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An 80yr old Duel National British & USA


I was born in Cheltenham Glos, England. Married an American at 16, he was 19 US army. Killed in Normandy 1944 had our daughter born June '45 still in Chelt. I have grand children & great & great great from her children.

Married an English sailor 1948 had 5 more children. He died at age 33. Met another GI & married him in 57. I was a riviter on our fighter plane the spitfire & welder at 15 done my 12 years school.

We now live in Ohio where I came in 1961 we were in Germany for 3yrs, had our 1 son & daughter there then we had a son here in Elyria, Ohio. I had 9 children 4 usa 5 british but went home every year till 1988 year after my mother died but on pc to ALL over there & my mother was GOOD COOK and she taught us. We also learned in school.

Lucky for me my whole family loves English cooking. Made cottage pie just last week. I use bisto & get it from english shop here.

Recipe for Cornish Pasties
You Can Make Yourself or Buy in Bakery in England

12oz. short crust pastry
12oz. lean steak cut into small pieces
1 finely chopped onion
Salt & pepper
Carrot or turnip optional
Roll pastry into 8 rounds add meat & vegetables to each. Damp edges of pastry. Fold over to make semicircle crimp edges with fingers. Cut a small slit in each for steam to escape. Bake in hot oven for 20 minutes. Reduce heat, bake for further 40 minutes.
Delicious served hot or cold!

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Eton Mess Recipe

by Julie
(Norfolk, UK)

Eton Mess is a lovely British dessert that is really quick and easy to make.

It is named after Eton Collage - a school for boys near Windsor, in England. Eton Mess was traditionally served at the school's annual cricket game against Winchester Collage. It was made with strawberries, but you can also use mixed berries.

Eton Mess Recipe

1 cup Strawberries or mixed Berries per person.
1 cup Meringue per person
Double Cream

How to Make Eton Mess
Wash the berries and place in a bowl (it looks great in a glass salad bowl.) If any of the strawberries are large, then cut into bite sized pieces. You can also substitute frozen berries in this recipe - just make sure they have defrosted before you eat them!

Break the Meringue into pieces (not too small). Add to the bowl and mix.

Tip:Look out for broken boxes of meringue in your store and see if they will give you some money off. You are going to break up the meringue anyway, so it is ok if they are not whole when you buy them.

Pour double cream over and stir. The berries and meringue should be well coated in cream.

Serve and enjoy. Easy-peasy!!

Recipe contributed by Julie of If you are thinking you may like to start homeschooling, then do visit her website for advice and support.

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Simple chocolate cake

by Tom (Age 19)
(High Wycombe )


225g of plain chocolate

225g of unsalted butter

225g caster sugar

170g plain flour 6 large eggs separated.

1. With this recipe, melt the chocolate in a bowl over water

2. Cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.

3. Then quickly beat in the melted chocolate until nice and evenly mixed. Beat in a bit of the flour, then add an egg yolk, add more flour, then again egg yolk, until all 6 egg yolks and flour has been added.

4. Whisk the egg whites until they are frothy and the peak of the mixture stands up well.

5. Gently fold the egg whites into the mixture, being careful to lightly mix the ingredients together, without losing air from the egg white.

6. Pour and spread the mixture evenly and gently into a 20.5cm tin (8in), well greased with butter

7. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C or gas mark 4 for approx. 45 mins. Cut the cake in half or bake in two separate tins instead of one, so that you can add a filling between the layers.

8. You can also use icing on your cake or cover with some of the cake decoration ideas on this site.

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