Game day foods! In the spirit of today's 2018 FIFA World Cup final I thought it would be fitting to prepare snacks that are culturally appropriate to the two remaining teams, of course with a sprinkle of some Indian spices for good measure (and for good flavour!). And around here, we're all about flavour.
I don't know too much about football, but what I do know is I'm very much into food! And on days like these, the most fun for me is to pick a favourite team, 'become a fan' and to jump-on-the-bandwagon if you will...albeit on the last day! A part of getting into the spirit is definitely the food. And everything always seems to come back to the food! :)
I was looking to see what foods are enjoyed at soccer games in different countries and came across this list of "What do Europe's football fans eat?" and discovered Galette-Saucisse for the first time. Galette-Saucisse is a common street food eaten in France, consisting of a pork sausage wrapped in a Breton galette, a warm or cold buckwheat crepe. There is cheese inside and it's served with mustard. It's a perfect hand-held food for a game.
I made my version with a vegan sausage and added Arvinda's Curry Powder to both my crepe batter and mixed it into the mustard, taking a subtle hint from the German tradition of currywurst. I added optional fillings for more flavour including red onion, green chili and cilantro. For a traditionalist, this may be a bit overboard but I tend to always opt for more flavour. Tasting this for the first time, I was impressed how delicious it was considering its simplicity.
I have to support the Croatian team too! :) I made a really quick snack of Tandoori Spiced Sunflower Seeds with Lime. Incredibly addictive and offering some good sustenance for a 90-minute game, I can see why this is a popular snack to eat at a soccer match in Croatia, or anywhere in the world for that matter.
These seeds are an amazing topper on any salad or delicious sprinkled on top of warm steamed vegetables, so keep that in mind too and consider making a double batch!
Now that the food is sorted out, cheers to both teams - and may the best one win!
GALETTE-SAUCISSE with a CURRY TWIST
Method of Preparation:
1) In a medium bowl whisk crepe ingredients together. Refrigerate for one hour.
2) Heat a non-stick skillet on medium-high. Add butter (or oil) and 1/2 cup of batter. Swirl batter around skillet to create a round crepe with even thickness. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Continue with remaining batter.
3) Mix ARVINDA'S CURRY POWDER into mustard.
4) To assemble, place sausage in crepe, top with cheese, red onion, green chili and cilantro, and drizzle with curried mustard. Roll and enjoy!
Yield = 12-14 crepes
1 CUP buckwheat or soft whole wheat flour
1/4 CUP rice flour
2 CUP whole milk
1 TSP. salt
1 TSP. ARVINDA'S CURRY POWDER
6-8 (vegan) sausages, cooked
1 CUP grated cheese (of your choice)
1 small red onion, finely chopped (optional)
1 small green chili, finely chopped (optional)
1 TBSP. cilantro, finely chopped (optional)
1/4 CUP mustard
3/4 TSP. ARVINDA'S CURRY POWDER
TANDOORI SPICED SUNFLOWER SEEDS
Method of Preparation:
1) In a large skillet, heat oil on medium-high heat. Blend in ARVINDA'S TANDOORI MASALA.
2) Add sunflower seeds and gently fold in with spices. Garnish with a squeeze of lime.
4 CUP sunflower seeds, slightly roasted
1 TBSP. oil
1 TBSP. ARVINDA'S TANDOORI MASALA
1 lime wedge