My husband is a HUGE football fan. He used to have a day off on Superbowl Day ( it's Monday morning here in Japan), but as increasing responsibility at work set in, it became a kind of luxury to have a whole day for just one sports event. After we came back again to japan from USA (oh, happy 5 years of watching the game on Sunday evening), he decided to have a "time-shift" strategy.
We record the live broadcast on HDD, and have a Superbowl evening on MONDAY after he comes home. He never enjoys a game if he already knew the result - so he has to be very careful, very, very careful to shut out all the news on every media. Thanks to a rather minor popularity of the sports in Japan, it's not impossible to keep it away but difficult enough because of the size of the event. It's a no-no to visit Yahoo! or any news page on the internet, accidentally flip the channel on TV to evening news.
And I, as a BIG football and a cooking fan, prepare a meal honoring the teams and the city where the game is hosted. It's great to look up history and recipes, spending hours in front of my computer. Love internet.
This year, though, it is a challenge to decide what to have. If it were the Patriots, Cream-type clam chowder is a no-doubt choice, or if it were the Cowboys, I would have ordered chili meat online and bought the biggest bag of tortilla chips I can find. Ravens? Crab cakes. 49ers? Great excuse to try making a sour bread starter. Saints? Mufellettas and Po-Boys. Gumbo, Jambalaya… I can celebrate a whole week. But, oh, Seattle vs. Denver? In New Jersey?
My plan after some research is ..
1. Campbell Tomato Soup (which I always have on hand for our "earthquake / typhoon care bag") representing the State of New Jersey
2. Salmon vs Rainbow Trout (both grilled) representing the teams, salmon for Seattle and trout for Denver
3. Coors Beer for my husband
4. Welch grape juice for me and my daughter
Veggies, bread and desert is not decided yet. Corn hush, plain dinner roll and apple sauce, perhaps?
Yeah, I don't deny. A bit depressed.
Go, please, Texans, next season. Give me a chance to bake Kolaches.