Saturday, April 25, 2015

Chow Down to Eurovision 2015 - Belarus

Hello this is Minsk calling....all together now I Love Belarus! 

You all know how much I love Belarus in Eurovision ever since the amazing Angelica Agurbash! 

Dmitry Koldun was the first to work magic on the voters and see Belarus in a Eurovision Song Contest Final. 

Work Your Magic not only made it to the 2007 final but also did incredibly well placing 6th. 

I also Love Belarus for having a dish that is a vegetable made out of chocolate and cake. 

Pirozhnoe Kartoshka (potato pastries) make 40-50
  • 500g vanilla cake*
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 50g butter
  • 300g sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp. liqueur (white creme de cocoa)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Cocoa
  • Slivered almonds to decorate
  • Put the cake in food processor and pulse to "cakecrumbs"
  • In a double boiler melt the chocolate and butter
  • Add the cake crumbs, melted chocolate, butter, condensed milk, liqueur and salt to a mixing bowl
  • Bring all the ingredients together to form a moist dough
  • Shape the dough into little potato shapes (mine are inspired by the kipfler)
  • Place on a lined baking tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  • Coat pastries in cocoa
  • Decorate with slivered almond for the eye of the potatoes
These are ridiculously easy to make and will be the hit of any Eurovision party. I can see myself making a few batches in Vienna to keep the energy levels up or feed any passing artists that may want to have a chat. 

A variation I want to try is using the condensed milk after it had been boiled in the tin to make a caramel then add some more salted for that crowd favourite, salted caramel. 

Not the most appetising look...but give theme Time (I know what I did there)

That is one mighty tasty bag of potatoes! 

I made the cake as follows but shop-bought cake would do if you are happy for your friends and family to know you don't care about them enough to make from scratch..... (I'm kidding, don't send letters!)

Vanilla Cake
  • 150g butter
  • 150g sugar
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Beat all ingredient together into a smooth batter
  • Pour into a greased 20 cm cake tin
  • Bake at 180 for 35-40 mins 

It's been 11 years but Belarus will again send a duet again to Eurovision. Time will be performed by Uzari on vocals and Maimuna on violin.

The duo complement each other brilliantly, Uzari's vocal expansions are accentuated brilliantly by Maimuna's violin gymnastics.  

In this busy world of technology where an hour now seems like a minute the song rings true that Time is ticking away as loudly as thunder.

 In 2015 I again have a reason to sing I Love Belarus, I just hope there is Time to sing it twice!

Past Belarus Chow Down to Eurovision:

2013 Love Me Tonight Draniki 


  1. Replies
    1. Well Fanny did love a potato...maybe some green mint ones?

  2. I'm not sure how I missed this post but I love it! The dish, the styling, the lot. It's very clever and would be great for a theme party. Well done Jason.