International family recipe inspiration

Tasty treats from around the globe to enjoy while you watch the football

International Family Meal Inspiration

Though we’re all keeping our fingers crossed to see a victory for England this year, the World Cup is about so much more than just bringing home a trophy.

This international spectacle brings many countries from across the globe together into one big family, all eagerly cheering on teams from the living room sofa, no matter where you are in the world.

So to celebrate the big sporting event that the whole world is watching this summer, we’ve gathered four different international recipes for all the family to enjoy while the match is on.

Flavoursome fajitas

Fajitas are a fun dish to make as a family as you can let everyone choose their toppings to suit their own tastes. First fry up thin slices of chicken or beef (400g for a family of 4), two colourful peppers and two red onions on the hob along with chopped garlic, smoked paprika, cumin, oregano, thyme and a pinch of salt. Then warm fajita wraps in the microwave and serve up alongside the chicken and veggies and bowls of salsa, grated cheese, sour cream and guacamole, to let the whole family build their own fajitas.

Sushi time

Sushi is easier than you think to make from home, and there are endless ways to customise the fillings in these mouth-sized morsels to different tastes, from crunchy carrots and cucumber sticks to fresh smoked salmon or tinned tuna.

To get started, pick up a sushi mat, sushi rice and Nori seaweed sushi papers from your nearest Asian grocery store. Cook 60g rice per person until sticky and chop vegetable fillings into thin batons 1 inch long, adding seasoning as desired. Next, place a sheet of Nori paper onto your rolling matt and spread a thin layer of drained rice over the sheet. Place the fillings in a straight line across the middle of the rice, then use the matt to roll the sheet into a cylinder with the fillings in the centre. Finally, slice the cylinder into one inch pieces of sushi and serve up with soy dipping sauce, wasabi and pickled ginger.

Aromatic paella

Straight from the sunny coasts of Spain, paella offers a delicious combination of smoky chorizo, succulent seafood and heaps of flavourful saffron rice. To cook up this delicious dish at home, start by frying garlic, onions, chopped red pepper and chorizo in olive oil. Next, add diced chicken and 75g rice per person, frying for a few more minutes before adding 1 pint of chicken stock, half a glass of white wine, fresh thyme and salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and simmer for around 15 minutes, or until the rice is cooked, adding additional stock if the liquid boils off before the rice is ready. Stir in fresh tomatoes and add cooked prawns, fresh mussels and lemon wedges to serve.

Mouthwatering mezze

Buffet style meals always work well for a long night in front of the footie – after all, you never know when you might feel peckish again and fancy a second helping! Take inspiration from Moroccan cuisine by oven-roasting a whole chicken seasoned with turmeric, coriander and cinnamon, then serving with fluffy couscous, creamy hummus dip, mixed olives and crunchy falafel.

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