|Straight from Abigail's Party|
Anyhow, today's pick was Senegal who held Team GB to a one-all draw in the opening men's football match. They're fielding 35 athletes across a variety of disciplines, having come a long way since Tokyo in 1964 where they were exclusively involved in athletics. (Thanks to the London 2012 website!) Located on the coast of West Africa, and with a population of just under 13m, Senegal's cuisine is largely influenced by French, Portugese and North African cooking.
The recipe I selected today is a starter to a menu for dinner for eight. I wanted something I could make for lunch and I just loved how delightfully Seventies the dish is. Basically, it's a posher version of prawn cocktail with avocado, eggs, chickpeas, tomatoes and peppers thrown in. The recipe says that it's a bit complicated. The most complicated part was dragging all the ingredients from their various locations and then attempting to follow the faffy plating up. I've admitted before that my presentation was lacking so in some ways it was refreshing having someone instructing me exactly what to do but even then I did my own thing - using three Little Gem leaves rather than a pile of shredded lettuce and adding an extra quarter of egg to keep the 'power of three' layout evenly balanced.
|Flag of Senegal|
Taste wise, it was an interesting combination. The avocado, lemon and yogurt worked well. The chickpeas were a bit of a curve ball and not something I'd look to do again in a hurry but they bulked it out nicely to make a decent lunch. I liked the vibrant reds and yellows as prawn cocktail, much as I love it, can often look a bit insipid.
Probably a bronze in the grand scheme of things. You can find the recipe here.