Germany vs. Argentina
Friday, July 4th
Initially, we thought we’d have to bring in a projector so I made some large flag window coverings for our narrower side windows. The flags are made of felt which come in widths of 72″ so I used that as the length of the flag. The width of both flags is approximately 30.5″. The flags are double sided constructed with four pieces of felt sewn together.
Candies in the colors of the flag: licorice, hot tamales, and lemon heads. The only decoration referencing Argentina was a candle decorated with a felt Argentinian flag for a candle holder shaped like a sinking ship. All we need now is an imitation World Cup trophy.
Before the game, we had a BBQ of some bratwurst and some side salads including gurkensalat (German style cucumber salad), sauerkraut, soccer salmon onigiri, lentil salad , fennel salad with grapefruit and walnuts, and for dessert I made a fruit tart and tapicoa.
Cucumbers, salt, sour cream or yogurt, vinegar, dill, pepper
The cucumbers are very thinly sliced (I used a mandolin), salted and left to sweat. Drain and squeeze out the water. Season to taste with sour cream or yogurt, vinegar, dill, and pepper.
Sauerkraut, white wine, bay leaf, apple
In a pot, my husband added to sauerkraut from a jar some white wine, bay leaf, and some sliced of apple and let simmer for 20 minutes.
Soccer Salmon Onigiri
I referenced the recipe from JustOneCookbook to season broiled salmon using sake, soy sauce, sugar, ginger, sesame seeds and some perilla leaves (instead of shiso) from my garden. I used a brown and white rice mix and shaped the rice balls using plastic wrap. The seaweed shapes were made by cutting a hexagon template.
(The previous week for the semi-final vs. France we had a brunch which included banana stuffed french toast because as my husband said “the French are toast”.)
Of course, the best part was the victory by Germany!
Final score ~ 1:0 in overtime.