Today I had the honor of taking over on TinaMuir.com while the beautiful Tina and her groom Steve are away on their honeymoon. As many of you know Tina was born and raised in England. So when she asked me to guest blog for her on Meatless Monday, I instantly knew that I wanted to create something for her and Steve. I wish that they could actually eat the dish, but I did the next best thing I knew how.. give her a virtual recipe.
I have traveled quite a bit in England, so I felt comfortable with the cuisine, but I asked her what some of her favorite childhood dishes were because I wanted her to feel like I was actually making something for her to eat! She had mentioned that she loves Toad in a Hole, which is Sausages (Bangers) cooked into a Yorkshire Pudding. We agreed that Bangers on Meatless Monday might be a little frowned upon, so today on her site I did my version on Toad in a Hole… Lion in Hole. No, I did not use Lion meat, I actually used a very common and loved Nestle Candy Bar that is sold over in England. It’s crisp rice and caramel dipped in chocolate. It’s not healthy, but so good! So please start by visiting her site to get the Lion in Hole Recipe. Here is a Photo– this dessert is so gooey with melted caramel and chocolate wrapped around the fluffy Yorkshire pudding- it’s SO good!
As far as this Eaton Mess Recipe, well, Tina didn’t mention that she had eaten it as a girl, but she did say that she loves raspberries and Steve loves Bananas, so I came up with this. If you are unfamiliar with what an Eaton Mess is, let me enlighten you. Eaton College (a very famous learning institution-think Prince William and Harry) has been playing Harrow School in cricket for the past century. It’s a big annual game and around 1930 someone came up with this dessert recipe and it has been served at the cricket match ever since.
This is so quick and easy to make and because it’s no bake, it’s ideal for serving at summer parties, weddings, gatherings or on game day. I hope you give this recipe a try, it really is so simple and delicious.
I’d like to end with wishing my wonderful friend Tina and her new groom Steve a very happy, prosperous and long life together. May all of your days together be filled with love and joy. Hope you’re enjoying every second of your honeymoon.
What You’ll Need
For the raspberry puree:
10 oz. Frozen Organic Raspberries ( I used Trader Joe’s)
1/4 cup of Sugar ( I used Truvia Baking Blend to reduce the Sugar)
1 T. of fresh lemon juice
2 bananas sliced
12-14 Vanilla Meringue Cookies ( I used Trader Joe’s Brand) You could also make them
1 Cup of Heavy Cream
3 T. of Sugar
1 t. vanilla extract
How to Make It
First, make the raspberry puree by adding the first 3 ingredients into a blender and pulse until smooth.
In a separate medium sized bowl, add heavy cream, 3 T. of sugar, and vanilla extract. Using an hand mixer, blend until thick and creamy.
Then, on a cutting board chop the meringue cookies into quarters.
Next, Using a bowl or parfait glasses, add a layer of whipping cream, then raspberry puree, then meringue cookies pieces, then banana slices, continue layering until the glass or bowl is full.
Makes four parfait glasses.
Serve immediately or keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Do you have a favorite traditional dish? Have you ever heard of Eaton Mess or Toad in a Hole? Feel free to leave well wishes to Tina and Steve in the comments below.