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Fulham F.C. ~ Craven Cottage pie

Introduction: Craven Cottage has been the home ground of Fulham since 1896.  Its current capacity is 25,700, the record attendance was for a game against the Millwall Dockers on the 8th October 1938 and stands at 49,335.

This pie should be made with King Edward potatoes as they were named after King Edward VII who was King when Fulham ascended to the football league in 1903.

Preparation time: 20 min

Cooking time: 1 hour 20 mins

Home kit: a large saucepan, large shallow ovenproof baking dish

Away kit: 4-6 dinner plates and forks

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. sunflower oil
  • 1 lb. beef mince
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 x 400ml cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 350g frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, green beans)
  • 1 lb. peeled potatoes
  • A knob of Butter (proper stuff)
  • A matchbox sized piece of strong cheddar, grated
  • Generous pinch of salt and pepper

Method: Preheat the oven to 180oC

First half

Heat the oil in the saucepan over a medium heat and fry the onions until soft, then add the beef, keep frying until the beef is evenly browned, this will take about 10 minutes. Now pour in the two cans of tomatoes, Worcester sauce and the frozen mixed vegetables. Season to taste, with salt and pepper, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

While that’s happening, cut the potatoes into small chunks (they cook quicker) and boil them in salted water until soft. Drain and mash them to smithereens with the butter.

Second half

Now it all comes together.  Lightly grease the baking dish and spoon in the mince mixture. Spread the mash over the top and sprinkle the cheese over the mash. Place in the oven for 30-40 mins until thoroughly hot and the cheese is bubbling.

Full time result

Serve on its own on piping hot plates.  It’s a meal in itself!

Aston Villa F.C. ~ Aston Vanilla pudding

Introduction: Aston Villa Football Club are based in Witton, Birmingham. The club was founded in March 1874 by Jack Hughes, Frederick Matthews, Walter Price and William Scattergood. They have played at Villa Park since 1897. Aston Villa were founder members of The Football League in 1888. They have the fourth highest total of major honours won by any English club.

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The first villa match was against Aston Brook St Mary’s Rugby team. The first half was played under rugby rules, the second under football.  That was truly a game of two halves.

Preparation time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 10 mins

Home kit: a medium saucepan

Away kit:  4 pudding bowls and spoons

Cooling time: 1 kickball match and a bit

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ Tbsp. butter (optional, but I think it adds a richness to the pudding)

Method:

First half

Combine the eggs, sugar, flour, and vanilla in the saucepan with a whisk. Add the milk, whisking as you go, until everything is silky and smooth. cook on a medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Stir in the optional butter until melted.

Second half

Remove from heat, pour into a container and allow to cool before eating.

It tastes great cold, but I think it’s Villainous when warm.

Norwich City ~ Canary Pudding

Introduction: It is thought that Norwich has long a connection with canaries from the 15th and 16th centuries when Flemish weavers imported the birds to East Anglia from the Dutch colonies in the Caribbean.

Preparation time: 10mins

Cooking time: 10 mins

Home kit: 6 small cups, a little mixing bowl

Away kit: 4 plates, knives and forks

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 oz. flour
  • 2oz. butter
  • 2oz. caster sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • butter for greasing

Method: Preheat the oven to 200oC

First half

Grease the six cups with butter.  Now beat the butter in the bowl to a cream, add the sugar, one egg and half the flour and a little more beating.  Beat in the other egg and the remaining flour and finally the baking powder.

Second half

Put the mixture into the cups and pop them in the oven (perhaps on a tray) for 10 minutes.

Full time results

Serve with lemon curd or jam.