Ramshackle host Penny Timmis created a culinary first on Shropshire’s Come Dine With Me – when she made a blackcurrant fool using rhubarb.
The eccentric farmer-artist welcomed four guests into her home for a dinner party screened on Channel 4.
She forgot which fruit to put in her pudding: filling it with red sticks of rhubarb rather than small dark blackcurrants.
But hairs in the butter, rubbish in the lamb and dodgy desserts made for a livelier evening than Monday’s incident-free event at the home of zumba fitness instructor Zoe Bailey.
Zoe was in finer fettle for night two as she let her hair down – quite literally, after Monday’s bad hair day – and was unafraid to offer honest opinions.
She was visibly more relaxed than during her first evening and proved to have an acid tongue at times, criticising many aspects of her host’s evening.
She wound up Penny by pretending not to like her dessert – pretending not to like any of it.
Office worker Josh Sedgley upped the ante in the sartorial stakes, donning a dickie bow, while DJ Paul Shuttleworth looked like an extra from the banana splits in his yellow trousers.
Penny booked a dentist-turned-magician to entertain her hosts. The evening ended cordially and there were no fall-outs or disappointments as taxis whisked the guests to their homes.
Paul scored a six, light salesman Richard Mercer scored a nine, Zoe offered a seven and Josh rated her six. Her total of 28 was six points down on Zoe’s opening score of 34.
Tonight, from 5.30pm, LED salesman Richard Mercer cooks a paella for dinner before introducing a game of Guess the Gadget.