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Like many readers of The Adequacy, I've noticed that a football competition is nearing it's conclusion.
As a global citizen, I like to feel involved in this event - and I've decided that focusing on cuisine is one way to truly appreciate the global game. Fortunately I'm in a similar time zone to Korea/Japan and matches are therefore scheduled during usual eating hours (I'm not attempting this at 4am!).
Here's how I'm approaching the second round matches:
England v Denmark
In honour of Denmark's massive contribution to cuisine I contemplated an open sandwich with shrimps, smoked salmon, marinated herring, smoked herring and egg yolk, radishes and chives, smoked eel with scrambled egg, pork with red cabbage, apples and prunes, and liver paste with pickled cucumber. [Not all in the one sandwich]. A danish pastry seemed a fair compromise.
Senegal v. Sweden
The second half of the game saw my plate graced with some Yassa, a traditional Senegalese dish. Yassa begins with chicken, lamb or fish that is marinated in peanut oil and lemon. It is grilled, then stewed, then served over rice with an onion-lemon sauce and a fresh hot chile paste. I went the fish (my partner is a vegequarian - only eats veges and seafood).
Spain v Ireland
Grazing away on some tapas in the second half. Love the spicy sausage and grilled baby octupus in garlic!
Mexico v USA
Then the hard yards - maybe a chilli dog, or a big slice of pie, washed down with enormous quantities of Coca-Cola or Budweiser. I sincerely hope Mexico gets through this match.
Brazil v Belgium
Hmmm, the famous cuisine of Belgium. I'm going to cheat and make Belgium waffles I think. Perhaps I'm getting lazy.
Japan v Turkey
I feel that I should be out buying food from street vendors to get the Turkish feel happening properly, but will probably settle for some kebabs and Baklava (and some strong coffee).
Sth Korea vs Italy
A pasta dish washed down with a red sounds a bit boring for second half fare - perhaps some veal might substitute. With some gelati to cleanse the overworked palate.
But I need your help. Adequacy food or sports nuts - how can I improve my
World Cup experience? Local knowledge / 'authentic' recipe suggestions welcomed. I'd like to think that by the final my cooking
skills will be as polished as Henrik Larsson's head, and my stomach as full as David Beckham's haircut is bad.