Sunday, April 13, 2014

Chow Down to Eurovision 2014 - Moldova

Buna Seara this is Moldova calling and this year is the 10th year of Moldova participating in Eurovision.

So far they have qualified for the final every year bar one and if you ask me an 8:1 success rate is something to be proud of. 

Moldova's highest placing was in their first year of participation but that was with Grandma Bunica so she is a tough act to follow.

As Grandma Bunica featured in last year's Chow Down to Eurovision, we are going to hear from Sunstroke Project and Olia Tira with Run Away, they could have done with adding a Grandma.
 They placed 22nd

There is one performer in this act that lasts a lot longer than the official 3 minutes,  
Epic Sax Man which thanks to someone's hard work looping and YouTube you can enjoy for 10 HOURS!! 
That's almost longer than the voting.
I'm not sure if he has a nasal spray or blue pill but that's what I call longer lasting SAX!

This recipe was inspired by a Moldovan fish baked in a vegetable sauce, now I'm all for togetherness but I thought it might be nice to have the vegetables as a cold salad instead....yep, I never win friends:( 

Moldovan Fish with Roast Vegetable and Feta Salad
  • 500g white fish (I went for a chunky rockling)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 bunch chives, finely chopped
  • 5 small Roma tomatoes, quartered
  • 5 brown mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 large leek, sliced 1 cm thick
  • 1 red capsicum, cut into rough chunks
  • 50g feta crumbled
  • Preheat oven to 180°C
  • Place tomato, mushrooms, leeks, and capsicum on a baking paper lined tray(s)
  • Lightly splash with olive oil and salt and pepper
  • Roast for 30 minutes then allow to cool
  • Marinate the fish for about 10 minutes in, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and 1/2 the chopped chives
  • Heat an oven proof frypan on high heat
  • Lightly pat dry the fish and fry for about 3 minutes on each side
  • Put the frypan in the oven to finish the fish for about 10-15 minutes (internal temp of 63°C for those playing My Kitchen Rules along at home)
  • The cooking really depends on how think you fish is so go with your gut (and thermometer)
  • Combine all vegetables in a bowl and add feta and any remaining chives
  • If required add another splash of olive oil
  • The feta should take care of the salt component, but you better have a taste just to be sure.
  • Slice the fish or serve whole on a plater to be shared
  • The next time I make this I want to add rocket to the salad, it needs more green

Wild Soul (appropriate for a fish dish) will be performed by Cristina Scarlat for Moldova on the 6th of May (7th Australian time)
Will she continue the great final strike rate this year?
Noroc and happy 10th anniversary Moldova!

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