Saturday, January 30, 2016

Chow Down to Eurovision 2015 - Switzerland

Beautiful, beautiful Switzerland how wonderful it is to cook from you again.

Switzerland the land of my favorite chocolate and the only time I've had motion sickness which was on the train over the Alps delivers a showstopper of a dish.

As mentioned when we visited Iceland, the internet provides a lot of inspiration for the Chow Down to Eurovision and when you see a dish called Cholera tart it is an instant Eurovision food qualifier.

According to the internet, which is never wrong, this dish was invented out of necessity during an 1836 Cholera outbreak. Due to limited availability of food people would put whatever they had into pastry, typically vegetables, bits of meat and cheese.  (Yes folks I've even added some history) 

Cholera is a delicious come as you are tart that with the right marketing could be a catchy food trend of epidemic proportion! 

Cholera tart
  • 2 sheets of puff pastry (or home made, I know I didn't make it this time)
  • 600-700g cooked mixed vegetables *see note
  • 250-300g grated Swiss cheese or mix of your choice
  • Optional additional soft rind cheese to garnish
  • Line a greased 25cm quiche pan with the puff pastry
  • Add the vegetables
  • Cover with cheese and garnish if desired
  • Bake at 180°C for 30 minutes
  • Serve though it might not be wise to tell your guests they are getting cholera for dinner
The cooked vegetables I used were a mixed of red cabbage, Romanesco broccoli, potato, purple cauliflower and red onions that was chopped to bite size, a great way to used up leftovers!

Being about necessity it doesn't have to be pretty....

As unexciting as it may seem the flavours really do all come together to make this a very enjoyable midweek dinner or lunch the next day.

In 2015 it was Mélanie René's Time to Shine for Switzerland and despite being in a forest with a coven of illuminating drummers and an outfit that could go from evil to good with the swish of a cape, Mélanie came last in semi final 2.

Will Switzerland suffer the same fate in the Chow Down to Eurovision?

Previous Switzerland Chow Down to Eurovision:

1 comment:

  1. We were living in Switzerland during Eurovision 2010 and were very excited to dial in to our friends at home. I don't recall seeing Cholera tart but then again, my German isn't the best.