Last night was Eurovision! For anyone not in Europe, it's a big festival of tackiness. Each country submits a song and holds a phone vote on the night. The winner hosts the party the following year.
My sister hosts a party for this event where her and her friends choose a country (by pulling the names out of a hat) then have to come in fancy dress from the country. I am not sure how far you have to take the game.
My boyfriend and I play trying to find food and drink from countries. We then watch Eurovision with the score sheet to choose our own favourites.
This year I phoned him at work and asked him to pick a number - which corresponded to a country on my sheet. He ended up picking: Finland, Azerbaijan, UK and Portugal.
So we went to a specialist beer shop and he got a variety of beers.
We went to the supermarket where I bought Portuguese green wine (which is my new absolute favourite thing... I want more!!).
I made up a menu from recipes I found on the Internet.
Portuguese - Salad with Portuguese sausage.
Azerbaijan - Fried Chicken with stewed apricots and raisins served with saffron rice.
Finland - Apricot Star Pastries.
Snacks: UK - so anything we fancied!
We had the salad and it was delicious. I then couldn't be bothered with making the main as we were full up anyway so I'll make it tonight. Around 11pm I thought I'd make the pastries (cheating by using shop bought pastry) but discovered that my boyfriend had bought frozen pastry and had left it in the freezer.
So there's still a feast left for us tonight.
I'll post some videos: The winner, the worst and the UK entry. Maybe also my favourite (Latvia - pirate song.. .hilarious!)
Winner - Russia
Worst (though Germany was also awful) - Spain
UK - I thought it was quite good, but we got almost no points.