Worcestershire sauce

West Bromwich Albion F.C. ~ Boing boing baguette

Introduction: The Baggies supporters celebrate goals by bouncing up and down and chanting “Boing Boing”. This dates back to the 1992–93 season, when the team was promoted from the Second Division.

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Apparently boinging’s only really effective when stood on the terraces: in these days of all seaters it loses some of its impact. 

imageOnce upon a time the tea-ladies complained that every time a goal was scored, and the Brummie started boinging, the vibrations were transmitted through the concrete to the tea-bar and everything boinged about inside. The club were so concerned about this that they called in experts from Birmingham University to measure the effect of these sympathetic vibrations on the safety of the stand.

Preparation time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 5 mins

Home kit: small mixing bowl and a grill

Away kit: 2-4 plates

Serves: 2-4

Ingredients

  • 50g mature cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 baguettes
  • 1 tin of tuna, drained
  • 4 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • A sprinkling of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt and pepper

Method: Preheat the grill to a medium heat

First half

Cut the baguettes in half and toast the crusty sides. While that is toasting drain the brine from the tuna and tip into the bowl. Mash in the mayonnaise, salt and pepper with a fork.

Second half

When the baggie is crunchy remove from the grill and spread on the tuna mix. Get as close to the edge as you can to protect the bread from the second toasting it’s about to get. Sprinkle on the cheese and Worcestershire sauce and put back under the grill until the cheese turns golden and bubbly.

Full time results

Stick them on the plates and serve. With salad if you must.

Clearly this would be better made with frog’s legs but this is not to the British palate I suspect.

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Cardiff City F.C. ~ Bluebirdy Rarebit

Introduction: Cardiff have been called The Bluebirds since sometime between 1909 and 1911.

You might be interested in the connection with the children’s play imagecalled The Blue Bird, written by the Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck in 1909. The bird, a symbol of happiness, is pursued by children who want to imprison it in a cage and the play’s theme urges us not to try to hoard happiness for ourselves.

It came to the New Theatre in Cardiff in late October 1911. The publicity surrounding the play’s arrival and then Maeterlinck’s Nobel Prize for Literature combined with the new blue strip led to a mystery Cardiff City supporter deciding to call the team ‘The Blue Birds’. Gradually, it emerged as the favoured nickname before being adopted officially by the club.

Preparation time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 10 mins

Home kit: small mixing bowl, large toaster and a grill.

Away kit: 1 serving plate, napkins

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 free-range egg yolk
  • 85g/3oz Danish blue cheese, crumbled
  • 3 tbsp. double cream
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • A dash Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 slices crusty white bread

Method: Preheat the grill to medium

First half

Vigorously mix the egg yolk, cheese, cream, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper in the bowl until well combined.

Second half

Stick two slices of bread in one toaster slot so you only toast one side of each. Top the un-toasted side with the egg and cheese mixture and slap onto a baking sheet and slide under the grill for 3-4 minutes, until golden-brown and bubbling on top.

Full time results

Stick on the serving plate and eat immediately.  Well not immediately as you will burn the roof of your mouth, but you know what I mean.

Stoke City F.C. ~ Staffordshire hotpotters

Introduction: Stoke City Football Club is an English professional football club based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire that plays in the Premier League. Founded as Stoke Ramblers in 1863 the club changed its name to Stoke City in 1925 after Stoke-on-Trent was granted city status. They are the second oldest professional football club in the world, after Notts County, and are one of the founding members of the Football League.

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This is a great dish as you bung everything into one pot. Not much washing up to do.

Preparation time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 25 mins

Home kit: large heavy-based casserole dish , resting dish

Away kit: 4 plates, knives and forks

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 8 fat pork sausages
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 x 415g tins baked beans
  • 2tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1tbsp black treacle
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Generous pinch of salt

Method:

First half

Heat the oil in the casserole dish and brown the sausages all over which will take about 5mins. Set aside. Now soften the onion and carrots in the casserole by cooking gently, covered, for 10min.

Second half

Add the baked beans, tomato ketchup, bay leaf, Worcestershire sauce, black treacle and some seasoning. Return the sausages to the pan, cover and simmer gently for 10min, stirring occasionally, until the sausages are cooked through.

Full time results

Remove the bay leaf before serving with a green salad. Ha! Just kidding, mashed potatoes, serve with mashed potatoes.

You can cook this the day before and bung it in the oven to be ready to eat when you get back from the match.

Tottenham Hotspur F.C. ~ Steak and Yidney pie

Introduction: Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, commonly referred to as Spurs, is an English football club that plays in the Premier League. The club’s home stadium is White Hart Lane and it is the first premiership stadium I ever visited when I went to watch The Millwall play thereFile:Tottenham Hotspur.svg some time around 2002 I think.

Founded in 1882, Tottenham won the FA Cup for the first time in 1901, making it the only non-League club to do so since the formation of the Football League. Tottenham was the first club in the 20th century to achieve the League and FA Cup Double, winning both competitions in the 1960–61 season.

Supporters of Spurs adopted the nickname “Yid” as a direct response to opposition fans originally using the word against them as a form of taunting and abuse. “Yid” is used as a badge of honour by the supporters of Tottenham Hotspur F.C., whether they be Jewish or not. And it is in that kickballing spirit that I have named this recipe. I do not wish to offend in any way, this is a kickball cuisine recipe for Spurs fans, for their history and for their chant. This is not a commentary on the broader issues of race and religion. I hope you enjoy the recipe.

Preparation time: 45 mins

Cooking time: One kickball match (3 hours)

Home kit: a casserole, 3 pint pie dish, pie funnel, kitchen scissors, shallow dish and set aside dish.

Away kit: 4 plates, knives and forks

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 25g (1oz) butter
  • 2tbsp vegetable oil
  • 900g (2lb) braising steak, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 lamb’s kidneys, snip out the white gristle and quarter
  • 3 tbsp. plain flour
  • 2 onions, peeled and finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1 x 570ml (1 pint) dark ale
  • Good splash Worcestershire sauce
  • 100g (4oz) chestnut mushrooms, quartered
  • 375g (13oz) puff pastry
  • 1 egg yolk, to glaze the pastry
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • A little water

Method: Preheat the oven to 160oC

First half

Put the flour in the dish and season, coat the bits of steak and kidney in the seasoned flour. Heat the butter and oil in the casserole over a medium heat and brown a few pieces of meat at a time to seal in the flavours. Set aside and continue until it is all browned. Add a little water to the casserole and loosen the loveliness at the bottom with a wooden spoon. Now fry the onions and garlic to cook for 10 minutes until soft and lightly coloured.

Add the ale and Worcestershire sauce and season. Put on the lid and cook in the oven for one kickball match (2- 2½ hours) until the meat is tender.

Add the mushrooms, stir and pour into the pie dish. Put the funnel in the centre and cool.

Second half – Increase the oven temperature to 200oC.

Grease the rim of the pie dish. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured board. Cut a 1 inch strip of pastry and press on to the rim of the pie dish. Brush the rim with water. Roll the remaining pastry to make a lid and place on top of the pie, pressing down the edges. Trim and knock up by using a flat-bladed knife and horizontally tapping the edge. Decorate the centre of the pie with a pastry cockerel standing on a kickball. Mix the egg yolk with a little water and brush over the pastry. Place in the oven and cook for 25 to 30 minutes or until the pastry is risen and golden brown.

Extra time

The cooked meat mixture can be frozen for up to a month in the pie dish in a freezer bag. To assemble the pie, simply defrost and play the second half.

Full time results

Stick on a plate with peas and eat with a pint of ale.

Manchester United F.C. ~ Red Devilled Kidneys

Introduction: There is a rumour that suggests during a tour of France in the 1960s Manchester United were branded the Red Devils due to their red kit and Sir Matt Busby liked the name so much he asked for the club to incorporate a devil into the badge.

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Devilling is the use of Worcestershire sauce, mustard and cayenne pepper to flavour stuff, in this case kidneys.  It is an Edwardian (1901-1910) recipe popularised in gentleman’s clubs along with kedgeree and smoked herring.  This is the era during which Manchester United was officially born, specifically the 24th April 1902.

Preparation time: 25 mins

Cooking time: 10-30 mins

Home kit; Large frying pan

Away kit; 4 plates, knives and forks

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 6 lambs’ kidneys, about 375g/13oz, skinned
  • 2 tbsp. plain flour
  • 25g/1oz butter for frying
  • ½ small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. tomato purée
  • 1 tsp. grain mustard
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1–2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. RedDevilsCurrant jelly
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 thick slices of crusty bread
  • butter, for spreading

Method:

First half

Rinse the kidneys under cold running water. Using scissors, carefully cut the white cores out and bin them. If you have time, soak them in milk for 20mins before cooking, this removes any bitterness.

Melt the butter in a frying pan, not too hot or you’ll burn it. Add the onion and fry gently for 3–4 minutes until soft and turning golden-brown. Add the kidneys and cook for 2–3 minutes, turning every now and then until well coloured. BTW, cutting the little white bits out stops the kidneys curling.

Second half

Add the tomato purée, mustard, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce and the critical RedDevilsCurrant jelly, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Let the sauce bubble for a bit, say a minute, loosen with Worcestershire sauce if necessary. Set aside to cool for a little while in the pan while you toast the bread.

Full time results

Spread the toast with butter and lob on the kidneys. Serve immediately.

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!