Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Chow Down to Eurovision 2015 - Serbia

Good evening this is Belgrade calling....well welcome back Serbia it is so wonderful to have you with us after your absence in Chow Down to Eurovision in 2014.

While Serbia was missing from Copenhagen some of us had a Serbian representative  thrilling us in Melbourne.  I co hosted a Eurovision fan club event and through the magic of twitter had discovered that the 2011 Serbian contestant,  Nina was living in Melbourne.  

You can imagine everyone's surprise when I needed to "fill in" time because the votes weren't ready and asked if anyone from the audience could help me sing Caroban....and Nina volunteers!

She gave an amazing performance and was so incredibly lovely and generous with her time having photo's taken with everyone. 

Caroban is most certainly a Eurovision crowd favourite!

Nina in Düsseldorf 2011

Nina in Melbourne 2014

I think I nailed the "stay cool" on stage selfie, right??

The Chow Down to Eurovision could easily be sponsored by cabbage and pork farmers as so many European recipes love these ingredients.

I know when I say cabbage soup you probably think Charlie Bucket from Charlie and the Chocolate factory but believe me this is so delicious I could happily live off it for a week. 

Cabbage Soup
  • 1kg cabbage
  • 2 brown onions
  • 2-3 tsp. hot paprika 
  • 150g bacon pieces
  • 300g pork mince
  • 750ml passata
  • Olive Oil
  • Knob butter
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Quarter the cabbage and slice into 2cm strips
  • Dice the onions
  • Add a splash and a knob of olive oil and butter to a oven proof pot
  • Add the onions, fry for a couple of minutes till softened
  • Add the cabbage and coat with onions and oil
  • Add the bacon and mix well
  • Cook till cabbage starts to soften
  • Dot the top of the cabbage with the pork mince
  • Add the passata 
  • Bake with lid on in a 180°C oven for 45 minutes
  • Season to taste
  • Top with some parsley and enjoy with a crusty loaf 

Cabbage, more than just coleslaw

The cabbage has a sweetness that would warm any winters night

Beauty Never Lies is a brilliant life motto and will be the Serbian entry in Vienna from Bojana Stamenov. 

This preview video is my favourite of 2015 for it's simplicity in capturing people's love for Eurovision and embodying a sense of empowerment. I am different and it's ok!

Bojana is going for a record with the number of languages the song has been recorded in, Serbian, English, French, German, and Spanish... but there is still time for Italian, Swedish and Russian before Eurovision starts! 

This is one of the songs I am really excited about seeing in Vienna plus Bojana seems such a lovely person. In interviews she comes across as someone who would be great fun to be around....I think we could be besties......#justsaying


Past Serbia Chow Down To Eurovision:


  1. That selfie is hilarious. I think I might have commented on it before. As to the pork and cabbage - I love it all but it's true that you have to have a strong constitution. I have said constitution and am ready so bring it on. Ziveli!

    1. I couldn't help recycling the selfie, hopefuly Vienna will produce a years supply of new selfies!
      Yes long live pork and cabbage!