Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Day 7

A full week of cooking food from the nations that make up the Olympic family has now passed and for some reason* Team GB** still don't have a nice shiny gold medal.  We have picked up a silver in the team equestrian three day eventing and seeing Zara Philips get her medal from her mum*** has been one of my Olympic highlights so far.

Although the medal haul has been scant, todayhas seen the biggest blog haul of this Olympic Food Challenge.  Recipes from Algeria, Australia, Bhutan, Jamaica, Madagascar, Malta, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Serbia, Suriname and Tanzania have all been cooked. There have also been some backdated blogs so remember to check the NOC tab to make sure that you haven't missed out on any of the action.

*I blame the curse of Cameron
**I'm not comfortable with that name in the slightest.
***Princess Anne

Monday, 30 July 2012

Day 6

What a day of Olympic action we have had.  Blog updates have been coming in thick and fast as the second week of the Olympic Food Challenge looms ever nearer.  It has also been a hectic day of sport and one of mixed results for Team GB.  The men's gymnastic team walked away with a bronze medal after being robbed of silver.  This was still a great result having never won a medal in their Olympic history.  Sadly Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield couldn't manage the same after a poor dive* in round 3 of the synchronised 10m diving ultimatly cost them a podium finish.

Back at the Olympic food challenge, we have had recurring recipes for chimmichurri sauce and falafel, which just goes to show how small the world is after all.  Today's recipes are from American Samoa, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Costa Rica, Eritrea, Kenya and Russia.  We are one third through the Olympic Food Challenge and there is a long way still to go.  Let's hope all of the long distance training pays off.

*like I could do any better.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Day 5

The second full day of the Olympic Games gave Team GB its first medals of the games.  Lizzie Armitstead won silver in a thrilling sprint for the line in the Women's cycling road race and Rebecca Addlington won bronze against the odds in the 400m freestyle swimming.

The Olympic Food Challengers have also been performing at their peak.  Today has seen dishes from Afghanistan, Guyana, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Vietnam, none of which have as many medals as Team GB.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Day 4

After the highs of last night's opening ceremony, we have now suffered the lows of Mark Cavendish's defeat at the road race this morning.  We're not going to mope or start pointing fingers of blame.  Instead we are going to cook.

Recipes from Cape Verde, Cuba, Greece, Marshall Islands, Senegal and Venezuela have all been researched and cooked, while Great Britain's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning set a new Olympic record with a dominant victory in the first heat of the women's pair rowing at Dorney.  So there are still reasons to be cheerful.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Day 3

We are already two days into the Olympic Food Challenge and finally the Olympics have decided to join us.  This morning saw some Robin Hood action as the archers* set us all a-quiver in the individual and team ranking rounds with two World Records being smashed.

This evening we have the grand and much anticipated Opening Ceremony.  As well as seeing the teams waving their flags and taking photo's on their i-phones we have also had food from; Argentina, Canada, Columbia, Cuba, Mauritius, Niger, Slovakia and the United States of America.

*dum de dum de dum de dum, dum de dum de da da!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Day 2

We're still a day away from the extravaganza that will be Danny Boyle's opening ceremony for the Olympic Games.  The sporting action has continued with yet more football.  The English team (featuring a Welshman or two) managed to hang on for a 1-1 draw with Senegal.

Whilst all of the action has been taking place on the pitch, we have been cooking up several storms in our respective kitchens.  Tonight's countries include; Antigua and Barbuda, BurkinaFaso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Lesotho and Sweden.  There are sweet and savoury recipes, fish and vegetarian dishes.  Something for everyone and with no bitter taste left in the mouth, unlike the football.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Day 1

Welcome to the first day of the Olympic Food Challenge.  The various food bloggers have been in training for months for this herculean feat, 19 days and 204 countries to eat from.  There may be some false starts as people get into their stride, but this is a marathon not a sprint and we will all get there in the end.

The sport action kicked off with Women's football and a win for Team GB, the food action has kicked off with: Andorra, Palau, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands and Virgin Islands.  Many other nations were cooked tonight and the relative blogs will be updated on here as soon as they are published.

Friday, 20 July 2012

On Your Marks, Get Set...

This time next week the nation will be settling down to watch Danny Boyle’s imaginings of Britain.  Sheep, fake clouds and a village green cricket match are all to star in the biggest show on Earth, the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games.  By this time we will already be two days into the Olympic Food Challenge* and will hopefully have plenty of exiting new recipes to share. 

I don't know about the rest of the team but I'm starting to get a bit nervous.  I have now spent quite a lot of time researching my allotted 19 countries and there are still large gaps in my meal planner.  There are only a couple of Nations that I defiantly know what I'm going to cook for, the rest are still up for grabs.

Having kept a daily food blog for the best part of a year I am well aware of the potential for things to get a bit hectic.  I know that by the time a meal is cooked and eaten and all of the washing up is done, there can be little time left for writing.  I also know that we all live busy lives.  There will be days, I'm sure, when rather than 12 new blog posts to link to there will only be 1 or 2.  Likewise, there will be days where people have been catching up with their writing and publish 2 or 3 recipes.

I'll be trying to stay on top of all of this and publishing a list of the day’s blogs. But just in case you have missed a country that you were looking forward to, or don't want to trawl through a jumble of posts to find it, I have set a full list of the National Olympic Committees as a separate page.  I will update this every time a new country's food is cooked so it will be easier for everybody.  I'm now off to do some gentle warm up exercises in the hope that I'm at my best come the big day.  This is going to be fun.

*The Olympic Food Challenge starts early because the sport starts two days before the ceremony.  By the time the Olympic flame is lit the football and archery will both already be under way.