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World Cup Challenge 2014 – 32 Dishes. 32 Countries. 32 Days!

World Cup Challenge 2014 – 32 Dishes. 32 Countries. 32 Days!

Before the World Cup started I had what at the time seemed like a great idea; to cook a dish from every country competing before the end of the tournament. 32 dishes from 32 countries in 32 days. Sounds easy right?

It turned out to be more of a challenge than I’d anticipated, I didn’t take into account how often I eat out, I didn’t have the opportunity to do one dish per day so ended up doubling up several times.

There were days when I really couldn’t be bothered making anything special but had to in order to keep on track. I’m glad I stuck to it though, I finished and completed the challenge in time – just one hour before the final started! Ending with finalists and favourites Germany, as if it was planned all along. I had a lot of fun along the way too and made some great dishes that I wouldn’t know about otherwise, plus I discovered some amazing new ingredients such as orange blossom water, dried limes and sweet potato noodles.

Besides the challenge and foodie aspect it was also an attempt to get my kids interested in the World Cup and learning about the countries involved. It seemed to work, my 6 year old in particular now has a great knowledge of flags (although his cutting skills leave a lot to be desired as you may notice in a couple of the photos).

Here are all 32 dishes:

Algeria

El ham lahlou: Slow cooked lamb stew with chickpeas, dates and orange blossom water. Served with couscous.

El ham lahlou

El ham lahlou

Australia

Anzac Biscuits: Traditional biscuits named after the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) established in World War I.

Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Biscuits

Argentina

Ribeye Steak & Chimmichuri: Served with Hasselback potatoes (which are Swedish, sadly Sweden didn’t make the World Cup).

Ribeye Steak & Chimmichuri

Ribeye Steak & Chimmichuri

Belgium

Belgian Waffles: With bananas, cream & dark chocolate sauce.

Belgian Waffles

Belgian Waffles

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Cevapi with ajvar: Grilled minced meat (cevapi) with ajvar (red pepper & aubergine sauce) and a quick onion pickle.

Cooking Cevapcici

Cooking Cevapcici

In wraps the first time…

Cevapcici & Ajvar Wrap

Cevapcici & Ajvar Wrap

But liked them so much we made them again the next day and put them in pittas.

Cevapcici & Ajvar Pitta

Cevapcici & Ajvar Pitta

Brazil

Galinhada: Brazilian chicken stew with saffron rice. Washed down with several Caipirinhas (naturally).

Galinhada

Galinhada

Cameroon

Marinated Mackerel with Plantain & Jollof Rice.

Marinated Mackeral with Plantain & Jollolf Rice

Marinated Mackerel with Plantain & Jollof Rice

Costa Rica

Chorreadas (sweetcorn fritters) & Costa Rican Tomato & Avocado Salad.

Costa Rican Tomato Salad

Costa Rican Tomato Salad

Chorreadas & Costa Rican Tomato Salad

Chorreadas & Costa Rican Tomato Salad

Croatia

Brodet: Croatian fish stew; mackerel, salmon & sardines in red wine.

Brodet

Brodet

Chile

Mackerel Escabeche: Lightly cooked mackerel marinated overnight in a pickling liquid with lots of spices. Served with griddled sourdough and a spinach & rocket salad.

Mackerel Escabeche

Mackerel Escabeche

Colombia

Arepa’s: Topped with black beans slow cooked in IPA beer & feta with guacamole, salsa and griddled sweetcorn.

Arepa's, IPA Spiked Black Beans, Guacamole, Salsa & Sweetcorn

Arepa’s, IPA Spiked Black Beans, Guacamole, Salsa & Sweetcorn

Ecuador

Llapingauchos: Fried spicy potato cakes, topped with tomato curtido (salsa) avocado, fried eggs & hot sauce.

Llapingauchos

Llapingauchos

England

English Picnic: Including sandwiches, asparagus tart, cherry tomato tart, cheese & oatcakes, sausages and cake. We ended up eating it indoors though as it rained (of course).

English Picnic

English Picnic

France

Apple Tarte Tatin: With calvados syrup.

Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin

Germany

Bratwurst with Sauerkraut, Chicken Schnitzel, Pretzels & Beer.

Bratwurst with Sauerkraut, Chicken Schnitzel & Pretzels

Bratwurst with Sauerkraut, Chicken Schnitzel & Pretzels

Bratwurst with Sauerkraut, Chicken Schnitzel, Pretzels & Beer

Bratwurst with Sauerkraut, Chicken Schnitzel, Pretzels & Beer

Greece

Moussaka

Moussaka

Moussaka

Ghana

Chicken & Jollof Rice: Crispy spiced chicken with scotch bonnet laced jollof rice.

Chicken & Jollof Rice

Chicken & Jollof Rice

Honduras

Baleadas: Wraps topped with refried beans, chorizo, fried egg, avocado & hot sauce.

Baleadas

Baleadas

Holland

Wentelteefjes: Essentially Dutch version of ‘French Toast’.

Wentelteefjes

Wentelteefjes

Iran

Iranian Vegetable Stew: An Ottolenghi recipe, made with with dried limes & barberries.

Iranian Vegetable Stew with Dried Limes & Barberries

Iranian Vegetable Stew

Ivory Coast

Kedjenou: One pot, slow cooked chicken with aubergine, chilli, ginger etc.. Served with rice & plantain crisps.

Kedjenou

Kedjenou

Italy

Pizza: Homemade base & tomato sauce. Topped with pepperoni, onion, courgette, mozzarella, basil & fennel seeds.

Pizza

Pizza

Japan

Japanese feast: Including homemade sushi (salmon & avocado uramaki), miso soup. edamame & pickled daikon.

Homemade Sushi

Homemade Sushi

Sushi, Miso Soup, Edamame & Pickled Daikon.

Sushi, Miso Soup, Edamame & Pickled Daikon.

Mexico

Mixed Bean Enchiladas, Spinach Quesadillas & Guacamole.

Mixed Bean Enchiladas

Mixed Bean Enchiladas

Spinach Quesadillas & Guacamole

Spinach Quesadillas & Guacamole

Nigeria

Akara Mboro: Sort of banana doughnuts.

Akara Mboro

Akara Mboro

Portugal

Peri-Peri chicken served with sweet potato mash. ‘Algarve Salad’ which we ate everywhere on holiday a couple of years ago but couldn’t find a recipe for so created from memory. Pastéis de Nata (Portuguese Custard Tarts) for dessert.

Whole Peri-Peri Chicken

Whole Peri-Peri Chicken

'Algarve Salad'

‘Algarve Salad’

Pastéis de Nata

Pastéis de Nata

Peri-Peri Chicken

Peri-Peri Chicken

Russia

Russian Salad: Warm salad of potato, carrot, peas & pickles.

Russian Salad

Russian Salad

South Korea

Japchae: Sweet potato noodle stir fry with tofu and shiitake mushrooms.

Japchae

Japchae

Switzerland

Pan-fried venison in chocolate & grape sauce with a giant potato rosti. Followed by Toblerone, naturally.

Venison, Chocolate & Grape Sauce

Venison, Chocolate & Grape Sauce

Spain

Spanish Tapas: Including spinach tortilla, smashed chickpeas, serrano wrapped asparagus, stuffed peppers & aioli.

Spanish Tapas

Spanish Tapas

USA

Burgers: Home made beef patties, cooked medium rare; topped with onions, cheese, mustard, ketchup & pickles in a brioche bun.

Burgers

Burgers

Uruguay

Chivito: The national dish of Uruguay, essentially a giant steak sandwich filled with boiled eggs, salad and mayo. Served with a spicy Uruguayan bean salad.

Chivito & Uruguayan Bean Salad

Chivito & Uruguayan Bean Salad

Phew!

I’m impressed with myself for sticking with it and doing all 32. I’ve enjoyed eating pretty much all of the dishes, favourites include the Iranian vegetable stew, Dutch Wentelteefjes and Ecuadorian Llapingauchos. I’ll definitely be making many of them again.

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2 comments

  1. That looks brilliant, well done for doing them all. Couple of recipes I’m after too!

  2. Cheers mate. Just let me know which and they’re yours!

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