I don’t know how many of you followed the biggest sport event of the year in Africa, but since the past 3 weeks the whole continent has been glued to the tele for the 29th African Cup Of Nations , also known as AfCon , CAN – Cup of African Nations , CAF – Confederation of African Football ….
The tournament is Africa’s equivalent of the European Championships or even the World Cup football. It is held every two years instead of every four and 16 teams competed with each other to lift the cup. Professional African players who play their trade for European clubs like Chelsea , Man U , Liverpool , Arsenal …. all flew down and played for their respective countries. This year the cup was held in Ghana! All of us were eagerly waiting for this event which kicked off on 20th January. Fortunately for us Ghana being the host nation, we got to see a lot of the matches in Accra’s Ohene Djan Stadium. Sadly the Ghanaian team – “The Black Stars” did not reach the finals and secured only the 3rd spot.

Yesterday the 10th of Feb, was the final between the reigning champions of 2006 Egypt vs Cameroon. Above you can see both the teams singing their national anthems, Egypt on the left in the red and white uniform , and Cameroon on the right in the green and red. Egypt took the cup again this year, beating Cameroon to 1-0, a goal which was scored 13 minutes from time by Mohamed Aboutrika, making them the champions for 2 consecutive years. And also the recipient of the cup 6 times over, the most any African country has ever won.The entire event was sponsored by MTN and organized by FIFA , and if u see in the snap below, we have the man himself – The president of FIFA – Sepp Blatter sitting next to the Ghanaian president John Kufuor (ok its not a very clear image but i think u can still see them). Frankly i couldn’t believe i was sitting in Ghana, watching this event as they had done such a wonderful job organizing and hosting it. We saw some some excellent football from star players and experienced adrenaline rushes each time a goal was scored. Imagine the noise 45,000 fanatic fans can make. For me it was a first time experience and I’ve only seen cricket matches in the stadium. Read more about the game here, they also published my pictures πŸ™‚

And if you’re wondering why don’t i have the snaps of Egypt holding the cup and that of the closing ceremony ? Its because silly me left the extra battery in the car boot and the battery in my camera ran out at half time ! How i hate myself when something like that happens.

And my sweet fix for this post is another very simple fruit, custard pastry. This was something i was craving for the past couple of days, and being very busy this whole week it was just the perfect thing.

  • Puff pastry
  • Mixed berries – Strawberry , Blueberry , Blackberry(which ever u can find, just make sure they are fresh)
  • 1 egg yolk custard *
  • icing sugar

K i know u are probably doubting my cooking skills at this point , but trust me the simplest of things are usually the tastiest .
*Make your 1 egg yolk custard by heating about 200 ml of cream. In a bowl whisk together 150 gms of caster sugar, pure vanilla extract, 1 egg yolk and a tsp of cornflour, till well incorporated. Pour over the warm cream whisking well and bring it all back to a boil and simmer gently till think enough.
In the non stick baking tray lay the rectangular puff pastry and spread the custard all over.

Slice the strawberries and lay them all over the custard. Fold over the puff pastry, enveloping all the custard and berries around the 4 corners. You don’t have to be very neat. The slightly uneven edges look gr8 once it is baked. Dust the whole thing generously with icing sugar and bake in a hot oven until the pastry has risen and turned a lovely golden brown colour. I like mine to be crispier and a little darker in colour. But feel free to make it as you like. Change the shape, change the fruits … everything goes ! Best served warm with some good quality vanilla ice cream.

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noreply@blogger.com (Dave, 'LunaPierCook')

This fruit custard pastry follows your last post, on coffee, perfectly. What a great portable food to take to a game! πŸ™‚

noreply@blogger.com (Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy)

Kate – check my site – you’re the Pay It Forward recipient! πŸ™‚ Send me your address…

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Dave, hehe actually i didnt take it to the game but had it when i got back. It takes hardly anytime to make it was perfect for the nite !

Sara … yay …really ! i’m so excited !

noreply@blogger.com (Asha)

We don’t get to see any of those here except American sports, not even Cricket unless you $200 to subscribe!:D
Pastry looks yum.

noreply@blogger.com (Patricia Scarpin)

Well, I love soccer – I’m Brazilian after all! πŸ™‚

And love puff pastry as well… With berries on top, perfection!

noreply@blogger.com (The Food Traveller)

Must have been fun despite missing one battery for photos!
Last time I went to a soccer stadium… it was freezing cold and a boring match of no importance. Plus the show in Holland is utterly boring.

noreply@blogger.com (Annemarie)

Lucky you to get to see all that live football! Nice looking pastry, too. πŸ™‚

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Asha, i know its really sad. Soccer is a fantastic sport and gr8 fun to watch.wow 200 bucks is steep for a channel. Sorry abt. it babe …. but thank God for the coverage online.

Patricia … aah then u must remember Ghana played u guys in the world cu 2 yrs ago. I think we did well πŸ™‚

Francesco …it sure was , but i could’nt stop cursing myself for the 2nd half. The closing ceremony was awesome , on par with the world cup. I would’ve got some amazing shots. But it was still fun.

Annemarie , yes …lucky i was , and some very kind friends arranged for our tickets too. Thanks.

noreply@blogger.com (bhags)

Just flew here…….let me tell you, i just love the pics here…they are really fantastic and you have a great site.

I dont follow soccerr as much as i follow cricket…:)
The pastry looks yum

noreply@blogger.com (Mango Power Girl)

The fruit pastry sounds so simple & yummy! That must have been a blast to see the match…this one looks very vibrant especially with the bright national colors…too bad they did not make it to finals.

noreply@blogger.com (Michelle McLovin)

I have never been to a professional soccer game, but it looks super fun. Those berries look asolutely delicious!

Oh, by the way, I rubbed some Jalapeno in my eye yesterday… AGAIN! Arg! hehe!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

bhags …. well i hope u landed safely πŸ˜› , thanks for the compliment.
I love my cricket as well … and now the 20/20 ‘s even more πŸ™‚

Mo …actually almost all my food is smile and yummy …as i’m kinda lazy and yet want the best πŸ™‚ Yeah we were all sad Ghana did not make it to the finals.

Michelle , girl u have got to wear glasses when u cut some jalapeΓ±os. Pls be careful ! … and if at all u get a chance go watch a soccer match.Its an experience u shouldn’t miss.

noreply@blogger.com (Deborah)

Great photos!!

And I agree with you – the simple things are sometimes the best!!

noreply@blogger.com (glamah16)

Stunning!

noreply@blogger.com (anya)

It’s amazing how you get into the action when watching football matches live!

Lovely post! Mmmmhhh..and your puff pastry is so yummy!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

deborah , thanks

glamah … thank u

anya …oh yes , its as if u are on the field amongst them !

noreply@blogger.com (mycookinghut)

yum…. i love mixed berries… lovely tart!! Looks simple to make, I like it πŸ™‚

noreply@blogger.com (Mansi Desai)

Kte/kajal! that puff pastry looks just brilliant! and I loved the post, nice representation thre girl!:)

noreply@blogger.com (Peabody)

Your pastry looks lovely.

noreply@blogger.com (Maryann)

I love your tart! Just can’t wait for berry season again. Your shots of the game..excellent! πŸ™‚

noreply@blogger.com (nicisme)

Love the guy with the funky hair!
Your pastry dessert is something I would be so happy to eat, great photos as usual!

noreply@blogger.com (Susan from Food Blogga)

I just watched my first soccer match on tv last year, if you can believe that. I didn’t understand 2 wits of it, but it was fun nevertheless. That puff pastry with berries is simply sublime.

noreply@blogger.com (Alexandra)

Looks gorgeous! A simple fruit custard pastry is so comforting…

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

mycookinghut …thanks

mansi , thank u

peabody , thnx

maryann … i was excited about sharing the game pics.

nicisme …the mawhawk…i love it oo !

Susan … really ! its such a easy game , u should really try n follow it , and all the more as David Beckham is playing for an American team.

Alexandra … oh yes it is !

noreply@blogger.com (SUGARCRAFT INDIA)

Hi Kate

You have a wonderful blog here..and beautiful pictures as well..
I lived in Botswana for 3 years and am aware of the soccer fever there!!
A lovely tart …wish I could make one too!!

noreply@blogger.com (Alita)

I am not a very huge football fan, but I do am a huge fan of forest fruits and things with them! πŸ™‚
I was planning some fruit tarts and will definitely try your one yolk custard recipe! πŸ™‚
Cheers!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

sugarcraft , thank you …i went over n saw yours too …. wow ! u are really talented. And i’m sure living in Botswana was’nt easy . i hear its worse than Ghana.

Alita … πŸ™‚ well atleast i’m glad something was of interest in this post to you. If u do try the recipe , let me know if u liked it.

noreply@blogger.com (Dhanggit)

before coming to france i was more of a basketball fan..now living in france, one can’t get away with football fever. they have been talking about this african cup coz i think there are plenty of african players that are playing in france’s local professional team πŸ™‚

this dessert looks absolutely divine!! love its simplicity and beauty..i havent tried making custard pastry tart like this..this recipe gave me courage to try on πŸ™‚ i’ll try to replace the fruit probably with pineapple and mango..you think it will be good??

noreply@blogger.com (Proud Italian Cook)

Simply, a beautiful and elegant desert, one that I will try making when the berries are more in season. Your pictures are wonderful as usual, and the game looked like a ton of fun!!

noreply@blogger.com (Cakespy)

How perfect–wonderful stuff for carbo-loading before the game! Even if you’re just watching…hey, it’s intense!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Dhanggit, the rench love their football. I’m glad atleast someone was aware of the whole event. We do have some star African players playing in the European teams , and in fact they were against sending them to play for their countries as it interfered with their club games. How sad ‘eh !

I think they would taste gr8 …anything u like can go on top of puff pastry, as long as the fruit is not high in water content.

Proud Italian Cook , thanks … and yes the game was gr8… a wonderful experience.

Cakespy … u bet , i wish i could’ve taken some to the changing rooms for those hot lookin footballers πŸ™‚

noreply@blogger.com (White On Rice Couple)

Todd hasn’t seen this post yet, but he’s really gonna fall in love with you! You write about soccer and puff pastry, two very dear things to his heart! He likes you already, but this post is dangerous! Should I share it with him? πŸ™‚

noreply@blogger.com (Nora B.)

I didn’t know it was on…but i haven’t been keeping with the current affairs much either since my head is in my books & papers. Great photos, looks like lots of fun πŸ™‚

noreply@blogger.com (Sagari)

love the pics kajal

noreply@blogger.com (daphne)

beautiful tarts!!!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Whits On Rice Couple , haha … i think i might have got a couple of guys attention with this post ! And oh yes pls do share … πŸ™‚

Nora …. its amazing how u can do that , if anyone asked me to do that i’d never be able to ! The match was gr8 !

Sagari and daphne … thanks

noreply@blogger.com (Cheryl)

Your custard pastry is absolutely gorgeous and rustic. I love it.

noreply@blogger.com (Zen Chef)

Haaaaaaaaa!
You don’t know how jealous I am right now! You were at THAT game!? πŸ™‚ The pictures are incredible! I’m speechless.
Do you need a private chef… or simply a man to carry your shopping bags? Hehe. I’m moving in with you, so we can all go watch soccer, bake delicious tarts, eat snake soup and sip on Ethiopian coffee.
Your husband won’t mind right?
πŸ™‚

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Cheryl … yeah i love the rustic look too , actually my hubby who never touches anything sweet , couldn’t control himself when i brought that too the table. I take that as a thumbs up for the pastry.

And u Zen Chef !… u have got to stop asking :P, one of these days my hubby is gonna look you up and find you and … God know what … haha just kidding πŸ˜› lol. I take the compliment dear chef … Thank you for the generous offer , but i think i’m ok for now … will let u know when the spot opens up πŸ˜€

noreply@blogger.com (Flanboyant Eats)

wow… this is beautiful. My best friend is from Ghana, and til this day she has NEVER shared pics with me! Go figure.

custard: i could eat all day! πŸ™‚

noreply@blogger.com (Chris)

The pics are wonderful. Thanks for sharing! I love soccer. Its big in the Boston area, then I moved down here and….nothin’! its coming around, especially women’s soccer, which is promising. I wish it would as big here as it is in other countries.

The tart? Fab-U-lous! and I love easy. I am all about this one. Thanks!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

flanboyant eats, u can always drop by to see Ghana here.

Chris .. aww that is so sad , could always catch up with the matches on tele. Its not the same but something is better than nothing.

noreply@blogger.com (Erin @ Skinny Gourmet)

Kate, your work is amazing! I am so pleased to find another food blogger who lives in Ghana. Your food looks fabulous and your photos are beautiful. And I can appreciate what a coup it is to accomplish all that here. Would love to get together as you suggeat. Email me at skinnygourmet(at)gmail(dot)com

By the way, I’m doing a write up on food porn, and would love to use one of your photos of the creme and fruits below (with attribution and a back link of course). Would that be okay with you?

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Hi Erin . will mail you …
and sure u can use th epic.

noreply@blogger.com (Tartelette)

That is one gorgeous galette! I love the colors of it and that whole buttery goodness1

noreply@blogger.com (Bakerette)

i know this is so late but…i love soccer, & i’m egyptian πŸ™‚ Loved the pics.

This look simple to make and look so delicious. I can’t wait to try it.

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