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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The official meal of Euro 2012?

The thing about Euro 2012 - and indeed many other major sporting events - is that you get used to having at least one match to watch every day.

Today is the first day with no game since the tournament started, and I feel at a bit of a loss, even though it's only one day without football and the Quarter-Finals begin tomorrow.

England expects... to choke
And we still have England's inevitable exit on penalties to look forward to, if indeed one can look forward to something which will be predictably dispiriting.

It's coming home, it's coming home, it's coming, football's coming home... ah, maybe not.

But it's been a fairly entertaining tourney thus far, and in honour of this I've decided that shortly before the final I will devise and cook a new recipe, inspired by the cuisine of the two countries that make it through to contest the game.

So, if it's Spain v Germany battling it out in Kiev next Sunday, as many people think it might be, I'll be cooking something like a Bratwurst Paella.

Or it could be Escargot Moussaka. Or (in our wildest dreams) Roast Beef in Pilsner. But not Sauerkraut Tagliatelle, obviously, because Germany and Italy are in the same half of the draw and can't meet in the final.

You get the idea, I'm sure. And I know you're looking forward to hearing about it.

I'm looking forward to cooking it!

1 comment:

  1. Great idea. Looking forward to it already.


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