Footy food for state of origin 2

Tonight’s match was the most important game of rugby league this year. Queensland needed to defeat NSW to ensure not just a series win but a set up for a clean sweep. NSW was desperate to win to set up a decider at Lang Park.

Every state of origin match like a grand final needs footy food. In fact state of origin is more important than a grand final or an international test match so the food needs to be super tasty and super simple.

I started the day with a small simple breakfast with a big dinner in mind.

Bacon and eggs

A close up of my bacon and eggs
A close up of my bacon and eggs

For lunch I had leftover roast lamb with some cheese and leaves.

Leftover lamb with cheese and leaves
Leftover lamb with cheese and leaves

For my main meal I bought 500 grams of chicken wings. I specified the forearm equivalent, i.e., the radius and ulna and not the humerus. I reckon this has the most tender meat and when it’s cooked well it falls from the bones easily. I coated the chicken with oil and added some chicken salt, pepper and chili flakes. I put them into an oven at 150 °C for 60 minutes. I also added some Brussels sprouts and some little nubs of beef mince. To this I added some slivered almonds and pine nuts and then added a layer of grated cheese. All this is similar to what I had on the night of game 1. That night I had panko coated wings. Now that I’m doing a bit of low carb eating I’ve avoided the panko crumbs.

Chicken wings and Brussels sprouts with nubs of beef mince
Chicken wings and Brussels sprouts with nubs of beef mince
Chicken wings and Brussels sprouts from the oven
Chicken wings and Brussels sprouts from the oven
My bowl of chicken wings and Brussels sprouts
My bowl of chicken wings and Brussels sprouts
A close up of my chicken wings and Brussels sprouts
A close up of my chicken wings and Brussels sprouts

So this is the footy food I had tonight for game 2 of the 2015 state of origin series.

In the end New South Wales defeated Queensland 26:18. It was a bit of a lacklustre game tonight. Queensland’s defence wasn’t as good as it has been or should have been. Bring on game 3. A decider at Lang Park the home of Queensland rugby league.

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What footy food will you have for game 3?

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