Last night Sweden hosted the EuroVision Song Contest, it's become a tradition for Trevor and I to cook a dish from the host country to enjoy before settling down to the show.
I've always been a EuroVision fan, I think it stems from the fact that my Dad used to let us stay up late to watch the results. When we were little that was a massive treat, we even had real branded Mars bars too. Let me tell you a late night Mars bar after our usual bedtime was very exciting and we'd be bouncing off the walls, giddy with delight and probably sugar by the time the results were announced.
We made Swedish meatballs back in 2013 when Sweden were hosting. The inspiration for that probably came from the Ikea meatballs and lingon berry jam. This year we had to do a little more research and found recipes for gravlax with sauce, kroppkakor (a potato dumpling), followed by Swedish princess cake.
We made the dumplings too thick and we thought that adding herbs or cheese to the mash would have given them more flavour. If we hadn't been looking for a recipe to match with the EuroVision we'd never have thought of boiling potatoes after they were mashed so it's opened a whole new line of kitchen experimentation for us. Plus, we had very full stomachs to set us up for a boozy night of EuroVision fun.
When did you last try a new recipe?
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