Friday, April 25, 2014

Chow Down to Eurovision 2014 - Norway

God kveld this is Oslo, Norway calling, current home of the Chow Down to Eurovision trophy*.

In 2013 Norway presented Smultringers, a cardamom flavoured donut cooked in lard, so really no one else had a chance of wining the inaugural Chow Down to Eurovision.

*no actual physical trophy due to budget cut backs

Smultringers...yes please!
So in fairness to the other contestants this year they are just presenting a sandwich, but being Chow Down to Eurovision you know it won't be just any old sandwich.

To honour of our reigning champions let's enjoy Anne Karine Strøm singing Mata Hari in 1976 where she came dressed as a gold statute.
Unbelievably she come last on 7 points, which thinking positively is 4 points better than when she came equal last in 1974.
No matter what  history says I hereby state she came first in the fashion stakes!
Douze Points la Norvège!

Don't worry I'm not going to give you a recipe for a sandwich, just the filling!
I used a loaf I'd baked using Dan Lepard's Sour Cream Sandwich Loaf, with the slight variation of increasing the sour cream to a use up a 300ml tub and doubling the remaining ingredients to make 2 loaves.
You can use precooked prawns or cook them yourself. I prefer chopped larger prawns rather than the little baby one...let them have a good life before hitting my tummy. 
Norwegian Prawn Open Sandwich
  • 500-600g of prawns (about 100-150g per sandwich, see note)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (jar or made depends if the chickens have delivered enough eggs)
  • Juice of 1/2 small lemon
  • 2 spring onions (whites only) finely chopped 
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chop the cold cooked prawns (not too small)
  • Mix through mayonnaise, lemon juice, spring onions and season to taste
  • Assemble the sandwich, with or without an attempt at a great work of art
The other ingredient in my Prawn Garden masterpiece are
  • Bread of your choice
  • Boiled eggs sliced (flowers)
  • Avocado (stems and leaves)
  • Red and black caviar (pollen)
  • Chives chopped (grass)
  • Note: I use peeled green prawns and poached for 1-2 minutes in salted boiling water
  • The perfect snack for an afternoon of Eurovision repeats
 Carl Espen will take the heartbreaking ballad Silent Storm to Demark this May, will Norway go from a victorious Chow Down to Eurovision 2013 to Eurovision 2014 champions?
Lykke til!

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