Russia World Cup 2018

Today, Columbia is playing Japan so why not sit down to watch the game trying some of the country’s best food.

In Columbia, one of their versatile dishes is called Arepas. They can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner as they can be prepared with so many different fillings or toppings. They are also very easy to make.

Columbian Arepas


2 ½ cups Lukewarm water
1 teaspoon salt
2 Cups pre-cooked white corn meal
Vegetable oil for frying.


  1. Put the salt and water into a bowl and stir together until the salt has dissolved. Gradually, add in the cornmeal, continuously stirring until a dough is formed.
  2. Divide the dough into golf ball sizes and roll them out until they’re about 1cm thick.
  3. Heat the oil in a hot pan and place the corn patties in the hot oil. Leave for 4-5 minutes on each side.
  4. Put the Arepas onto a paper towel to help drain off the oil.
  5. Layer on your toppings or cut in half and use them like a small sandwich.

Japan is playing against Columbia, so why not enjoy one of their delicacies as well, rice balls, during the game?

Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)


200g Japanese Rice
260ml Water
1 tsp vegetable oil


4 tbsp liquid miso with dashi
1 tsp water


  1. Wash and cook the rice, and allow it to cool so that you are able to handle it. Form them into a triangle shape about 4cm thick.
  2. To make the sauce you need to mix together the miso and water. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan.
  3. Brush the rice triangles with the miso mixture and place into the pan. When you flip the rice, brush on the miso sauce each time.
  4. Once the triangles are a golden brown colour each side. place them on a plate and enjoy.

The next match is Portugal v Morocco and we will be making Espetadas and Kefta Briouate. We would love to hear what you have been making for the football games on our Facebook or Twitter pages.



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