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Catering to the World Cup

 

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Each year we plan a visit to Brooklyn to see our son, Travis.  When we suggested that this year June was a good time for us, we got a most definitive, unwavering response: “well, you really can’t come after June 14, because that’s when The World Cup begins and I’ll be too busy watching it.”

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Guess what team we’ll be rooting for

Travis has been to several World Cups – Brazil in 2014, Germany in 2006, the U.S. in 1994.  In 1990 he watched the World Cup on television in Germany, as they defeated Argentina in Italy.  Travis and Andy were in Amsterdam in 2010 to watch the World Cup being hosted in South Africa (clearly, that’s a long story – which Andy addresses in today’s Andy’s Corner).  However, not surprisingly, the lure of a trip to Russia to watch the 2018 World Cup was not great, especially since the U.S. – for the first time in 32 years – will not be a part of the competition.

Soccer (football, if you’re British, fútbol, if you’re from Mexico) has always been high on our family’s “to-do” list.  I even played one game of soccer once with a bunch of slightly-older women and think I could have been a high school star had soccer been a sport either girls or guys played back in my Fort Collins High School days.

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Sara got to play soccer, even if I didn’t.  Andy’s selection of the “Sparklers” team name has been referenced in the Deseran family history under “Bad Choices We Have Made!”

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Travis and the Baton Rouge Tigers soccer team – circa 1979; intimidating-looking group, no?

We never want to be political on this blog (HA!  Of course, we WANT to be political, but we try not to be).  Even though our DNA says we should be supporting Sweden (me) and England (Andy), we’ll be rooting for Mexico all the way.  But the odds are against them.  Soccerbot – whatever that is – says that Germany is predicted to win, with Brazil and France being strong contenders.

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The first WC game we’ll be (anxiously) watching is a big one: Germany vs Mexico, June 17, at 8 am our time.  The final game of this year’s World Cup will be played in Moscow on Sunday, July 15, also at 8 am Pacific time, 11 am in Brooklyn.  Since those of us in the U.S. will have to watch these games during breakfast – or brunch, we’re offering up suggestions for your Breakfast of Champions World Cup/Copa Mundial Get-together.

We’ve got celebratory recipes to cover all possibilities:  Mexico, Germany, Brazil, France….unless, of course, it’s a total upset.

Beverages

France: Kir (a glass of chilled sparkling wine with 2 tsp of chilled Creme de Cassis mixed in)

Mexico: Michelada (see recipe below)  and Jugo Verde

Brazil: Peets “Brazil Minas Naturais” Coffee

Germany – Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen beer

Little Bites

France: Chouquettes (pastry puffs) – see recipe below

Brazil:  Pão de Queijo (cheese bread) – see recipe below

Main Breakfast Dishes

Germany: Apfelpfannkuchen – German Apple Pancakes  (make the batter ahead of the game – even the evening before and then refrigerate – omit the apples, if you wish,  and pop it in the hot oven about 1/2 hour before you want to eat)

Mexico: Super Simple Molletes  – Mexican Toasted Cheese Sandwich with Lazy Day Salsa (make the salsa a day ahead; have the molletes all put together before the game – and then toast them when you’re ready to eat)

Fruit

A World Cup Fruit Combo: apples to honor Germany, strawberries for France, pineapple for Brazil and jicama for Mexico.  A dab of sweetened yogurt on top, preferably Noosa “Honey” yogurt, made in Fort Collins, Colorado!   Cut up the fruit the day before the game and add a squeeze of lime juice.

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