So the Superbowl is here again. That one magical Sunday built for beer-loving, wing-loving, football-loving people around the world. Well, mostly just in America but I’ll be one of the die-hards trying to stream the game at 10am on Monday morning.
Unfortunately we don’t get to appreciate the whole package that is Superbowl Sunday down under. But I won’t complain that much about early morning beer.
To be honest, I do find it strange that I am actually looking forward to this, and NOT just for the buffalo chicken wings. I promise.
I am actually a bit excited to see the game. I bet you anything my brothers are sniggering as they read this.
I used to loathe football. I thought it was single-handedly the MOST boring thing to watch. At a NFL game, a college game, my brother’s game, on the couch in front of the TV. Except for maybe golf, golf is so boring.
I never understood the rules and it always just looked like a group of tall, wide men running into each other. And then stopping and standing in a line. And starting. And stopping again, maybe watching the grass grow a bit. The games seemed to take forever and I used to look in awe at my father and grandfather sitting there for an entire day watching game after game. How were they not bored to tears?
The worst part about football happened in November every year. Every year I was dragged (not brought, dragged) to the Harvard vs. Yale game. Quite a few men in my family attended Harvard University and apparently a Harvard man never misses the rivalry game. So whether it was in Connecticut and we simply drove to the game or in Boston where we stayed at my uncle’s for the weekend, we went every year. I would sit there, in the freezing cold, twiddling my thumbs until it was time to leave. I used to try and get out of it, believe me. I would fake being sick, Ferris Bueller-style, I think I even tried to hide one year. Those hours sitting hunched up in about seven layers of coats watching these men run back and forth were not a highlight of my childhood.
But then something changed. I started to realize that there was a bit more to the Superbowl than the amusing ads every few minutes. I actually started to pay attention to the rules and understand them. It’s actually not that complicated a game when it comes down to it. And now I kind of ENJOY it. What the heck happened? I still haven’t really been able to put my finger on it, but I think it’s a homesick thing. Watching the football does remind me of home, of making snacks for game days or drinking a beer with my dad. It’s comforting and I never thought I’d see the day.
I’ll still never go to a Harvard Yale game though. I’m sorry but that game is too damn cold.
1 cup edamame, cooked and shelled
1 tablespoon tahini (sesame seed paste)
1/8 cup water plus more if needed
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Juice of ½ a lemon
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
In a food processor, blend soy beans, tahini, water, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Add more water if necessary until the consistency is smooth. Place in a small bowl and serve with sliced vegetables such as capsicum or carrots.
Buffalo Chicken Rolls
12 spring roll wrappers (I found these in the freezer section at Coles)
1 cup cooked and shredded chicken (1 medium chicken breast)
1/2- 2/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (I found this at my local IGA)
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 cup cole slaw (dry)
Small bowl of water
Nonstick cooking spray
Blue cheese dressing, for serving
Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Lay spring roll wrappers on a clean work surface. In a small bowl, stir chicken* (see note below) and hot sauce until well coated, using more or less sauce depending on your spice preference. The meat should be moist with sauce.
Begin by placing one tablespoon of the cole slaw on the diagonal of the bottom right corner of one of the wrappers. Next, place 2 tablespoons of shredded spicy chicken evenly on top of the slaw. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the blue cheese crumbles over the chicken. Do not overfill.
To fold: Fold the bottom right corner over the stuffing mixture so that it covers it completely, with the tip of the corner now pointing to the centre of the spring roll wrapper. Fold in the bottom left corner, followed by the right, so that you now have formed an envelope. Roll the wrap upward one time, leaving the top left corner open. Wet your index finger in the small bowl of water and press to moisten the top left corner. Now fold that down on top of the filled roll, sealing it like you would an envelope.
Repeat with remaining rolls.
Place the rolls on a wire rack set on top of a cookie sheet (or just on a greased cookie sheet) coated with nonstick cooking spray. Spritz each roll evenly with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the rolls crisp and turn a light golden brown.
Note: To make the chicken, place 200g of uncooked chicken breast in a small pot and fill with enough water just to cover it. Bring to a boil on your stovetop, reduce the heat slightly, then simmer for about 12 minutes, or until cooked through. Drain and let cool before shredding with two forks, pulling against the grain of the meat.
Recipe slightly adapted from Can you stay for dinner?
Oh and just in case anyone out there was wondering, with my rice and beans mention earlier, I just meant I wouldn’t be eating solely beans and rice, because while it would save me lots of pennies, I know we are creative enough to be able to make the rice and beans into delicious things like enchiladas or tacos or chilli! And I highly recommend you make Kahina’s chilli for Superbowl Day as well, I definitely will be!