Hull City A.F.C. ~ Boothberry Tart

Introduction: Boothferry Park was the cherished home of Hull City AFC for over 50 years from 31 August 1946 until December 2002.  Sadly, it is not so cherished now…


Hull City’s record home attendance was 55,019 at this stadium for a match against Manchester United on 26th February 1949. A record which will never be beaten as the new seated stadium only has a capacity of less than half of that at 25,586.

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 45 mins

Home kit: 11in x 7in loose-bottomed tart tin, blind baking beans (No they are not beans that are blind, Google them!), small saucepan, large mixing bowl

Away kit: 4 pudding bowls and forks

Serves: 4


  • 375g (13oz) shortcrust pastry
  • 100g (4oz) butter
  • 100g (4oz) caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g (4oz) ground almonds
  • 50g (2oz) toasted almonds
  • Blueberry jam
  • 125g (4½ oz.) blueberries

Method: Preheat the oven to 190oC

First half

Roll out the pastry and line the tart tin. Prick the base and line with foil and the baking beans, make sure the beans go right into the corners, well not corners but you know what I mean. Chill for 15 mins by listening to some Amy Winehouse.

Now the pastry is chilled, bake for 15 mins then remove the beans and foil and return to the oven for 5 mins until the pastry is a pale biscuit colour.

Second half

While the casing is cooking melt the butter and sugar in the saucepan, pour into a bowl and beat in the eggs and almonds.

Spread the tart case with a little jam and the blueberries, then pour the egg mixture carefully over the top. Bake in the oven for 20 mins until the mixture is golden, risen and springy to the touch.

Full time results

Serve with whipped cream.

West Bromwich Albion F.C. ~ West Bromwich Albumen

Introduction: West Bromwich Albion Football Club, also known as West Brom, The Baggies, The Throstles, Albion or WBA, is an English professional football club based in West Bromwich in the West Midlands. The club was formed in 1878 and has played at its home ground the Hawthorns since 1900.

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They are one of the founding members of the Kickball League from 1888. They have won the FA cup 5 times. Their local derby is against Aston Vanilla.

Preparation time: 10mins

Chilling time: 2 hours (Do it before going to the match)

Home kit: Food processor, medium mixing bowl and a medium sieve.

Away kit: 4 serving glasses

Serves: 4


  • 300g (10oz) blueberries (home kit)
  • 75g (2½oz) golden caster sugar
  • 500g pot Greek yogurt
  • 2 medium egg whites (you could use the yolks to make Bluebirdy Rarebit)
  • 4 sprigs redcurrants (away kit), to decorate

Method: Preheat the fridge to 0oC

First half

Put the home kit berries into a food processor with the sugar and whizz until smooth. Press through a sieve into the mixing bowl to remove the pips and stir in the yogurt.

Second half

Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks and fold into the yogurt/berry mixture. Spoon into 4 glasses. Chill for 1-2 hours.

Full time results

Serve topped with a sprig of the away berries.

Reading F. C. ~ Biscuitmen cheesecake

Introduction: Another recipe inspired by the great supporter of Reading F.C., my friend Alien. He told me that Reading were once called the Biscuitmen because of an association with Huntley and Palmers, who were based in Reading. This is a recipe incorporating biscuits and blueberries as discussed in The Ferryboat on Sunday, 10th March 2013.

Huntley & Palmers was a British firm of biscuit makers originally based in Reading, Berkshire. The company created one of the world’s first global brands and ran what was once the world’s largest biscuit factory.

Preparation time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 1 hour

Home kit: 23cm (9 inch) loose-bottomed cake tin, large mixing bowl

Away kit: 6 plates

Serves: 6


  • 75g butter
  • 200g digestive biscuits, crushed
  • 500g full fat mascarpone cheese
  • 1 x 397g can condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • Finely grated zest of one lemon
  • 150g blueberries

Method: Preheat the oven to 170°C

First half

Melt the butter in a large saucepan, don’t get it too hot or the butter will burn. Remove from the heat and stir in the biscuit crumbs. Tip them into the base of the cake tin, pressing them down with your fist to make a firm base. Chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

Second half

While it is chilling you make the filling. Beat the soft cheese in the mixing bowl until softened, then whisk in the condensed milk, vanilla extract, eggs and lemon zest. Pour the filling over the biscuit crumb base, then sprinkle the blueberries over the surface. Stick on the middle shelf of the oven to bake for 1 hour, until set.

Full time result

Leave until completely cold, serve.

Apologies to Kate who cannot eat this because of all the dairy shenanigans.


Alien also told me about his family’s claim to fame regarding H&P. The children’s TV series Chigley, narrated by Brian Cant, features a biscuit factory called Cresswell’s (perhaps a play on words for Crosse and Blackwell?). The factory was based on Huntley and Palmers where Alien’s great uncle worked. The character Willie Munn is based on him. Here is a picture of that famous Biscuitman.