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01 Jul 2010

It could be the vuvuzelas that I hear all day and night in lively bursts around the neighbourhood. Or the stupendously cool World Cup that has got us all drunk on SA pride that has me in this dance-on-my-tippytoes mood.

I feel like warming my belly with great food and swilling it down with jugs of South African beer (says the very preggie chick who can only wish ). Getting friends and family together and watching a game has become part of life itself in these last few balmy winter weeks.

It’s also a great way to get into the kitchen and explore the food of the rainbow of nations who have come cheering to our shores.

Oh, it’s all so exciting, what will happen next?  It’s also been tear-soddenly sad with many a countryman up in arms. We’ve had to say au revoir  to the wonders of France and all it has to offer. What will I do without my French onion soup?

And Italy… breathe… how could you? My mozzarella in carrozza were becoming a staple.

Poor PortugalRonaldo and team, we bid you a sad farewell. I shall have to devour some prego rolls to salute those lovely boys.

England…  what can I say, except our restaurant ed. Cath Shone is mortified that you played like you forgot to eat your marmalade that morning. Sad sad sad.

But no fear my bonnie foodies, there are still some gorgeous dishes to gorge on and enjoy in the up-coming magic.

If you’ve got your money on Brazil, try these dreamy Caipirinhas for a juicy cocktail to toast to the hot-blooded team. If it’s Spain you’re after, a spicy paella is sure to get things going and these oozy custard slices will have you cheering in heaven.

Argentina rank right up there in the foodie stakes with gifts of deliciousness like beef empanadas and this moist Patagonian black cake and you can click your clogs with this menu for Netherlands.

Only 6 match days left to go, I’m blasting my vuvu for the toast of Africa – Ghana. Go boys go!

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