Monday, April 14, 2014

Chow Down to Eurovision 2014 - Netherlands

Goedenavond this is Netherlands calling from the beautiful canals of Amsterdam.

Our trip to Amsterdam in 2011 (can't believe it's 3 years already, get me to flight centre STAT) has inspired this year's entry for Chow Down to Eurovision 2014.

One of the things I love to do while travelling, apart from eat and check out the supermarkets, it see what's on TV.

I think it gives you a taste of the differences in culture by doing something you would normally do at home.

Sadly these days it seems to be more dubbed reruns of Friends and Seinfeld, though it was fun flicking on the TV to see Australian Master chef with Dutch subtitles.

Maggie Macneal (minus Mouth) sang Amsterdam which placed 5th in 1980 and provided a wonderful soundtrack to our trip.

I'm sure none of the Dutch people tired of my head appearing out of a boat in the canals singing Amsterdam, Amsterdam at the top of my lungs.....their only respite was when my mouth was full of croquette!
One of the "delights" of our Amsterdam trip was our hotel not only had tea and coffee making facilities but Cup-a-Soup as well, clearly no expense was spared!

Not content with the good old chicken noodle, it was Chinese Tomato, which we learnt was popular with children in Holland possibly due to the addition of sweet apple sauce.
AB as a tomato fan loved it but did declare that "the croutons were a waste of time" 

I come up with my own version, that doesn't require packets or a 27 hour flight.
There are some apple croutons that have been slipped in but allegedly they aren't a waste of time!

It's a bit more adult with the apple cider and apples rather than apple sauce.

Chinese tomato soup
  • 1kg tomato topped and halved
  • 2 large granny smith grated
  • 700ml chicken stock
  • 300ml apple cider
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 1 small thumb ginger grated
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 3 tbsp. kecap manis
  • 1 green chilli sliced finely
  • 1 tbs. dark soy (use light for a lighter colour...obviously)
  • 2-3tbs. brown sugar
  • 1/2 an apple extra for croutons (optional)
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • In a large saucepan add oil, ginger, garlic and chili
  • Add the apples and tomatoes and stir to coat in oil
  • Add apple cider and bring to the boil
  • Add chicken stock
  • Add kecap manis, sugar and soy
  • Simmer on low for 20 minutes
  • Blend with a hand blender
  • Roughly cut extra apple into small pieces and coat in lemon juice
  • Drain any extra juices and sprinkle apple croutons onto soup, or stir through (these aren't a waste of time I have been informed)

After Anouk got The Netherlands to the finals last year after an 8 year absence will The Common Linnets' Calm After The Storm continue the trend or start another drought?

I'm hoping for rain!
veel success!


  1. I feel I should clarify my anti-croutons comments because I am not anti-crouton as such. But the choice of crouton in that packet mix was certainly deserving of the title "waste of space".

    1. Thank you for the clarification, I was worried we would have lawyers representing the Crouton Society on our door step with a defamation case.
      But really when it's packet soup what can we expect?....fresh is always best