Press the button and begin again…Welcome to Big Brother 14!

America’s Vote… Big Brother’s way of game manipulation

Going into Thursday nights live eviction show, it had been a 1 in 7 chance for the house-guests to win a half a million dollars.  Now its back to a mere 1 in 12 shot at the coveted prize.  How did this all happen in 15 minutes into the live show?  It is Big Brother and expect the unexpected is the key to the game.

During the live show and because of America’s vote, the coach’s were given the choice to get back in the game or remain coaches.  If any one coach depressed the plunger the scheduled eviction of either Frank or Joe would be cancelled, and the game re-set and all 12 house guests would become equal players.

All the coach’s accepted except for Boogie, and the eviction was cancelled.  This means a total re-set back to 12 players, and a new start to the Big Brother 14 season.

Because of the oddity of the twist, all house guests were allowed to compete in the “Walk the Plank” competition for HOH, which was an endurance contest in which each house guest perched on a plank on the BB ship and moves and water is dumped on them and they are occasionally splattered with seagull droppings.

The house guests compete in HOH for control over who is nominated for eviction.

Right before the competition started Dan told Boogie that without the twist Frank would have gone home. This is shocking news for Boogie because it is known to him that certain people (Wil and Danielle) have been lying to him for the last week. A win for Boogie is huge if he wants to stay in the house.

Standing on a small wooden plank while holding onto a metal bar, it seems obvious that this competition is geared toward smaller petite individuals. It was at about 1 hour that people started falling (maybe jumping) off.  The First was Boogie, followed by Jenn and Joe around the 70 minute mark. Ashley fell off 40 minutes later, followed by Dan.

Shane, Wil, Janelle, Brittany, Ian, Danielle and Frank still hung on and were giving their all to win HOH.  It is really everyone vs. Frank because a Frank win means a Boogie win. Frank falls off and everyone seems relieved.  Wil and Shane decide to jump off together (although Shane hesitated just slightly at 3!) leaving Janelle, Brittany, Ian and Danielle left in the competition.

The final 3 are Ian, Danielle and Brittany with Danielle appearing rock solid.  Ian starts to make a deal with Danielle and this upsets Dan. Dan puts on his coaching hat and gives a great motivational speech to his solo player, Danielle.  Boogie and Frank go off into the house and leave Ian hanging on the wall all by himself .

Ian with his last bits of strength held on to  make a deal to protect himself this week.  Brittany then asked Danielle for safety which she offered quickly and Danielle became the first female HOH of season 14.

In honor of this weeks lack of have-nots, and famous BB twist, I’m going to share with you readers my favorite recipe for Knotted Pretzels!  If the house guests were have nots this week, they could surely make this to help ease house boredom.  You can make it for a snack while you indulge in the feeds!  Happy BB viewing!  Stay tuned for more Slop Du Jour and news on what’s cooking in the Big Brother 14 house!

Make any shape you can think up, just remember to follow the directions!

Knotted Pretzels

Ingredients

  • 1 packet rapid-rise yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 4 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups warm water (about 110 degrees F)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Cooking spray (to grease bowl)
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 egg yolk with 1 Tablespoon water
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Flaked Sea Salt, Pretzel Salt or Kosher Salt

Directions
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine yeast, sugar, salt and water.  Stir until yeast is dissolved.  Using the dough hook attachment, add melted butter and flour and knead/mix until the dough comes together and pulls cleanly away from the sides of the bowl.  If dough continues to stick, add flour 1 teaspoon at a time until dough becomes smooth.  Once dough is smooth, knead with dough hook on medium-low speed for about 5 minutes.  Form dough into a ball and place in a large bowl sprayed with cooking spray.  Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot to rise for about 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Line two cooking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mat and set aside (near stovetop…this is where you’ll place the pretzels immediately after boiling.  Bring 10 cups of water to a boil in a large stock pan, and add 2/3 cups of baking soda.  Reduce heat to maintain a low simmering boil.

Flour a working surface, then separate dough into eight equal sized balls.  Roll each ball into 22-inch long strips.  Form each strip into a pretzel shape.  Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees F.

Working one at a time, drop pretzels carefully into boiling water.  Allow to boil for 30 seconds.  Remove from water using a large slotted spoon and place onto parchment covered cooking sheet.  Repeat with remaining pretzels.

In a small bowl, whisk together 1 egg yolk and 1 Tablespoon of water.  Use a pastry brush to brush boiled pretzels with the egg wash.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until dark golden brown.  Remove from oven and move pretzels to a wire rack.

Melt 4 Tablespoons of unsalted butter and liberally brush each pretzel with butter, then sprinkle with salt.

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