Nothing unites the world in excitement and anticipation quite like football. This summer, 32 widely diverse nations will come together in Russia – players and fans, there and at home, united by national pride and a mutual passion. The familiar sport, with a more international flavour.
What better way to celebrate the diversity, and unity of the football tournament, than by bringing an international flavour to your meal times during the tournament? As the only home nation competing in Russia this summer, we’ve explored some of the national dishes from the countries in England’s qualifying group – Belgium, Panama and Tunisia. Though none are particularly renowned for their cuisine, we’ve discovered some delicious and easy-to-prepare meals which can help you bring the excitement of football to the dinner table this summer.
Tunisia - Tunisian Food to kick off with
England’s tournament begins on the 18th June against Tunisia - a great excuse to bring some North African delights to the dinner table that evening, ahead of the 7pm kick off. Tunisian food is inspired by Mediterranean flavours, but Tunisia has, over time, been ruled by many different civilisations creating quite the culinary mix.
The national dish of Tunisia is couscous, known as “Kosksi”. Colourful and light, this is a tasty addition to any summer dinner party. Traditionally served with lamb, combine couscous, green peppers, potatoes, carrots and chickpeas with a sauce flavoured with cinnamon, paprika, tomato paste and Harissa. An easy to prepare dish with a fiery finish, perfect to build up excitement ahead of the opening game.