Friday, May 9, 2014

Chow Down to Eurovision 2014 - Romania

Buna seara, you have made it to the end of the Semi Finals in Chow Down to Eurovision 2014....and this is Romania calling.

Today is all about balls, well quenelles if you please.

These fish quenelles were originally made with trout, but after I filleted and pin boned one trout I was well and truly over it, all that work for balls! What was really exiting me about these balls was the parsnip, I love the flavour, so I've kept the parsnip and threw back the trout.

As Romania is last in Semi Final 2 I thought we would have a look at their first attempt to enter the Eurovision Song Contest.

In 1993 Dida Drăgan performed an extremely interpretive and dramatic version of Nu pleca in the pre qualifying round (before they had semi finals) but failed to qualify.

Romania did make the final of Chow Down to Eurovision 2013 though!

Romanian Fish Balls
  • 1 parsnip core removed
  • 2-3 chat potatoes
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/2 bunch of parsley
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt good pinch
  • 400g white fish (boneless skinless I like Basa)
  • Oil for frying
  • Add vegetables to a food processor and chop for about 20 seconds
  • Add eggs, salt and fish and process for another 20 seconds till all combines but not a paste
  • Heat oil in a saucepan on high heat
  • Quenelle (shape with a ever it comes out will be fine) about 1 tbsp. of mixture into the oil
  • Fry for about 2-3 mins till brown and cooked through
  • There should be enough mix for about 20 balls
  • I serve with yogurt that has gherkins and capers chopped through it

In 2010 when they were Playing With Fire they placed 3rd in the final, will they go 2 places better this year?

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