Hairy Bik­ers’

Chile’s con­tri­bu­tion to the Hairy Bik­ers’ se­lec­tion of world dishes – prawn ce­viche.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Fashion -

THE World Cup isn’t just about foot­ball – it also gives the en­ter­pris­ing foodie rea­son to in­dulge in a global gas­tro­nomic odyssey. As Eng­land be­gin their tour­na­ment cam­paign with a match against the USA on June 12 in South Africa, just imag­in­ing the rich plat­ter of good­ies from all the coun­tries they hope to meet is enough to make you for­get there’s any foot­ball on at all.

Celebrity chefs the Hairy Bik­ers are cur­rently on a na­tion­wide com­edy/culi­nary tour and the boys – Dave My­ers and Simon King – have road tested a num­ber of global del­i­ca­cies in the name of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions.

The duo have eaten their way through a se­lec­tion of 32 World Cup-themed en­ergy ef­fi­cient recipes on the npower web­site (www.npower.com/smart­cook­ing).

“The Ger­man one’s my favourite ac­tu­ally – it’s re­ally good!” laughs Simon, aware that he’s leant his sup­port to one of Eng­land foot­ball’s great­est ri­vals.

He’s talk­ing about Bauern­fruh­stuck, the Ger­man dish on the web­site: A hearty dish made with sauteed pota­toes, eggs, ba­con and onion, which is straight­for­ward to make.

It might not be the pret­ti­est dish in our culi­nary world cup, but it gets the Hairy Bik­ers seal of ap­proval – even if it comes from the coun­try that made Paul Gas­coigne cry in 1990.

Don’t worry though, these English­men haven’t lost their sense of na­tional pride.

An­other recipe they’ve tested is that tra­di­tional Bri­tish favourite, the steak and ale pie. Dave re­veals the se­cret to get­ting it just right.

“Just cook the ba­sis of the pie for a long, long time, at low tem­per­a­ture,” he urges.

“Ba­si­cally what you’re do­ing is mak­ing a beef stew. Put mush­rooms in, put what you fancy in, but just let it cook for a long time – it’ll not dry out.”

You needn’t fork out for ex­pen­sive steak ei­ther, adds Simon.

“Cheaper cuts of meat are of­ten bet­ter for pies be­cause they’re gelati­nous and there’s a deeper flavour to them.”

With the stew made, pour it into an oven dish and pinch some rolled puff pas­try over the top.

Then, says Dave, pop it all in the oven un­til the pas­try is puffed up and golden – “just like a proud retriever” – ready for the big match.

Next up in their list of World Cup recipes are Eng­land’s first World Cup op­po­nents, the USA.

Amer­i­can food might make you think of burg­ers, fries, and deep pan pizza, but there’s more to State­side cook­ing than that.

Blue­berry cheese­cake is the US con­tri­bu­tion to this in­ter­na­tional food party – and, if you get it in the oven be­fore kick-off, you can be sam­pling your handy-work by half­time, say the Hairy Bik­ers.

They sug­gest that a good cheese­cake “should wob­ble slightly when the tin is shaken” af­ter com­ing out of the oven.

Of course it would be rude not to men­tion the World Cup hosts.

South African cui­sine is per­haps best known for bil­tong (cured, dried meat), ostrich and boere­wors (spiced, spi­ral sausages), but it’s a sug­ary sur­prise that plays up front for the Rain­bow Nation in this tour­na­ment.

Pump­kin frit­ters, also known as pam­poenkoekies, use the pump­kin as a sup­ple­ment or al­ter­na­tive for flour.

These light tea­cakes will go down well who­ever wins, and can be whipped up be­fore the teams even get through the na­tional an­thems.

Dave and Simon sug­gest mix­ing up some cooked pump­kin, flour, cin­na­mon, salt, sugar and bak­ing pow­der in a bowl be­fore adding a cou­ple of eggs and beat­ing into a thick bat­ter.

Then, heat some oil in a pan and fry globs of the bat­ter on both sides, they say, un­til firm and golden.

With thou­sands of miles’ worth of globe-hop­ping gas­tro­nomic ex­pe­ri­ence, this World Cup of food has been well-suited to the Hairy Bik­ers.

The boys rate road-trip­ping through Ar­gentina and south­ern In­dia as their favourite food trip mo­ments – but a goat pe­nis hot­pot in Viet­nam, with frog’s blad­ders as an hors d’oeu­vre, was their worst.

“There was a guy sell­ing te­quila, dressed as a Mex­i­can in Viet­nam, serv­ing pe­nis hot­pot; it was a bit mental re­ally,” re­calls Simon.

Don’t worry, though – Viet­nam aren’t in the World Cup.

Hairy Bik­ers Dave My­ers and Simon King.

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