Food & Wine

Eating & Drinking our way around the World (Cup) – Part 3

The Netherlands vs Chile (2-0)

Yesterday, Holland played Chile… and instead of doing what a lot of people did (judging by Facebook posts) we didn’t cook a Chilli Con Carne (which is Mexican, anyway!!)

Instead we went for a spicy Pebre Sauce with bread whilst watching the match:

Pembre Sauce and Jote (red wine with coke)

Pebre Sauce, bread and Jote (red wine with coke)

This was accompanied by Jote (red wine and coke – sounds disgusting, tastes surprisingly good.) With Chilean wine… of course!!

For our main we dined on Plateada – a Chilean Pot Roast with spicy mash. According to the recipe I found, Plateada is among the 10 most popular home cooked dishes in Chile. It involves taking the rib cap of a piece of beef and slow cooking it in a marinade of red wine vinegar, garlic and seasoning… and NOT adding any water! Otherwise you get the appearance, consistency and flavour of boiled meat!

Into the mash we added butter, milk, seasoning, low-fat crème fraîche, 3 green chillies, a pot of smeerkaas sambal (spread cheese with sambal, available from Dutch supermarkets) plus the green part of some spring onions. (John and Greg from Masterchef UK would kill me – they hate spring onions in mash – but we enjoyed it anyway!!)

On the side was an Ensalada Chilena – an Onion & Tomato Chilean salad made with coriander, lime juice, olive oil and plenty of seasoning!

We also drank Fanschop which is a glass filled with half beer and half Fanta! Again… not as gross as you might expect…

Are you ready for your close-up?

Are you ready for your close-up?

And how did it taste?? Bloody awesome. The meat was soooo tender (after being cooked for 3+ hours) and the salad was really tangy and fresh. We’ll definitely be making these dishes again!!

Next on the cards is Holland vs Mexico on Sunday 29th June ! Bit of a shame because we’re big Mexican food fans already and eat it regularly, so we were actually hoping for Brazil… but it’s a good excuse to make a Mexican dish we haven’t tried before. (If we can find one that is!!)


Hayley x

Eating & Drinking our way around the World (Cup) – Part 2

Last night was Holland vs Australia… and everyone knows the score, right? The Netherlands won 3-2… but enough about football 😉 This is about the food and drink which accompanied the match!

Beer Can Chicken and Shrimp (Prawns)

Beer Can Chicken and Shrimp (Prawns)

Beer Can Chicken – We’d never cooked this before so we used a combination of two recipes (from and the Food Network). The basis was to use a rub on the chicken skin (I also put some underneath the skin) put garlic and lemon slices inside the beer can (once you’d drunk about a 1/3 of it) and then baste the chicken as it cooked. We used a combination of honey, garlic and paprika!! Yum!

Beer Can Chicken and Australian Grilled Shrimp on the Barbie

Beer Can Chicken and Australian Grilled Shrimp on the Barbie

Australian Grilled Shrimp on the Barbie – I found this recipe on and it seemed a good match for us as we’re both garlic fiends! I skipped the butter and the olive oil though (we have wedding outfits to think of!!) and the shallots because we didn’t have any. It didn’t matter, the result was delicious and so simple!

Holland vs Australia

Holland vs Australia

The prawns (as we say in England) were a welcome “starter” and went perfectly with the Australian Chardonnay (Camden Park.) We picked up this bottle on special offer at our local AH, funnily enough they had a whole end display of wine from Brazil, Spain, Australia and Chile (Brazil is where it’s being held of course, plus the 3 opponents of the Netherlands in Group B) … although no signage or anything to explain how clever they’d been. Missed a trick there I reckon!

And the end result… with some “vegetable kebabs” to accompany it. Lekkerrrrrrrrrrrrrr! 

I like big butts and I cannot lie...

I like big butts and I cannot lie…

Next: Holland vs Chile on Monday 23rd June @ 6pm… we have a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc already in the wine rack… now for the grub!  Thinking caps on…

Hayley x