Saturday, April 26, 2014

Chow Down to Eurovision 2014 - Georgia

საღამო this is Georgia calling, our fourth port of call in Semi Final 2 on our culinary journey to Copenhagen.

If you joined us last year for Chow Down to Eurovision 2013 you may remember that Georgia brought us the scrumptious Khachapuri (cheese bread) which secured them a place in the final.

This year Georgia is offering a moreish walnut sauce to serve with a roast chicken, eggs or vegetables.

There are many variations of this sauce with ingredients that include dried marigolds, blue fenugreek, saffron, though I have made a version that doesn't require a trip to a spice bizarre. (even though I do love a trip to a spice bizarre or shop as they are commonly known)

Just like today's walnut sauce this act is great with the excitement added by the dancers but is just as great if it was pared back with Sopho just standing and singing.

 Georgia first joined Eurovision in 2007 with Sopho and Visionary Dream, she came 12th in the final.


Chicken with Walnut Sauce
  • 12 chicken legs  (going on it serving 4-6)
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt & pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 120g walnuts
  • 1 large brown onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 400ml chicken stock
  • Pinch saffron threads
  • 40g butter
  • 60g plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves ground
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon ground
  • 1 tbs. red wine vinegar
  • Preheat oven to 180°C
  • Lay chicken legs on a foil lined tray
  • Splash with olive oil
  • Rub with a good pinch of cayenne pepper, salt and pepper
  • Bake for about 35-40 minutes
  • To make the sauce
  • Blend the walnuts into a paste (a tbs. of water can help it along)
  • Add the saffron to the chicken stock to let it infuse
  • Roughly dice onion and crush garlic
  • In a medium sauce melt butter
  • Add onion, garlic and cook on low heat till soft
  • Add flour and stir to make a paste
  • Add cloves and cinnamon to flour and cook for about 1 minute
  • Slowly add the chicken stock, bit by bit, stirring continuously
  • As the sauce thickens add more stock
  • When the sauce has thickened add the walnuts and vinegar
  • Mix well and cook for another minute or 2 to ensure it is the consistency you like
  • Season to taste
  • Serve over the roast chicken legs, my vegetable option is boiled potato with sauté kale (I'm a bit kale mad sorry)
  • For a Eurovision party this could be converted to a great nibble with drinks using chicken wing drumettes and having a walnut dipping sauce....and 1 or 2 drinks
The Shin & Mariko will perform Three Minutes to Earth but will their three minutes being heard around the world get them a place in the final?
გისურვებთ წარმატებას! 

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