Saturday, April 23, 2016

Chow Down to Eurovision 2015 - United Kingdom

Our third to last country in the #BuildingBrunches Eurovision food tour is the United Kingdom.

There are some dishes in The Chow Down to Eurovision that are not only influenced by the competing nation but by the competing song like 2014's Cake to Bake from Latvia. 

The United Kingdom entry Still in Love With You gave us the sound of the 1920's which makes me think Prohibition which really just makes us all think of alcohol.


Gin and Tonic Ice Cream Party Bombes
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 100g sugar
  • 700ml milk
  • 125ml cream
  • 100ml tonic syrup  (I buy Sinkonah tonic not sponsored )
  • In a heavy base saucepan add eggs, milk, sugar, cream and whisk.
  • Keep stirring over a low heat until the custard thickening enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Be careful not to overcook it or it will curdle.
  • Add tonic and stir to combine
  • Chill while stiring in a bowl over an ice bath (this will help to make a smoother ice cream)
  • Put into ice cream machine and churn as per manufactures instructions
  • Fill lined Texas muffin pan with ice cream (recipe makes more ice cream than required, winning!)
  • Freeze for a few hours

Lime Gin Jelly
  • 200g sugar
  • 5 limes zest and juice
  • 100ml water
  • 100ml gin
  • 3 gelatin leaves
  • Green food colour if desired
  • Soak gelatin leaves as per packet
  • Add sugar, lime zest, juice and water to a saucepan
  • Simmer over medium heat till the sugar dissolves
  • Remove from the heat
  • Add the gin and gelatin leave as stir to incorporate the gelatin
  • Add a drop of green food colour if desired
  • Pour into a bowl and refrigerate till set

Italian Meringue
  • 4 egg white
  • 200g sugar
  • 100ml water
  • In a saucepan add the sugar and water
  • Dissolve the sugar over low heat and slowly bring up to 120°C
  • Beat the egg white to firm peak
  • Slowly pour the sugar syrup into the egg whites while constantly beating till cool (a stand mixer is good for this)
  • Add meringue to a piping bag 
Chocolate crumbs
1/2 packet chocolate biscuits blitzed in a food processor
If I was on Master Chef I'd probably call this a deconstructed biscuit!

To assemble
  • Scoop a well into the middle of the bombes
  • Fill the cavity with lime jelly (a piping bag helps)
  • Cover with over the hole with ice cream and freeze for 1 hour
  • Remove bombes from muffin tin and remove lining
  • Cover with chocolate soil
  • Pipe with Italian meringue to decorate 
  • Serve before melting

Traditionally a G&T doesn't have chocolate but isn't everything better with chocolate

If when you go to blowtorch the meringue find you have run out of gas, just leave them white and say that's how they are meant to be!

G&T and yes still in love with you...

One of the highlights for me in Vienna was the pleasure of meeting the lovely Electro Velvet and Bianca announcing she had seen my video with Carly Findlay about disability and Eurovision, to my obvious shock.....someone watches my videos???

For anyone concerned I do believe that Bianca's handbag did survive our meeting, but it was a close call for a moment there!

I'm sorry Alex I didn't get you anything but you are always welcome to pop in for a G&T anytime you're in town.

Electro Velvet brought a fun change of pace to the Eurovision final with the 1920's inspired I'm still in Love With You which placed 24th.

As I sing along to Eurovision on my daily commute I'm no stranger to be bit of self praise....
"Sounding good Sugar!"

Previous United Kingdom Chow Down to Eurovision:

It does look like I basically made the same dish 2 years in a row but that's really nothing new in Eurovision is it??

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