Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Chow Down to Eurovision 2015 - Spain

Hola, and well as the song goes...Oh I'm (we're) off to sunny Spain! 

Which in a random piece of Eurovision trivia, was sung by Swedish singer Sylia who twice tried at Melodifestivalen to represent Sweden (2002, 2013) though imagine if Sweden had selected Y Via Espana to represent them in 1974 we could all be saying ABBA who?

So onto our Spanish entry in our Eurovision food passport and it couldn't be easier. 

I discovered this recipe while flipping through cookbooks in a library....Libraries are basically bookshops but you can peruse through the books and no one yells "you gonna buy that mister? This aint a library!" 

When I saw a soup that was basically old bread I thought we have a winner as I usually have a lot of bread needing a home!

This recipe is the perfect addition to your Eurovision menu as its so quick you can have it done before the first votes spokesperson have gotten through how much they really really really enjoyed the wonderful show!

The recipe was inspired by the Bread and Garlic Soup with Saffron recipe in the 

MoVida Spanish Culinary Adventures by Frank Camorra and Richard Cornish

Garlic and Bread Soup (Sopa Castellana)
  • 4-5 thick slices of few day old sour dough
  • 5-6 garlic cloves
  • Olive oil
  • Saffron
  • 1.5 litres of chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp. cream
  • Sweet paprika

  • Break up the bread and bake in a 150°C oven for about 5-10 minutes, don't let it burn
  • Finely slice the garlic
  • Add a good glug of olive oil a large heavy base saucepan on medium heat
  • Add the garlic to the saucepan but don't let it brown
  • Add the saffron and stir
  • Pour in the stock and let boil
  • Add the bread and stir
  • Add cream 
  • Serve topped with paprika 

You don't have to bake the bread yourselves........I guess we don't all love our families and friends (I'm joking don't write in!)

Edurne placed 21st in the final with Amanecer which is a shame as I really love this song and it would be among my most played of 2015.  

The passion of the Spanish fans I witnessed in the press centre was a true inspiration, hugging, crying, cheering all while completely focused on every second of the rehearsal. 

Many onlookers could call their enthusiasm OTT (not Lepland) Over The Top but I admire just how much they support their artists. 

There are quite a few countries that could take a leaf out of Spain's book when it comes to getting behind your entry!

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1 comment:

  1. This is my type of dish. It sounds delish and a great way to use leftover bread. I recommend a splash of sherry vinegar (or sherry!) in the final blitz.