Axşam yaxşı this is Azerbaijan calling, and can you believe we are half way through semi final 1?
Where has that time gone.......
Azerbaijan is a major player in the Chow Down to Eurovision as well as the Eurovision Song Contest.
Their Zebra cake came 3rd in the Chow Down to Eurovision and Farid placed a very respectable 2nd in Sweden.
I was very happy to give Farid my douze points as he said my cake was "looking so delicious", so clearly the guy is very smart.
It would be rude not to replay Farid's song Hold Me from last year, he likes my cake so we are almost totes besties!
While spending many well spent hours researching on the internet I found these Azerbaijani kebabs that came with multiple spellings, Lyulya, Lule, Lula, and finally Lulu.
Given one must always find a Eurovision connection I went for the Lulu spelling and added some chilli.
After all if it's a Lulu kebab it's needs to have a certain Boom Bang A Bang! (pounding away......)
- 1kg lamb (I used a leg I had)
- 2 brown onions
- 4-5 cloves garlic
- 2 red chillies
- Few springs of mint and parsley
- 1 tbsp. sea salt flakes
- 2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. ground coriander
- 1 tsp. hot paprika
- Pass the lamb, onions, garlic, chillies and herbs through a meat grinder (using the medium hole disc)
- Pass it through a second time
- Add salt and spices to the meat and mix well
- Let it rest in the fridge for about 1 hour
- Soak some bamboo skewers in water while the meat rests
- Mould a small hand full of meat onto 2 skewers (If you hold the skewers about 1/2cm apart it acts like a spine)
- There should be enough for about 14 kebabs
- Heat up the BBQ and grill for about 10-15 minutes till charred and cooked through (you can have a little taster just to be sure...my excuse, sticking to it)
- Serve with a tzatziki or hummus and pitta breads
- If you can't be bothered firing up the BBQ, under the grill or in a fry pan will do the trick
- Looking at the picture I want another one.....NOW!!
In Demark Dilara Kazimova will sing Start a Fire, so I did and cooked some Lulu kebabs.
Sometimes you'll do something and it will look skilfully executed and well planned when really it is purely very good luck.....yep this was one of those.