I’m what people consider an Anglophile (don’t you hate words that end in -phile?). I love Downton Abbey Ben Barnes  Charlie Hunnam, all recent super hero casting choices  I love the English countryside, and how beautiful it is to see one solitary tree on a hillside meadow dotted with white sheep. I love C.S. Lewis and fairytales. I love Bath; I love Jane Austen novels.

I know that if I could start my life over again, I would spend at least a year or two in Oxford after I graduated from college, just in case some ruddy cheeked footballing graduate student wanted to fall in love with me and start a family.This recipe is for any of you who are like me. It’s very simple, it originated at the school attended by Prince William and Lord Grantham , and it’s absolutely delicious. Or perhaps I should say brilliant.Nigella Lawson taught how to make Eton Mess on one of her shows and explained the reason for its name is that the school boys at Eton would sort of “mush up everything together in their pudding.”

That sounds like a perfect dessert to me, and here is how to make it:

  • Eton mess
  • Balsamic strawberries (recipe is found here.)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6-7 meringue cookies, crushed
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip cream with powdered sugar and
  • vanilla until soft peaks form. Fold balsamic strawberries and crushed meringues into the whipped cream.
  • Spoon into serving bowls or glasses.

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