Thursday, April 9, 2015

Chow Down to Euroivision 2015 - Armenia

I hope you managed to collect your luggage, we have arrived in Armenia.

In 2009 Armenia sent 2 sisters Inga & Anush to Moscow to have us all dancing to Jan Jan, giving us a taste of flash mob possibilities. They managed to keep Armenia in the top 10 for the fourth year running. 

For me the sisters bring pure joy to the song and if you aren't tapping your toes at the end of it, well I'm not sure I can help you.

Inga will again represent Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, with a group formed around Armenian bloodlines, interestingly without her sister...

Armenia's contribution to #BuildingBrunches is a chickpea and date soup. While I love a good date as much as the next bloke, my obsession at the moment is currants...they are totes right now!
There is a beauty in the surprise sweetness that dried fruit has to offer a savoury dish.
Possibly one of the simplest dishes in Chow Down to Eurovision 2015 I can see this easily securing a place in the top ten soups for any wintery night.
I love the sound of chickpeas cracking as they soak.....
Armenian chickpea and date currant soup
  • 500g soaked, cooked chickpeas (or canned)*
  • 1 brown onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • 1 litre chicken/vegetable stock
  • 80g dried currants
  • Dice onion and garlic
  • Add a "splash and a knob" of oil and butter to a large saucepan
  • Fry the onions and garlic on low heat till they are translucent
  • Add 400g of the chickpeas (keeping 100g to add later)
  • Add the stock and simmer for 20-30 minutes till the chickpeas are soft
  • Mash the soup with a potato masher, or hand blender for a smooth soup
  • Add the remaining chickpeas and currants
  • Season to taste
  • Serve with a finely sliced spring onion....only because I like a soup topped with spring onion
*I used dried chickpeas I soak and then cook but you could use canned as well, I would use 2 cans of chickpeas and 1.5 litres of stock.
 It don't look too pretty but what a surprise treat the currants make!

In 2015 Armenia has cooked up the act Genealogy which features 6 singers of Armenian heritage from around the globe, it's like The Voice meets Who Do You Think You Are?
The group consists of some very talented singers individually, but will this family reunion work or will it end in tears just like every Christmas after Aunt Mavis has a touch too much sherry and not enough trifle.
The song evokes a night at the opera with Tori Amos and a touch of the burlesque all rolled into a film clip that could easily be an episode of Dr Who.
Past Armenia Chow Down to Eurovision:


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