Sunday, June 17, 2018

World Cup 2018: Spain vs Portugal

The team from Portugal made drawing against Spain look easy, or rather Ronaldo made it look easy. I had hoped for a win from Spain but on the day that looked rather doubtful. Spain had sacked their manager just before the tournament started and although they may have felt this was the only option, I hope they asked the players before they did it, but some how I doubt it.

So the chosen cocktail for this match, 'Adios Amigos', which was chosen in hope of Spain beating Portugal, turned out to have a different meaning.

To make this martini style drink you will need:

1 shot Bacardi light rum
1/2 shot Martell cognac
1/2 shot dry gin
1/2 shot dry vermouth
1/4 shot freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 shot sugar syrup
1/2 shot chilled water

Shake all of the ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.

This is rather punchy on the alcohol. I sipped mine slowly but was still feeling rather sleepy by the time I reached the bottom of my glass.

The dish for this match was a Russian salmon pie or 'Kulebiaka'. Perhaps more traditionally made with a yeasted dough, I have only ever made this with puff pastry (bought pastry at that). The pie is made up of layers of cooked rice or buckwheat, fried onion and mushroom, dill and parsley, salmon fillets and hard boiled egg, all moistened by little sour cream. It is a rather splendid thing to both look at and to eat.

It may be a rather British thing but pies and football seem to go well together.

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