Monday, April 21, 2014

Chow Down to Eurovision 2014 - Malta

Filgħaxija tajba this is Malta calling and welcome to the start of Semi Final Two in Chow Down to Eurovision 2014.

Last year Malta made it through to the final of Chow Down to Eurovision with tasty little fried white bait, yummo!

This dish was very similar to a Eurovision act with multiple reveals.

I knew that the dish would have pomegranate molasses as I had a beautiful bottle I was busting to use.

Reveal 1 it's going to be an ice cream

Reveal 2 an ice cream sandwich in fact
Reveal 3 ditch the sandwich, it's a chocolate podium!

Reveal 4 wish I had thought of it earlier, more seeds and they could be pomegranate mirror balls rather than flying saucers. (next time)

A small insight into how my mind works and the dishes for the Chow Down to Eurovision evolve....ok back to the music.

In 2008 Morena failed to qualify with Vodka, Gin would have been a much better option.....

Pomegranate Molasses Ice Cream
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 100ml pomegranate molasses
  • Seeds from 1 pomegranate
  • In a heavy base saucepan add milk, cream and heat to just below boiling
  • Add egg yolks and sugar to a mixing bowl and whisk
  • When milk is hot slowly pour into eggs, while whisking
  • Once combined return the custard to the saucepan
  • Keep stirring over a low heat until the custard thickening enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Be careful not to overcook it or it will curdle.
  • Add the pomegranate molasses and stir through
  • Pass through a sieve and either chill on ice or in the fridge overnight. (the faster chill the less crystals)
  • Put into ice cream machine and churn as per manufactures instructions
  • When halfway through churning add the pomegranate jewels (leaving a few for garnish)
  • Sweet, yet tart, yet sweet yet tart!

"Chocolate Podiums"
  • 125g butter softened
  • 125g golden caster sugar
  • 1 orange zest and juice
  • 1 egg
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 30g cocoa
  • Cream butter and sugar
  • Add egg and beat through
  • Add zest and juice of orange
  • Add flour and cocoa and mix to combine
  • Place about 2 tbsp. into a whoopie pie pan
  • Bake at 180°C for 8-10 minutes
  • Allow to cool completely before assembling, unless you want a puddle
  • To assemble put a scoop of ice cream onto the biscuit and sprinkle some seeds....I know it's some really advanced presentation today!
  • While there is no mention of risk assessments will they place higher than Dr Gianluca Bezzina's Tomorrow and have the Eurovision trophy Coming Home to Malta?
    Xorti tajba!

1 comment:

  1. Delightful. I see that a few of the entries this year are 'food themed' so I have high hopes that next year's Chow Down will include actual dishes sung about this year.