Spain vs Russia

June 27, 2008

Garlic chicken

The Spanish Plate
Chicken in garlic sauce with baked potatoes


little m
4.5 stars

Spain is the new black. Italy is out, and Spain is in. It is fast becoming one of my favourite cuisines. So here’s to getting through to the finals! Another winning dish – it just needed another veg side to make it a perfect score. The baked potatoes are always a crowd pleaser, and the chicken was surprisingly not too garlicky. Just right.

Big M
4.5 stars (plate)

A night off on the drinking.

Another Spanish winner. You are supposed to use sherry in the dish but we substituted it with Rosso vermouth! It worked for us as the chicken is very tender after only 20 minutes of simmering. The potatoes were a simple par boil then mix in with olive oil and salt and into the oven 220 degrees Celsius for 25 minutes.

Portugal vs Germany

June 21, 2008

potuguese wine

The Portuguese Cup
Quinta Das Seten Costas Alenquer 2005


custard tart

The Portuguese Plate
Prego no pao – Portuguese garlic steak burger
Pastéis de Nata – Custard tart


little m
3.5 stars

This morning we didn’t know what we having for dinner, so it was a bit of panic when we arrived home and quickly had to agreed on what to eat and then buy the appropriate groceries! Fortunately, I’d found a low effort recipe for Portuguese burgers, that contain a steak “nailed” with garlic (garlic inserted into holes in the steak) and red wine. The garlic may be a little overpowering for some, but I really enjoyed these.

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that the Pastéis de Nata (custard tarts) are from Nandos! Although I’m pleased to report that they weren’t too sugary. Just right.

Big M
3.5 stars (cup)
4 stars (plate)

If you prefer the French and Spanish wines to Australian then you will love this Portuguese bottle. This is what I like to think as a red wine rather than a purple wine. It tastes of the earth rather than a plum. This would go well in a Sangria too.
3 and half stars.

The simplicity of the steak burger really worked for me. No soggy tomato or lettuce, just meat garlic and onion. The garlic does not cook so I recommend taking the garlic out of the steak, unless you love raw garlic. I think adopting the garlic into the Aussie BBQ’d steak sandwich is a winner.
4 stars.