Mountadriana Mac and Cheese

Canada’s Drag Race, Canada’s Drag Race 2, Main, Pasta, TV, TV Recap

Previously on Canada’s Drag Race the dolls fired up the oven to give one Miss Brooke Lynn Hytes the roasting of a lifetime. After winning the mini-challenge, Kendall was able to set the order and bravely put herself up front to open the show. And set the bar for the other girls. Which she ended up setting very, very high. Icesis too slayed the competition, but was having so much fun roasting anyone in sight, she ran out of time and was pulled off stage before getting to Brooke. As such, Kendall took out a very well-earned win before Gia and Kimora faced off in the weirdest lip sync of all time. Kimora was ready to go, so opted to follow Gia around the stage like a mosquito until the judges followed her wishes and banished her from the competition.

Backstage Pythia was already missing Kimora’s grandmotherly energy in the Werk Room, while Gia was just grateful to have been able to meet her and learn from a legend. But while they were disappointed, Icesis quickly reminded them, she will always be remembered after that lip sync. Whatever that was. The dolls then rejoiced at the fact they had made it to the top five of the season, with them marveling about how they have now all taken out a win. Since, you know, that means it is anyone’s game.

The next day Gia was busy manifesting the crown while Pythia was impressed by how different their styles are. Despite still wishing that she had won a sewing challenge along the way. Their kiki was interrupted by the arrival of Brooke and Traci who gagged the dolls with some Zoom calls from home, immediately bringing everyone to tears. Gia’s mum was cute and upbeat, Adriana’s husband is gorgeous, Kendall’s partner is a fucking babe, Icesis’ mother is the absolute sweetest and Pythia’s partner is just adorable. Even in an eye patch. And well, you know I sobbed through the entire damn thing.

With all that love out of the way, the queens learnt that for this week’s Maxi Challenge they would be returning to high school – thankfully, drag race style – as they would each be making-over a queer teen for a mother-daughter prom. More importantly though, Adriana just desperately wanted to have skin like the youths. Oh and they’d all have to make their child’s outfit from scratch, which obviously made Icesis thrilled, since she was very confident in her chances of getting her third victory.

As the current reigning winner, Kendall was allowed to allocate the kids with Kendall picking a mini-me Alex, giving sweet Ethan to Gia, the beautiful Friday to Adriana, the stunning Michaela to Icesis and leaving Clover for Pythia, given they look like kindred spirits. And ugh, I love that Kendall wanted the kids to have a good time and as such, didn’t go the shady route.

As they split up into their pairs, it became pretty clear how alike all the duos were. Pythia and her partner nerded out, Adriana and her teen were looking to sex it up while Icesis and her newest daughter just seemed to connect on the deepest level. Gia and Ethan meanwhile bonded over their beauty and I mean, every time we went back to Kendall and Alex, I wondered if they were actually related.

Traci dropped by for a walkthrough where we learnt that Gia’s daughter would be called Electric and stunning in some electric purple. Kendall’s daughter locked in the name of Stormi in honour of the Kimmy K wet look and the iconic child that rises and shines in Kendall’s family. Icesis’ new daughter is going to be rocking a simple, red gown while Pythia and her daughter will be giving a gender fuck runway. And not wanting to rest on her laurels, Pythia was also going to make an outfit for herself as well as Clover’s. While Adriana and Friday didn’t elaborate on their sexy theme, so that’s all there is to tell you.

The teens then dropped by the mainstage where Brooke Lynn was ready to give them a little runway training session. With the top five quickly learning everything they’ve been doing wrong this season. And well, let’s just say, the segment was the most Canadian thing that has ever happened, given it was sweet, kind and just so damn NICE.

Elimination Day arrived with everyone quickly splitting up to get prepped, as Pythia worried about pulling off the two outfits in time while Gia was busy teaching her child about make-up. We then learnt that Pythia and Adriana’s new daughters had created safe spaces in their schools to help the younger kids coming out while Icesis’ daughter broke down, talking about how alone she has felt growing up. Which obviously led Icesis to go full mumma mode, handing over all contact information and encouraging her to call whenever needed. She then shared that she had similar feelings growing up which led to her going down a really dark path, so she really wanted to make sure she was ok.

Oh and the kids all started to get shady to each other and ugh, it was just too cute.

On the runway Icesis and her daughter Ruby both looked stunning, despite not looking like they were going to the same event. Kendall and Stormi were vampy and hilarious, as Kendall gave her best Kris Jenner, momager moment. Adriana and Bella Donna were pretty in pink while Pythia and Apollo stole the show in matching, goth outfits complete with a sash for being the Prom Queer. Oh and then Gia and Electric were delightfully silly and looked gorgeous to boot.

The judges lived for how perfect Ruby Couture looked and while they thought Icesis looked great too, they didn’t understand the connective tissue in their story. Kendall and Stormi meanwhile received universal praise for their narrative, their family resemblance AND for looking so good, despite the dress being a bit basic. Like Icesis and Ruby before them, the judges loved Adriana and Bella Donna’s looks though they couldn’t make sense of the story. Or you know, Adriana dripping in sex toys. Pythia and Apollo’s looks and concept received universal praise, as Pythia broke down about how much this challenge – and doing well for Apollo – meant to her. Gia was praised for giving such a strong family resemblance and giving an entire short story on the runway.

Oh and then Brad told a horrible story about almost being gangbashed at prom and ugh, this episode has me feeling all the feels.

Backstage Kendall was worried that she could land in the bottom before all the teens opened up about how grateful they were to have had the experience they’ve had on the show. Pythia in turn thanked them for being vulnerable and wished that she had them as role models growing up. 

While Adriana quietly worried about potentially lip syncing for her life.

Ultimately Pythia took out a very well earned win while Gia and Kendall were sent to safety, leaving Icesis and Adriana to battle it out to survive. As soon as Mitsou’s Everybody Say Love started, both of the dolls came ready to fight. Icesis was giving fierce showgirl, hitting every letter while throwing in some comedy for good measure. Adriana was sexy and stunning as she danced around the floor and sold the hell out of the song. Sadly for her, Icesis just straight up refused to go home and gave it her all, saving herself and sending sweet Adriana out of the competition.

Before Adriana got to work with her toys, I quickly pulled her aside to congratulate her for such a fun run. While she didn’t make it to the end, this season really could come down to any of them and it feels like every cut is going to hurt. Which made her happy enough to sit down and smash a good old Mountadriana Mac and Cheese.

This mildly tweaked Nigella number is truly a mac for the ages. The inclusion of bacon is something I will always welcome, and when you add in the thyme, richness of the cream and the punch of gruyere, you have a mac that is truly with celebrating.

Enjoy!

Mountadriana Mac and Cheese
Serves: 6.

Ingredients
2 tsp kosher salt
2 potatoes, peeled and cut into a large dice
500g penne
2 tsp olive oil
350g streaky bacon, diced
2 shallots, peeled and sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1½ tsp dried thyme
100ml vermouth
300ml double cream 
½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
200g gruyère, grated
50g parmesan, grated

Method
Preheat the oven to 220°C.

Fill a large pot with water, the salt and potatoes, and bring to the boil. Once rollicking, leave to boil for a couple of minutes before adding the pasta. Cook, stirring infrequently, for a couple of minutes less than the packet instructions.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the bacon over medium heat, for five minutes or so, or until starting to crisp. Add the shallots, garlic and thyme and cook for a further minute. Add the vermouth, cream and nutmeg and stir to combine. Remove from the heat.

Drain the potato and pasta, saving a cup of the cooking liquid, and return to the pot. Stir through the creamy, bacon mixture until well combined. Stir through the cooking liquid and half the gruyère and all the parmesan. Transfer to a baking dish, sprinkle with the remaining cheese and pop it in the oven to bake for twenty minutes.

Once golden and bubbling, remove from the oven to rest for five minutes or so before serving. And devouring greedily.


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