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An Olympic Challenge

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To keep up with tradition, we try to have a theme based dinner for friends on the opening night of the Olympics. We generally try to make food from the hosting country. What would you serve this year? Please be creative. I don't think Bangers and Mash will cut it with this group.
Thanks in advance.

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  1. English cuisine is not one of the world's most famous ones. How about London Broil made with flank steak that has been marinated in oil and stout instead of wine. Here on the East Coast there is a cut of beef that is called London Broil but is not flank steak. Baked potatoes and haricots would go well with the meat.

    I am not well versed in English cuisine, but maybe the following website could be of help.


    1. You could go traditional with roast beef, roasted potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, roasted brussels sprouts, etc.

      1. Plenty of gin choices :-)

        Cornish pasty? Steak and kidney pie? Fish and chips? 'fraid that if your group is looking for fancy fare, this ain't it.

          1. That's what we do. Last Olympics, we pigged out on Chinese food.

            This year, I'm making these


            less the pastry. I'll have to buy it as I am in no way capable of that.

            1. any of the suggestions so far encapsulate what's thought of as 'traditional English' food; good and solid and not particularly creative - delicious but a bit heavy and not what you'd call subtle! I must admit I've never really heard of a London broil though.....

              You could go with a ploughman's, which you can still find a variation of in many pubs and has the benefit of being much better quality depending on the produce you buy. So if you get some really good quality crusty bread, tasty Cheddar or stilton (or both) and some really fresh salad, it is a meal well worth having (don't forget the pickled onion).

              However, what no one's said yet is that curry is now our national dish according to many sources! So that's definitely an option - you need to pick one that's not-terribly-authentic such as chicken tikka masala or balti, which I gather doesn't much resemble anything anyone eats in any part of India, but is something that most of the british population would recognise and eats regularly. according to the BBC it's even spreading back to India now....


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              1. re: flashria

                Sorry, Flashria. I did not intend to be a copy cat. I replied to the OP before reading the replies. Obviously I agree with you though. :-)

              2. Spaghetti with Marmite? LOL. (You can get the recipe from one of Nigella's books.)

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                1. re: drongo

                  that is seriously delicious. kids love it as well.

                2. I would suggest having traditional British tea sandwiches as appetizers. Cucumber sandwiches with herb cream cheese, smoked salmon with lemon butter, ham with grainy mustard, some good English cheese with chutney (mmm!). Instead of serving these with tea, serve with drinks, specifically gin (double mmm!).

                  For mains, everyone else above had the best suggestions. Dessert seems to be a lot easier. Lots of pies and tarts, maybe treacle tarts? Trifles would work, too, and are probably a lot easier as well.

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                  1. Would you consider a curry dish? Not sure about the surrounding areas, but London is well known world-wide for their curry restaurants even though some people consider that just Indian.

                    1. Well, it's the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland that's hosting, so don't feel restricted to just our English dishes.

                      Maybe some smoked salmon as a starter, to represent Scotland. Serve it with soda bread to represent Ulster.

                      Maybe some lamb and leeks to represent Wales.

                      And, to finish, one of our many English desserts. Now I know these are best known for the heavy steamed puddings but these arent right for this time of year (nor do many of us actually eat them). So, much lighter, how about a lemon posset. Or, seeing as Americans used to call us Limeys - how about a lime posset. It'd be delicious now with a few raspberries. Or, alternatively, a classic summer pudding - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/45...

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                      1. re: Harters

                        Love this recommendation to represent all of Great Britain on the menu. And a big +1 on both the smoked salmon on soda bread and the lemon posset. I have made this recipe from JeffW and it is a lovely dessert http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5746...

                        Here are a few more ideas using various British chef recipes.
                        Appetizers/ nibbles - a cheese plate featuring a few British cheeses, Scotch eggs, prawn cocktail http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

                        Main course – since it is summer, perhaps a cold version of a Sunday roast dinner - filet mignon with a roasted potato salad and roasted veggies.

                        And for dessert – a gateau, a bread and butter pudding or a trifle