I’ve never been into sports.
Baseball. Football. Basketball. Hockey. Soccer
None of them.
But there is something about being in Germany during the World Cup that makes me passionate about soccer (affectionately called football throughout the remainder of this post.)
The last few days have been busy enough with work and life… but throw the World Cup in there and I really have no time.
No time to blog. No time to work out. No time to even think of new and exciting things to eat.
I do have time to get together with friends, eat, drink, cheer, scream, jump around, and laugh.
Basically, I have time to LIVE!!!
Last night I did my living at my friend Kate’s house. She had a bunch of people over to watch the England vs. USA game.
There were only 2 of us Americans…. and about 20 English.
Luckily we had a lovely German girl to cheer on our side!
Let’s just say it made for a fun game. Especially since their Goal Keeper scored a point for the US, making the game tie.
A draw is a victory for the USA but certainly a total loss for England.
Regardless of the poor performance by the English team, the cooking performance by my English hosts was certainly World Cup worthy!
The tiny red spotted grill is their dedicated vegetarian grill.
My contributions to the feast included watermelon salsa, guacamole, spring rolls and peanut sauce.
- 3 ripe avocados
- 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 small bunch cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 tomato, chopped
- cumin, salt, pepper to taste
All smashed up together.
I should have made more because this stuff was gone in no time at all.
Fresh Watermelon Salsa
This was wonderful! The watermelon was a wonderful treat. Many people didn’t notice the watermelon until I mentioned it was in there.
Strange but true.
Spring Rolls with Spicy Peanut Butter Sauce
I followed Iowa Girl’s step-by-step instructions. She’s a genius. If you want to make these spring rolls, head over to her website.
These rolls included:
- rice noodles
I didn’t have all the ingredients for Kristin’s sauce, so tried to mimic her recipe with ingredients I had on hand.
Spicy Peanut Butter Sauce
- 4 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp. raw sugar
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 4 tsp. soy sauce
- 4 heaping tsp. peanut butter
- 1 tsp. Thai sweet chili sauce
- 1 Tbsp. corn starch dissolved in 2 Tbsp. hot water
Mix all ingredients together and microwave 1 min. 30 seconds, stirring half-way.
I made a ton and they were all eaten, a great sign of a good recipe!