When I get asked what inspires my cooking my answer is always the same “Everything inspires me!” Sure seasonal ingredients are the biggest influence on what I’m going to cook followed by my Portuguese Heritage. Another huge influence is what is happening in my personal life as well as the world around me. With that said how could I ignore one of the biggest events happening at the moment? The World Cup is a HUGE deal in my Portuguese family, there have been so many conversations about FIFA, the teams and the World Cup in general that I don’t have to get up at 2am to watch a game as I know that I’m going to hear a blow by blow recount of the game several times. Now on the odd occasion that I will get up at 2am to watch a game there is only one requirement, and that is….. FOOD! If I’m getting up at ‘crazy’ o’clock to watch sport, there better be food involved!
To celebrate the World Cup I haven’t chosen an ingredient instead I have picked 5 Nations competing in the competition and have put my own spin on their food to create the perfect World Cup Snacks! Some of the countries I have chosen are obvious choices for me and others aren’t but I chose them as (like all of you) I wanted to learn about new cuisines, I also wanted to represent each all of the qualifies. So here are the 5 countries I have chosen:
Join me in celebrating the World Cup and discover some great food along the way!