Who’s For Dinner at #WorldCup2014? Food from Group G

Food may be one of my great loves but The World Cup comes very close! I love the World Cup and what a tournament it’s set to be in Brazil 2014! Much like sport food brings people from around the world together in unity.

To celebrate the world cup here are some of the most popular dishes from the Group G nations. You can’t lose with these delicious dishes now can you?

Which will you try or if you have tried them all what are your favourites?

Germany – Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest cake) consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream  and cherries between each layer. The cake is decorated with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries,  and chocolate shavings. Kirschwasser (a clear liquor distilled from tart cherries) is also a key ingredient the cake.

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest cake) consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream
 and cherries between each layer. The cake is decorated with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries,
and chocolate shavings. Kirschwasser (a clear liquor distilled from tart cherries) is also a key ingredient the cake. Image from www.eatsmarter.de

Portugal – Pastel de Nata

A pastel de nata is a Portuguese egg custard tart. Also known as Pastel de Belem, it is originally from a monastery in Lisbon. The original recipe is a closely guarded secret. It is rumoured that the master confectioners (mestres-pasteleiros) working at the Pastéis de Belém bakery are asked to sign an oath of secrecy. The bakery is known as “A Oficina do Segredo” (The Secret’s Room).

A pastel de nata is a Portuguese egg custard tart. Also known as Pastel de Belem, it is originally from a monastery in Lisbon. The original recipe is a closely guarded secret. It is rumoured that the master confectioners (mestres-pasteleiros) working at the Pastéis de Belém bakery are asked to sign an oath of secrecy. The bakery is known as “A Oficina do Segredo” (The Secret’s Room).

Ghana – Etor

Etor, is a popular dish originating from south Ghana. It is prepared with plantain and/or with yam boiled and mashed, and mixed with palm oil. Groundnuts (Peanuts) and Eggs are used to garnish the dish. Image from ghana.peacefmonline.com

Etor, is a popular dish originating from south Ghana. It is prepared with plantain and/or with yam boiled and mashed, and mixed with palm oil. Groundnuts (Peanuts) and Eggs are used to garnish the dish.
Image from ghana.peacefmonline.com

USA – S’mores

A s'more is a traditional night time  campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada, consisting of a roasted marshmallow  and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker. National S'mores Day is celebrated yearly on August 10 in the United States.

A s’more is a traditional night time
 campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada, consisting of a roasted marshmallow
 and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker.
National S’mores Day is celebrated yearly on August 10 in the United States.

Who’s For Dinner at #WorldCup2014? Food From Group H

Food may be one of my great loves but The World Cup comes very close! I love the World Cup and what a tournament it’s set to be in Brazil 2014! Much like sport food brings people from around the world together in unity.

To celebrate the world cup here are some of the most popular dishes from the Group H nations. You can’t lose with these delicious dishes now can you?

Which will you try or if you have tried them all what are your favourites?

Belgium – Moules-frites

Moules-frites is a popular dish consisting of mussels and fries. Simple yet delicious.

Moules-frites is a popular dish consisting of mussels and fries. Simple yet delicious.

Algeria – Chakhchoukha

Chakhchoukha is a special dish often eaten for  celebrations.  The dish consists of Rougag (thin round flatbread)  served with Marga Hamra stew which contains chickpeas.

Chakhchoukha is a special dish often eaten for celebrations.
The dish consists of Rougag (thin round flatbread)
served with Marga Hamra stew which contains chickpeas.

Russia – Okroshka

Okroshka is a cold soup consisting of kvass/sour milk. It can also be made into a salad.  The main ingredients are two types of vegetables that can be mixed with cold boiled meat or fish.

Okroshka is a cold soup consisting of kvass/sour milk. It can also be made into a salad.
The main ingredients are two types of vegetables that can be mixed with cold boiled meat or fish.

Korea Republic – Kimchi

Kimchi is a traditional side dish made from fermented vegetables with a variety of seasonings. It is often described as  "spicy" or "sour". In traditional preparation kimchi is often allowed to  ferment whilst stored underground in jars for months at a time.

Kimchi is a traditional side dish made from fermented vegetables with a variety of seasonings. It is often described as
“spicy” or “sour”. In traditional preparation kimchi is often allowed to
ferment whilst stored underground in jars for months at a time.

A Merry Time at Plumstead Make Merry

I’d heard of The Plumstead Make Merry Community Festival always missed! This year however I was determined not to miss it, the twitter reminders helped (ohhhh how I love thee Twitter!)

It was a great day for a festival, the sun was shining and weather was, uhmmm sweet.

The Plumstead Make Merry Festival is a great event run entirely by volunteers and it really does bring people together. It was so nice to see all the local charities and initiatives as well as hear some great music and watch talented young dancers. I picked up some great bargains, knowing that all my money was going to a great cause.

But of course what I loved the most was food.

#Arepas

#Arepas

Isn’t it funny how when you discover something new, that you really like you suddenly see it everywhere. I had Venezuelan food not too long ago so it was great to see the Guasacaca London stall. I didn’t have a chance to taste some Arepas but they looked great!

All Things Saucy

All Things Saucy

I love my hot sauces, chutneys and jams so it was great to discover All Things Saucy, we bought some Green Chilli and Lime Jam which isn’t lasting very long…it’s so good you’d be forgiven to wanting to drink it!

Plumstead Make Merry

Plumstead Make Merry

These fruit models made me chuckle! Which one is your favourite? I hope the ship won! I didn’t eat any of these by the way…

Sensational Flava Caribbean Food

Sensational Flava Caribbean Food

2014-06-09 11.52.34 2014-06-09 11.52.36The jerk chicken at The Sensational Flavas stand was probably some of the best jerk chicken that I’ve ever tasted! It was absolutely DELICIOUS!  Everything about it was correct and of course the rice and peas and salad went with it perfectly. I’m still thinking about it!!!

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