When football season's in full swing I'm in the mood for a pie and a pint at half time. Now this pie you won't find down St. Andrews, but it's easy to make and you can have it whilst watching the game at home. BEEF, ONION AND POTATO PIE INGREDIENTS 1lb potatoes Salt 10oz rump steak, cut into 1cm/0.5in dice or strips 2 onions, peeled and chopped 4 thyme sprigs, leaves removed 1 garlic clove, chopped 7fl oz beef stock 1 tbsp tomato ketchup Splash red wine 2 x 11in circles of shortcrust pastry (ready-made pastry is fine) Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 eggs, beaten METHOD Peel and slice the potatoes and boil them in salted water for 10 minutes until parboiled. Drain and put to one side. In a hot pan, sear the beef until well browned, then remove from the pan. Cook the onions, thyme and garlic until softened and add the beef. Pour in the stock, the tomato ketchup and a splash of red wine and allow most of the moisture to boil away. Make sure the mixture is not too runny. Preheat the oven to 400F. Lay the sliced potatoes on the bottom circle of pastry leaving a 1in margin around the edge. Season the potato slices as you layer them on top of the pastry - you should end up with a layer of potatoes about 1in thick. Now spoon the moist beef and onion mix over the top and spread it out. If you have reduced it enough, the juices will not run off the edges. Lay the other circle of pastry on top and crimp the edges well. Brush liberally with egg wash and score any pattern you like into the pastry. Cut a tiny hole in the top to allow steam to escape and bake for 30 minutes. AND FINALLY... THE WISDOM OF KEVIN KEEGAN "One of his strengths is not heading." "He can't speak Turkey, but you can tell he's delighted." "There'll be no siestas in Madrid tonight." "England can end the millennium as it started - as the greatest football nation in the world." "They compare Steve McManaman to Steve Heighway and he's nothing like him, but I can see why - it's because he's a bit different." "Despite his white boots, he has real pace..." "That would have been a goal if it wasn't saved." "Goalkeepers aren't born today until they're in their late 20s or 30s." "The substitute is about to come on - he's a player who was left out of the starting line-up today." "The ref was vertically 15 yards away." "The tide is very much in our court now." "There are two schools of thought on the way the rest of this half is going to develop; everybody's got their own opinion..." "The game has gone rather scrappy as both sides realize they could win this match or lose it." "I'm not disappointed - just disappointed." "Argentina are the second-best team in the world, and there's no higher raise than that." "A tremendous strike which hit the defender full on the arm - and it nearly came off." "The good news for Nigeria is that they're two-nil down very early in the game." "That decision, for me, was almost certainly definitely wrong."
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