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.
For lunch I had leftover roast lamb with some 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.
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.