Pâté chinois and Football Focus

Pâté chinois (pronounced: ) (known in New England as "Chinese pie") is a French Canadian dish similar to English cottage pie or shepherd's pie, or French hachis Parmentier. It is made from layered ground beef (sometimes mixed with sautéed diced onions) on the bottom layer, canned corn (either whole-kernel, creamed, or a mix) for the middle layer, and mashed potatoes on top. Variations may include sprinkling paprika on top of the potatoes, reversing the layering of ingredients, adding diced bell peppers to the ground beef, and serving the dish with pickled eggs or beets. Pâté chinois (French for "Chinese pie") is often consumed with ketchup mixed in.

Contents 1 Name origins 2 Cultural references 3 See also 4 References

Name origins A plate of Pâté Chinois, with pickled beets and a Maple leaf cookie.

Pâté Chinois is not a Chinese recipe. It may simply be an adaption of "Shepherd's Pie", but one possible explanation for the Chinese reference is that it was introduced to Canadian railway workers by Chinese cooks during the building of the North American railroads in the late 19th century. These cooks made it under instruction from the railway bosses (of English extraction) as an easily prepared, inexpensive version of the popular cottage pie, with the sauce in the tinned creamed corn serving as a substitute for the gravy.

The French Canadian railway workers became fond of it and brought the recipe back with them to their home communities. From there, it was brought to the textile mill communities of Maine (Lewiston and Biddeford), New Hampshire (Manchester), Massachusetts (e.g., Lowell and Lawrence) and Rhode Island (Woonsocket) where many French Canadians immigrated to work in the mills during the early 20th century. It may also be connected to the town of China, Maine. Some Lewiston, Maine families made a variation called Pâté au Chinois layering the dish with mashed potatoes at the bottom, ground beef next, followed by peas, whole beets, and creamed corn on the top. Cultural references

In the Québécois humorous television program La Petite Vie, pâté chinois is used to show one of the characters' abysmal lack of common sense as she regularly fails to properly prepare it, for example, by laying the three ingredients side by side instead of layering them, or forgetting to mash the potatoes. See also List of pies, tarts and flans

Football Focus and Pâté chinois

Football Focus is a BBC television show, broadcast on BBC One on Saturday lunchtimes, covering football, presented from the 2009-10 season by Dan Walker. The programme is broadcast from MediaCityUK in Salford, Greater Manchester.

The programme previously formed part of the Grandstand programme but has since August 2001 been considered a show in its own right. Prior to the launch of Match of the Day 2, it was often the first chance for viewers (apart from the viewers of Sky Sports) to see analysis of the Sunday and Monday Premier League games. The programme is now a weekly magazine, with reports from across the country at all levels of English and Scottish football. It previews the weekend's fixtures and provides updates from the early Premier League game. Since BBC have the rights to Premier League highlights, Football Focus also shows the key moments from the midweek matches. A version of the programme which looks at world football airs on BBC World News.

The theme song for the programme is different for each new season. For the 2002-03 season it was "Backaround" by Elevator Suite. The 2003-04 season featured a cover of the Stevie Nicks track "Stand Back" by Linus Loves featuring Sam Obernik. For the 2007-08 season it was "Kill The Director" by The Wombats and for the 2009-10 season it was "Jetstream" by Doves, from the album Kingdom of Rust. For 2012-13 it was "Undegpedwar" by Y Niwl from the self-titled album, and in a break with tradition continued as the theme for 2013-14.

As of 2012, presenter Dan Walker is usually joined by the BBC's main football pundits such as Mark Lawrenson, Lee Dixon, and Martin Keown. Match of the Day commentators, including Steve Wilson, Guy Mowbray, Jonathan Pearce, and John Motson often check-in with game previews from the stadiums. Presenters 1974–1994: Bob Wilson (departed to join ITV as its main football presenter) 1994–1996: Steve Rider (host of Football Focus and Grandstand and Focus for two seasons, then dropped Focus) 1996–1999: Gary Lineker (previously pundit then presented after Steve Rider dropped Focus, went to front Match of the Day) 1999–2004: Ray Stubbs (left to present Final Score on Saturday afternoons, left BBC in 2009 to move to ESPN) 2004–2009: Manish Bhasin (left to become presenter of The Football League Show) 2009–present: Dan Walker Guest presenters 2007, 2008: Jake Humphrey (presented during 2007 Ashes and Cricket World Cup while Manish was presenting BBC coverage. Also was main host during Euro 2008 Football Focus) 2005: Mark Pougatch
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