Sunday, April 14, 2013

Chow Down to Eurovision 2013 - Ireland

Today we're in the beautiful green TOTALLY SNAKE FREE land of Ireland, thanks St Paddy for that one, best saint ever! While I have never been to the emerald isle I did spend some time working in an office where there was an Irish quota of at least 50% so that was like practically being there. The opportunity for a linguistic and cultural exchange was not wasted as I learnt so much about craic, it was only fair they had to "give it a burl". For a colleague's birthday I was tasked with making an Irish themed birthday cake, so shamrocks? Leprechauns? Mrs Brown? of course not Jedward. It was quite an easy decision to make. She had previously mentioned that Jedward were "beautiful boys" so why wouldn't she want them jumping out of her cake. While I am clearly not the cake boss, my fondant skills are getting better with each birthday.

Can't you just see Jedward jumping out of the cake??

With 7 wins under their belt Ireland holds the record for most wins in Eurovision, so it is only fitting that their entry in Chow Down to Eurovision 2013 has a touch of luxury. I had thought of roasting a turkey but felt it wasn't right to cook an Irish contestant.

In 2008 they thought they would enter a craic, that doesn't sound right?
Lobster Dublin Lawyer
  • 1 lobster tail
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 100ml whiskey
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • squeeze of lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cut down the centre of the underside of the lobster tail to remove the meat but leave the shell intact
  • Tidy up the edges of the shell for presentation and boil in a saucepan for 5 mins and then drain. If not using the shell for presentation this step can be omitted.
  • Cut the lobster into bite sized pieces
  • In a large frypan on high heat add the butter.
  • Add the lobster and the whiskey
  • Use a long match or gas lighter to ignite the whiskey, be careful as it is a pretty big flambé.
  • Once the flame have died off add the cream and mix through
  • Add the squeeze of lemon and season to taste
  • The lobster should be cooked by the time the flame has gone, it is very easy to over cook it
  • To serve place meat back into the shell and pour over the sauce
  • This served AB and I as an entrée but if you have found a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow it would be a lovely main course with a decadent buttery mash.
This year Ireland isn't sending Jedward but Ryan Dolan will find out if Only Love Survives, and possibly makes it to the finals again.
luck maith!


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