Algeria: Not quite heavenly couscous, not quite heavenly football

Known as ‘seksu bil kohdra’ in Algeria, this is one of the most popular tagines of the Maghreb. There are many variations and different combinations of vegetables for this dish. What always stays the same is the number. Seven is considered a lucky number. It represents the seven heavens of Islam.

This recipe lacked the subtle fusion of aromas and flavours from North Africa that boost your palate. It missed the real punch of spices, the final kick that scores the goal to the glory.

Reppic chef, Cristy Raad, blames the quality of the vegetables but also the recipe. It needed tastier tomatoes, better quality courgettes, sweeter carrots and a lot more spices to really meet the standard of competition in the World Cup of Food, especially when up against the gourmet paradise that is Belgium.