It was the Eurovision Song Contest at the weekend. You may remember my Flashback Friday post about last years Eurovision party that I held at home…out came the bunting and flags to laugh and cringe at the entries this year, and watch as the UK fail once more!
Like last year, we all picked our countries ‘blind’ by pulling them out of a hat (plastic bag!). Here were the countries I had to cheer on…Norway came last, and the UK came second from last. What a winning team I had!
Hubby printed off score cards so we could tally up our points at the end. Needless to say, I knew I hadn’t won with my collective team without having to add up -___- People complain that the song contest is political, and whilst that might be true to a degree, it’s quite clear that we had a rubbish song! I don’t even remember it! If you are wondering who the winner was – it was Sweden!
But, it’s all good fun and a chance to throw a little soiree.
My sister decided to be the flag holder…as each country took part she’d stick the flag into her hair – hilarious!
The flags you will recognise from last year’s party…and they’ve been put away for next year ;) I also pulled out the bunting and used it to decorate my living room unit.
And onto the food, which as always was plentiful and enjoyed by our guests! I bought some pre-made food and made some dishes as well, so have a couple of recipes to share. For the food, I stayed within Europe and don’t think I went as crazy as I did last year!
I created an antipasti board – the Italian element of my buffet – with shop bought sun blushed tomatoes, mushrooms, aubergines, peppers, cured meats and tomatoes on the vine.
Also from Italy – Caprese salad with mozzerella, tomatoes and basil leaves. You can see the bowl from the UK and Germany with Lincolnshire cocktail sausages and frikadellen (pork meatballs). Plus a bowl of Greek olives.
A selection of dips…
Tahini, which is a sesame seed dip.
Taramasalta, a dip made with fish roe.
Tzaziki, which I normally would make myself, but I was lazy and bought this yoghurt, cucumber and mint dip.
And shop bought hummus, jazzed up with some olive oil.
A few crudités to dunk.
I made some Spanish Chorizo Empanadillas.
I also made a Roasted Vegetable & Orzo Salad with aubergine, peppers, red onions, pine nuts and feta cheese – delicious!
One of my favourite things to eat when on holiday in Cyprus is sandwich…not just any sandwich, but a toasted in Greek bread, Lounza and Halloumi Sandwich. Lounza is smoked pork loin, and halloumi is a Cypriot cheese. As a child I remember holidays to Cyprus and walking along the seafront where my dad would always buy us these tasty sandwiches. Unfortunately the store had sold out of the rolls that I had wanted to use, so had to buy this tear apart loaf instead. But I got around it by creating one giant sandwich and cutting into pieces.
For sweet, I bought some baklava.
For drinks I made a Virgin Sangria.
As well as another non-alcoholic fruit cocktail that I called a Pomatini.
And that concludes our Eurovision Song Contest Party, 2012! Next year the contest will be held in Sweden, so that’s just crying out for a Swedish theme to mix things up a little bit as I’ve done similar foods for the last two years.
I will be posting recipes for some of the dishes I served, so please stay tuned!