Bearhands comes from a fairly distinguished rugby league background.
In fact, I can have a particularly ill-timed (or well-timed) case the mumps to thank for Bearhands becoming a farmer instead of a footballer. If it weren't for him being pretty crook during his trial for a major NRL team, I have no doubt he'd be married to a lovely cheerleader and delivering commentary on one of those terrible footy shows that I can't bring myself to watch. I lack the perkiness (both physically and spiritually) to be a cheerleader, so lets take a collective moment of thanks for the role that epidemic parotitis played in my future happiness.
Footy is big in our house and tonight we'll be hosting a dozen odd friends in the shed to watch the State of Origin decider. Bearhands' uncle is part of the coaching staff, so we're doublely invested in a Queensland win.
We can't be certain of the outcome tonight. It is, after all, a game of two halves. But regardless of who are the better team on the paddock, I know food will be the winner.
If you're entertaining tonight, here are eleven fabulous recipes for food for football fans from some of my favourite Aussie bloggers.
Bacon and cheese cobb loaf
This gooey deliciousness is courtesy of Create Bake Make.
These teppanyaki rolls are delicious (and a slightly healthier option)
Cheesy garlic and chicken plait loaf
Bread, cheese, chicken - this plait loaf from Cooking for Busy Mums is bound to be a hit!
Homemade sausage rolls
Sausages rolls without the mystery.
Spelt flour pretzels
They're pretzels, but not as you know them! Fresh Home Cook has created a pretzel for those gluten-sensitive footy fans.
Everyone's favourite tuckshop treat, pizza pockets all grown up.
In and out burger
There's burgers and there's burgers, and this one from Not Quite Nigella is a BURGER!
Pies and cheerios dipped in homemade tomato sauce
Some puritan footy fans insist on sauce that comes in a squeeze bottle, but I love this homemade version.
BBQ pulled pork buns
This slow cooked BBQ pork recipe from The Wild Hideaway would distract even the most ardent footy fan from the game!
Cheesy sardine fingers
Don't knock em till you've tried em - these cheesy sardine fingers are the business.
Cheese and bacon scrolls
Bacon and cheese and scones - what's not to love?
Mini Lamb Koftas
And rounding out our footy recipes, these little lamb koftas from Keeping up with the Holsbys would earn the Sam Kekovich seal of approval.
are you a footy fan?
what's your favourite footy fodder?