Yep, I said it. It is time for Europe (and Australia!!!) To get together as one and have a sing song.
Now, you might say I am using any excuse to have a party and you would be right. A lot of my friends (more Mr M friends really) think that this is the cheesiest most criminal event in the music world. And I would agree only it is because of those reason that make this yearly event so GREAT!
We have been a closet Eurovision fan since we’ve realised that we can have drinking games while watching it.
The first year we did this was just Mr M and I, very sad I know. We were talking to a few people on FB who was watching it at the same time but, yes it was just the two of us on the sofa watching it at home.
On the eve of our first Eurovision, we went searching for games that you can play while watching the show.
That was when we came across tons of party ideas and drinking games ideas.
The internet was full of ideas and rules of the drinking game that you can play while watching this great show!!
However we have decided to stick with what we thought was the easiest rule to follow. This was to have a shot of alcohol every time a country does not sing in their native language. I believe all but a hand full of country sang in their native language the rest sang in English. I would love to tell you how many there were but, I’d lost the ability to count after 15th shots of Tequila. “What a mistake’a to make’a”
The Tequila was definitely a mistake. As we did not plan our evening ahead! The only drinks we have in our house that we can take as a shot was Tequila. And we did not have any lime so we chase our Tequila with pickle chilli. You know the one you get from the kebab shop. I am sure you can picture how awful we felt the next days.
So the year after we were more prepared. We have invited a family friend over to stay and we made food from different countries around Europe and a much more friendly shots and drinking games. We had a great evening and felt find the next day.
This is why people in Europe do not get as paralytic from drinking like we do here. Drinking is part of enjoyment in life as long as you do it sensibly.
Same as everything else in your life really it has to be balanced. Yes I may have recipes in my book that is not the healthiest but I do not eat like that every day! It is a treat, it is something to enjoy with friends on occasions.
I am not for one moment suggests that you should be drinking a bottle of Tequila and deep frying Ice-cream every day. But once a year is not going to be that bad for you. As long as you do eat healthily and not drink yourself silly every other day of the year.
With that said, let’s get back to that one day a year where I will be eating and drinking and enjoying my evening with friends. As some of you might know we have just moved into a new area and we now feel that the neighbours knows as well enough now to come and join us on this great night.
I live on a street full of foodies like myself (how lucky am I) Rather than me cooking all the food everyone is going to bring a few dishes from different countries in Europe and a drink of their choice. We are going to have our own scoring sheets, a sweepstake and of course our drinking game. Dare I go back to a shot every time they are not singing in their own languages! I do not think so.
If you are thinking of having a Eurovision party, I say do it. Forget what people might say, it will be a great evening.
But I don’t know what I need to do, you say. Well have a look at this article by telegraph it has some great ideas that I am sure I will be using for my party. I also found some great food idea from BBC good food to.
What am I going to make as my contribution to the party?
Well, I think I will start the evening with some of my spiced roasted tomato with cheese toastie (recipe below). Just to get the evening started I will be serving these in a shot glass. Then I think I will put together a large platter of international cold meat and cheeses with some homemade Focaccia. For late night hunger I am making a pot of my friend Iveta beef Goulash serve with some crusty bread. That should keep us out of trouble until I bring out my Butterscotch Vodka.
On that note, I best get on with the preparation.
Chilli Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese
To make 12 shots, you will need:
500g, tomato, blanched in hot water to peel the skins
1, small red onion, peeled and quarter
2, cloves garlic, peeled
200ml, vegetable stock
1tbsp, olive oil
2tbsp, balsamic vinegar
1tbsp brown sugar
½ tbsp, mild chilli powder
Salt and pepper
4, sliced bread of your choice, I used white medium sliced
150g, grated cheese again your choice, I used cheddar
Pre heat the oven to 180c. Cut the peeled tomato in half and place in a roasting tray with the onion, garlic, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt, pepper and sugar. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes until the onion and tomato are nicely roasted but not too brown.
Leave to cool and blitz in a blender till smooth, pass through a sieve into a sauce pan and add the stock and chilli powder.
Bring to the boil then simmer for 5 minutes and check for seasoning. Cool and refrigerate or freeze if you are making this ahead. Heat the soup thoroughly before serving.
Make the grilled cheese by buttering the bread and place the cheese on the unbuttered side of the bread to make a sandwich buttered side on the outside. Fry the sandwich on a non-stick pan until the bread is nice and brown and the cheese is melted.
To serve: spoon the hot soup in to a shot glass. Cut the grilled cheese in to a small square and put a cocktail stick through it and place on top of the glass.