World Cup Weekend 1

I’m not a football fan and having to put up with World Cup matches on practically all the tie (especially on my birthday) doesn’t exactly make me happy. So, to make the next four weeks more bearable, I’m setting myself World Cup recipe challenges. Twice a week I’m making a recipe for one of the countries laying that day.

First up was something for Saturday and a baking recipe. Biscuits seemed to be the safest bet with a couple of South American countries playing and Australia. I settled on Alfajores, a sweet crumbly biscuit from Argentina. I managed to find a relatively simple recipe here. Although it may not be a traditional recipe, not coated in coconut (a no no for Mr W) or be filled with the delicious dulce de leche, it was still a good substitute. One criticism is that the filling was too soft and with the slightly warmer temperatures, could not survive out of the fridge for longer than 10 minutes.

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The final recipe for week one was in honour of Germany. I managed to find a recipe for German Meatballs with Spaetzle. The meatballs, serves four, were made using 500g beef mince, handful of breadcrumbs, an egg and seasoned with dried oregano and seasoning. Mix together and shape into meatballs before browning in a pan. I then made a mushroom and sour cream sauce to go with it. In the same pan as the meatballs, brown some onions before dding a handful of sliced mushrooms and 500ml beef stock. Simmer for 30 minutes. Mix 150ml soured cream with 1 tablespoon flour and add to the sauce. Stir through and simmer until thickened. Finish with some chopped fresh parsley.

Meanwhile, make the spaetzle (simple egg noodles). To serve two, combine 1 cup of plain flour with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Add one beaten egg and 1/2 cup of milk and beat well before resting for at least 10 minutes. Place a colander or a steaming pan over a pan of boiling salted water. Press the batter through the colander/steamer using a spatula and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and serve with the meatballs.

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This meal reminded me of when we went to Munich for Oktoberfest. Better suited for winter when you want home comforts as opposed to summer but never mind.

Looking forward to this weekends challenge 🙂

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