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There's no doubt about it – certain foods go with certain sports. Where would tennis be without strawberries or a good game of footie without a meat pie? Take a look at what we think are the best foods to eat when watching sport; be it on the box or outdoors.
Basketball, baseball & American football: All-American fare
Events: American Football Super Bowl, US (February), Major League Baseball, US (April-September), London Four Nations Basketball, UK (August)
A time-honoured barbecue favourite, these spicy chicken wings taste wonderful dipped in their blue cheese dressing.
Who doesn't love a hot dog; they're classic fare whether it's for barbecues, watching sport and wintry evenings.
Look out for special offers on free-range chicken legs, thighs or drumsticks for this recipe for Southern fried chicken.
This easy Tex-Mex recipe from Matthew Drennan is a great hotpot-cum-hearty soup, enhanced by the gentle heat of green chillies. It's perfect comfort food fare.
You'll catch many hands in the cookie jar if you bake these old favourites.
There's no need to wait for a special occasion before you tuck in to this classic American treat.
Cricket: East meets west
Events: Cricket County Championships begin, UK (April), Lords, UK (May), Old Trafford, UK (May), The Ashes (July)
This fab low-cal soup has many variations. We have made ours with beef. It’s also great with leftover chicken or turkey. It's a perfect dish to freeze ahead.
An Indian-inspired twist on the traditional scone.
You can’t beat this easy English take on a vegetarian curry with spinach and lemon wedges. Cold, it makes a great picnic salad.
This is a salad inspired by, rather than true to the notion of, piccalilli. It goes well with any terrine or pâté, as well as cold meats or smoked fish.
An upmarket recipe for classic strawberries and cream.
Football: It's got to be meat
Events: Premier League , UK (August), Uefa Champions League (September), World Cup (Summer 2010)
It's hard to better a good beef burger when it comes to a barbecue. This can also be cooked indoors.
Beef and ale would be more than enough to make this comforting recipe a hit, but add caramelised onions and you have an unforgettable pie.
Based on a well-loved Thai recipe, these are like extremely flaky samosas. You could make your own puff pastry but for those in a rush look for a good, all-butter brand.
Horse-riding: Posh picnic
Events: Glorious Goodwood (July)
Hickstead Show Jumping, Sussex (July)
Windsor Equestrian/Jumping & Dressage Championships (August)
Horse of the Year Show, Wembley (October)
Langoustines and mayonnaise were made for each other but prawns would work just as well, as would crab for this wonderful starter.
A truly retro picnic dish.
Turn bought coleslaw into something home-made with this easy no-cook dish. Try with cooked turkey or beef if you prefer.
Britain's favourite pre-dinner drink is transformed into a party jelly in this clever recipe.
This peach and raspberry cocktail is made with a delicious fruit puree and Champagne or sparkling wine.
Rugby: Male and hearty fare
Events: Rugby Union (January-June), Rugby League (August-November)
A good old-fashioned meaty treat.
This quintessential British dish pays homage to British Food Fortnight, which starts today. This pie recipe will satisfy the hungriest of stomachs.
This sweet and sticky treacle tart is fun to make - but much more fun to eat!
Come and browse our selection of delicious barbecue recipes. Get barbecue-savvy with our hot tips and al fresco menu ideas.
Sailing & Rowing: Fish supper a necessity
Events: Oxbridge Boat Race (March), Henley Regatta (July), Cowes Week, Isle of Wight (August)
These individual seafood tarts are satisfying enough to serve as a main course or substantial snack.
This combination is not as odd as it sounds – the floral notes of strawberries and pineapples work well together with langoustines (which are increasingly known as Dublin Bay prawns).
This home-made takeaway recipe of fried fish is easy to make and tastier than your local chippy.
What used to be an inexpensive nibble is now a bit of a luxury. What the heck, treat yourself.
There's no need to cook with this delightful dessert. Kids and adults alike will love these home-made chocolate treats, made with only three ingredients.
Tennis: Summer high tea
Events: Wimbledon, UK (June), U.S Open Tennis Championship (August)
This old-fashioned British savoury makes a great lunch. It would also make an elegant, if minimalist, starter.
This easy vegetarian cheesy tart recipe is perfect to slice up and pop in a sealed container for al fresco eating.
Try these gourmet sandwiches for that quintessentially great British taste. They're perfect for an afternoon tea or birthday party.
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