As the song goes....Welcome to Estonia!
For today's dish I headed out on location to the Estonian House for a concert by Estonian Eurovision greats Ott Lepland (2012) and Tanel Padar (winner 2001) with Jalmar Varbana.
The concert was a very relaxed affair and even though I don't speak a word of Estonian, loved every second.
My only negative about the night is neither star sang their Eurovision song!
While they are known for a lot more than their Eurovision participation it would have only taken 6 minutes to give the group of Eurovision fans in attendance what they came for, Everybody would have loved it. I know what I did there, really could I get any kuula?
As a special treat instead of past Eurovision song today we have a little taster of said concert.
A herring on rye
Pork belly and pear at the Estonian house
This is my made up "I think that is how it tasted" version.
Pork Belly and Pear (makes a lot)
- 500g pork belly
- 1 cup green ginger wine
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 2-3 pears cored and quartered (I didn't peel)
- Slice the pork belly into 2-3cm cubes
- In a bowl add pork, green ginger wine, garlic and a good pinch of salt
- Let marinate for a couple of hours or overnight
- Preheat oven to 180°C
- Drain pork and pat dry
- In an oven proof fry pan brown the pork then put in oven for 15-20 minutes
- Cube the pears into a similar size as the pork
- Add to the oven with the pork and cook a further 5-10 minutes
- With caution, use a toothpick to attach a piece of pear to a piece of pork
I went to the edge of caramelised with my pork and pear as that is how I remembered them, looking back on the original photo now I think it was just because it was dark!
Elina Born & Stig Rästa will sing Goodbye to Yesterday in Vienna but hopefully not goodbye to a place in the final.
Estonia remind me of a modern Johnny Cash and June Carter very comfortably delivering a country break up duet.
You may catch yourself singing "goodbye to yesterday" as you go about your everyday business...or maybe that's just me.