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Smack barm pey wet!

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Actress Gabrielle Union spotlights accomplished women on her social media weekly, and this week chose to share the story of the OL Reign’s Madison Hammond, the first Native American woman to play in the NWSL.

Ramble of the Day

I stumbled across a months-old video of someone eating what he called a three course Wigan meal for Joe, in large part because other people stumbled upon this months-old video. I will fully acknowledge that I am behind on many when it comes to knowledge about cuisine in Wigan, but I’m doing my best to catch up. The thing about a video like this to foreign eyes and ears is that it’s extremely informative, and in this case, incredibly entertaining.

Where to even begin? I love that the concept of a Wigan Kebab is nothing like what you would normally picture a kebab to be. I suppose the beauty of food is that people can adapt recipes and put their own twist on things, but I genuinely find it endearing so I’m not complaining. The actual Wigan Kebab, of course, is slightly shocking, but I emphasize slightly — I’m from America, and a pie inside a couple of buns is not an entirely foreign concept, even if it’s a new one.

The Wigan Kebab is really only a preface to the rest of this man’s three course meal, because smack parm pey wet sounds unlike anything I have ever heard of. The names, I’ve found, are just as important as the food itself. I really do mean important — I’m learning so much and see the value in all of this. I fully support the idea of a fried potato that takes on the role of a patty in a bun, though the pey wet is something I cannot automatically get on board with. I couldn’t find a recipe for pey wet, but I did find one for pea gravy and it doesn’t quiet match the description from the expert, so I remain confused.

Smack parm pey wet was a lot of words for one thing, but then there’s babby’s yed, which is its own education on how Wiganers speak. The name describes the look of the dish, which they say looks like a baby’s head, and even the man eating this food says babby’s yed and baby’s head differently. I’m completely impressed with the variety of presentation when it comes to meat pie, and fries make a natural pairing.

What I love about the video is that it does the work of a good food travel program — it gives you genuine insight into a location, and in multiple ways. I am genuinely interested in trying all of this, though I have to admit that it would have to be in small portion sizes because there is absolutely no way I could make it through even two full dishes here.

tl;dr: This guy’s three course Wigan meal is so informative about Wigan and its cuisine, and it has me genuinely interested in trying some of this food.

Stay informed, watch this: San Diego Loyal coach Landon Donovan explains why his team walked off the field when a player received homophobic abuse from an opponent Wednesday night

Links of the Day

FIFA will allow clubs to keep players during the international break if quarantines of five or more days are required in countries they travel to or are based in with their clubs.

Two more Colorado Rapids players and a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

The USL Championship’s San Diego Loyal walked off and forfeited a match against Phoenix Rising after a Loyal player received homophobic abuse from an opponent.

Transfer updates: Brighton signed Andi Zeqiri from Lausanne; Barcelona signed Sergiño Dest from Ajax

A longer read: Jonathan Liew on Borussia Dortmund’s priority of flipping young players and what success is for a team with only one trophy since 2012 for The Guardian