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Hilton Head Car Show

Americans love their cars. They pretty much have to. With no thriving rail infrastructure and unreliable public transportation, it’s how most people here get around.

Nowadays most automobiles are imported from abroad, but years ago the United States was the largest and greatest automotive manufacturer in the world. Some of those classic cars are still around, and motorheads across America flock to car shows to get a glimpse of history.

We headed down to Hilton Head, South Carolina for this year’s Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance… Arriving by private plane, of course.

hilton Head Car Show Cirrus

Nah, just kidding!

hilton Head Car Show Track View

hilton Head Car Show Track

The event was held on a golf course – of which Hilton Head has many! It was the first day of November and 80 degrees in the shade. I’m still getting used to this whole not-needing-a-jacket thing down south!

We had gorgeous sunny weather to wander around the greens looking at beautiful cars.

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1966 Shelby GT350H

1966 Shelby GT350H

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hilton Head Car Show RR Silver Side

1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda Style

1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda Style

1963 Ferrari 250 California Spyder SWB

1963 Ferrari 250 California Spyder SWB

The “Ferris Bueller” Ferrari was particularly popular. As he says in the film,” It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.”

Lots of other classics were on show. This VW van made me want to grab a surf board and head for the west coast.

1967 Volkswagen Type 2 21-Window Microbus Deluxe

1967 Volkswagen Type 2 21-Window Microbus Deluxe

But if I could have my pick of any car at the show, it would be this wood-paneled Chrysler Town & Country sedan. Isn’t it a thing of beauty?

1947 Chrysler Town & Country Sedan

1947 Chrysler Town & Country Sedan

1947 Chrysler Town & Country Sedan

1947 Chrysler Town & Country Sedan

hilton Head Car Show 1947 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith

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Looking at all these magnificent automobiles just brought to my attention how badly I need to learn how to drive a manual transmission! I’m ashamed I’ve made it this far without having learned. I guess that’s what years of living in big cities with taxicabs and subway systems can do to a gal!

There were also some motorcycles thrown in the mix…

hilton Head Car Show Motorcycles line

1968 Triumph

1968 Triumph

But I think I found something small, sporty, and simply perfect for me – a vintage Borden’s ice cream trike!

hilton Head Car Show Bordens Ice Cream

Since I always brake for ice cream!

It was a great end to a day at the car show.

Black Cherry Chocolate Arctic Roll

There are so many traditionally English puddings. But there’s one that always seems to provoke a pang of nostalgia with the Brits whenever it hits the table, and that’s the arctic roll. This delicious dessert consisting of a layer of cake, lined with jam, and rolled around a frozen ice cream center, became wildly popular in the 1950s and is now quite trendy again. It’s also incredibly easy to make! So when we had a dinner party recently, I decided to give it a go.

Cherry Artic Roll Ingredients

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Get your ice cream from the freezer and allow it to sit out and soften. Spoon it onto a sheet of wax paper (or parchment paper) and shape into a log. Roll it tightly in the paper, secure with plastic wrap, and return to the freezer to set.

Cherry Chocolate Artic Roll Recipe Step 3 Ice Cream

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Whisk the eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl until smooth.

Cherry Chocolate Artic Roll Recipe Step 1 Eggs and Sugar

Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder with a pinch of salt. Then gently fold dry ingredients into the egg mixture until blended.

Cherry Chocolate Artic Roll Recipe Step 2 Sift Cocoa Powder

Pour the chocolate batter into the lined baking tray, smoothing the top so surface is even. Bake for 10-15 minutes until springy to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tray for 5 minutes, then flip onto a new sheet of parchment paper lightly dusted with sugar. Gently peel off the lining paper.

Cherry Chocolate Artic Roll Step 4 Baking Sheet

Cherry Chocolate Artic Roll Step 5 Baked

Cover the entire surface of the cake with a generous layer of black cherry jam.

Cherry Chocolate Artic Roll Step 6 Spread

Cherry Chocolate Artic Roll Step 6 Spread Across

Remove the cling film and paper from the refrozen cylinder of ice cream and put in the middle of cake sheet, using the parchment paper to roll the cake around the ice cream. Wrap again in cling film and return to freezer.

Cherry Chocolate Artic Roll Step 7 Wrap up ice cream

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Just before serving, melt the chocolate in a double boiler and drizzle over the roll. I sprinkled on some chocolate hearts and garnished with fresh cherries.

Cherry Chocolate Artic Roll Finished

Cherry Chocolate Artic Roll Serving

Slice, and serve!

Artic Roll

This version was such a success! It would be perfect for Valentine’s Day or even a child’s birthday. You can also experiment with different flavour jams to create endless varieties. It keeps in the freezer for up to two weeks – so be sure to save a slice for later!

Ballymaloe House

I’ve never been very curious about my genealogy. When someone asks my nationality, I’m blunt – “American.” Then I moved to the UK, where people can trace their ancestry back through direct descendants to Roman times. Over the holidays, I was invited to Christmas drinks at a country house built in the 1740’s and I jokingly remarked to the host “You have such a lovely historic home – it’s older than my country!” It was then I  resolved to explore my roots a little bit more. As there is Irish heritage on my paternal side of the family tree, I put a visit to the Emerald Isle on my list.

This weekend I took the one hour flight over to County Cork to traipse through the Irish countryside where, generations ago, my ancestors might have roved. Something about the landscape is strangely familiar – the rolling hills, the scent of the sea, the modest main streets. But there’s a certain romance here – a cheeky Irish charm. And you couldn’t help but feel it at Ballymaloe House in rural East Cork.

The ivy-fronted 17th century country house built on Norman ruins is run by the Allen family and listed in Ireland’s Blue Book of historic hotels.

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Prunes & Apricots | Strawberry Muesli | Porridge from Macroom Stoneground Oats

Prunes & Apricots | Strawberry Muesli | Porridge from Macroom Stoneground Oats

Warm Homemade Breads | Rhubarb Ginger Jam & Blackcurrant Jam

Warm Homemade Breads | Rhubarb Ginger Jam & Blackcurrant Jam

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The house is set within 400 acres of grounds – so after breakfast, we grabbed a map and went exploring. We toured the walled garden where the restaurant grows its fresh produce, the algae-tinted ponds in the woods behind the house, and the vast golden-tipped wheat fields that lolled on as far as the eye could see, their feathery fronds bending in the breeze. The scenes reminded me of summers spent scouting through the forests and cornfields of my childhood.

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After a bit of horsing around, we made it back to the house as lunch was being served. The Allen family are known throughout Ireland for their cooking; they have a Cookery School on the premises where you can book classes or just come for one of their daily demonstrations. The first and second course was buffet style – including a carvery with 3 different roasts (pork, lamb and corned beef). Afterwards, the dessert trolley is rolled tableside – but choosing one is the tricky bit!

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Calamari | Fish Pie | Stuffed Mussels | Garden Greens

Calamari | Fish Pie | Stuffed Mussels | Garden Greens

Roast Corned Beef | Red Cabbage

Roast Corned Beef | Red Cabbage

Gooseberry Pie | Chocolate Mousse Cake | Strawberry Pavlova

Gooseberry Pie | Chocolate Mousse Cake | Strawberry Pavlova

Balls of homemade vanilla ice cream

Balls of homemade vanilla ice cream

After a dip in the pool, I’ll claim a little spot for my towel in the grass, read my Kindle and snooze off lunch.

I am really dig the Irish lifestyle already and it’s only day one…