We’ve missed a trip this year; unfortunately a death in the close family meant we had to cancel a much anticipated June trip to Matera and Puglia in Italy, meaning it’s now 4 months since La Palma, and still another 5 weeks till Malaysia. So the foodie substitute for travelling and discovering new foods was World Cup dinners – we brought the world to our home instead of the other way round, researching and creating meals from one of the countries competing in the World Cup most nights of the tournament. It meant we created dishes we would never otherwise have considered, from Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Serbia, Iran, Egypt, with a bit of Spain and Portugal thrown in. And the odd bottle of Bordeaux to honour the eventual winners. Was great fun and seriously enhanced our repertoire. Any excuse for new food experiences!