Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Chow Down to Eurovision 2014 - Lithuania

Labas vakaras this is Lithuania calling, almost our halfway point in Semi Final 2 of Chow Down to Eurovision 2014.

Often some of the best performance in Eurovision come from the background with some superb/unique vocal contribution or possibly  dancers that appear from under a tent dress, a piano and sometimes yes even a sack.

It could be a sand artist, a stripper, a drum banging granny, a Russian Olympian, or perhaps a wood fired oven just begging for some babushka's biccie.

Lithuanian is offering us another wonderful ensemble player, salad, as not every dish in the Chow Down to Eurovision needs to be a headlining artist.

In 2001 Skamp brought us some stylish backing singing, just off the party bus after a buck's night.
You got style, had a certain style but placed 13th.

In my travels around the internet (first class all the way) I found a brilliant site offering traditional Lithuanian foods and couldn't go past trying their turnip salad. This recipe is based on their recipe for Ropiø salotos

Turnip Salad
  • 1 large turnip
  • 1/2 bunch of spring onions
  • 300ml sour cream
  • 1/4 of a bunch of dill
  • Sea salt flakes and pepper
  • 1kg chat potatoes
  • olive oil
  • Preheat oven to 180°C
  • Cut potatoes in half and add to a baking dish
  • Add about a 1/4 cup of olive oil, just enough to coat potato rather than swim
  • Season with sea salt flakes and pepper
  • Bake for about 40-45 minutes till crisp
  • Peel the turnip
  • Grate coarsely and squeeze out any excess liquid 
  • Add to a mixing bowl
  • Roughly chop the spring onions and dill
  • Stir sour cream through turnips, spring onions and dill
  • Season to taste
  • Serve as a pimped up sour cream with the potatoes or even on it's own
  • I could see this also working well as a filling with smoked salmon

Vilija Matačiūnaitė will definitely command Attention especially if she is able to make her dancer's head disappear as it does in this clip.
Will we see her go straight to the fi-fi-fi-final?

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