrilled that she had the opportunity to come back and slay the competition after her knee injury. And given the way she frequently smashed those knees into the ground this season, I’m still shocked it didn’t happen again. Which I obviously didn’t tell her as we sat down to share some Eurekataifi O’Haracels in honour of a job well done!
Creamy and rich chicken, wrapped in the flakiest of flaky kataifi, these little babies are the perfect little partyh treat. Mainly because they’re deceptively filling and hella moreish, so you gorge without anyone really picking up on how crazy you’ve gone.
6 rashers streaky bacon, diced
1 onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
500g chicken mince
250g button mushrooms, finely sliced
¼ cup sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp seeded mustard
2 cups chicken stock
½ cup thickened cream
3 sprigs thyme, leaves picked
¼ cup parsley, roughly chopped
salt and pepper, to taste|
300g kataifi, or finely shredded filo
150g butter, melted
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Place a large skillet over medium heat and cook the bacon for five minutes or so, or until starting to crisp and the fat is rendered. Add the onion and garlic and cook for a further couple of minutes, before adding the chicken mince and cooking, breaking up with the wooden spoon, until browned. Add the mushrooms and sundried tomatoes and cook for a couple of minutes.
Sprinkle the flour over the pan and cook until the flouriness has gone and it is instead more paste-like. Add the mustard, stock and cream and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for fifteen minutes or so, or until thickened. Remove from heat, add the herbs and a good whack of salt and pepper. Less so of salt.
To assemble, break up the kataifi and brush with half the melted butter. Divide into 24 rectangular piles. Place a dollop of mixture in the middle of each and pull the edges in to enclose and transfer to a lined baking sheet. Once they’re all assembled, brush with the remaining butter and transfer to the oven to bake for twenty minutes, or until golden and crisp.