Eton Mess. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? Oh those Brits. Makes you wonder what they were thinking when they named things like Spotted Dick, Jam Roly Poly and Stargazey Pie. So let me tell you about “Eton Mess”. It’s a delightful traditional English dessert said to have originated in the 19th century at the hoity toity British boarding school and is traditionally served on June 4th at the annual cricket game against the rival Harrow School. It always contains ripe fresh strawberries, whipped cream and meringue bits all sort of folded together or if you’re fancy, layered parfait style, in a bowl or cup. The strawberry juices run into the cream, which soaks into the crunchy meringue bits making one delicious mess of a dessert.
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I was in a small pub in Chipping Camden the evening before a week long hike through the English countryside. I was tired, having spent the better part of that day trying to get from London to this little village at the start of the trailhead. I had convinced myself that a hike along the Cotswold Way would be a great thing, a wonderful solo adventure with everything I needed for the week in a small daypack. The Plan was to hike between several small towns, enjoy the scenery and my own company, stopping each evening at small bed & breakfasts and pubs. But first, I had to get to the damn trailhead. It had been a challenge but after two trains, a bus and many curious looks I found myself deposited, slightly disoriented, smack dab in the middle of what looked like a movie set of a typical country village. I had hoped to start hiking that afternoon but as with most best laid plans, it didn’t quite work out that way. It was rainy, a little chilly and I stumbled upon what was to be the first of many picturesque pubs in the middle of somewhere. Hiking would have to wait until tomorrow. A few pints of ale and a hearty shepherd’s pie did much to improve my mood. Feeling warm and fuzzy and not quite ready to venture out into the rain, I ordered a dram of something burning and perused the dessert list. The usual suspects: sticky toffee pudding, some kind of custard, an apple cake. And Banoffee Pie. Banoffee? What the hell was that?