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Hi, this is my life.
I love cooking.
They smell amazing.
My Dad's a chef...
but I think I'm already better than him.
My name's Matilda Ramsay,
but people usually call me Tilly.
Mum, she wears the trousers
and is the only one Dad's afraid of.
I am not kissing you when you're like that.
Big sister Megan.
She's all grown-up now
and craving to get on with life.
He's so good at sport, he's going to be playing for Britain soon.
This is Holly.
She is determined to be the greatest
fashion designer of her generation.
Dad, even though he's hard on the outside,
he's soft and mushy on the inside,
and he's quite a good cook too.
Eh, excuse me, how about very?
When you're the youngest, you have to fight to get noticed,
so that's why I love to...
This is my world.
Put these on, you'll never, ever cry again.
This summer, me, the rest of the Ramsay Bunch
and our friend Elspeth are having a great time in LA...
-Let's go, are we ready?
-..and I've been...
..and keeping a blog of all the crazy stuff we do to share with
my friends and everyone back home.
# Tonight, take me to the other side... #
I love going abroad on holiday, but I'm a British girl at heart.
I've got a Scottish dad and an English mum
and when I'm away, I sometimes miss my favourite British food.
Today, we're having a taste test tea party.
British recipes against American.
Jack, Megan, Elspeth and Holly are on the hunt for the
biggest and best American food they can find
to see whether it tastes better than my British tea party classics.
The queen of cakes - the Victoria sponge -
dainty sandwiches and some scones with jam and cream.
Then we'll see what everyone at the tea party likes best.
So, the big question is, when it's...?
# Yeah, there's a party in the USA... #
First job is to whip up a Victoria sponge.
The Victoria sponge cake
was named after Queen Victoria,
who loved having a slice
with a cup of tea.
MUSIC: Royals by Lorde
The Americans don't have a monarchy,
but let's see if they have a cake to beat this.
Sponge cakes are delicious and really easy to make.
Beat together butter and castor sugar...
Next, add vanilla extract and four whole eggs...
There's nothing better than a home-made cake.
..then get your baking powder and flour ready.
I'm sieving it so it airs it,
so the cake goes nice and fluffy.
Then grease the cake tin with oil,
this stops the cake from sticking.
Now, all we have to do is put the mixture in the cake tin.
Sponges are so easy, you can knock them up before breakfast,
though it's best to check with your adults first.
Three teas, milk, no sugar, please.
Would you like toast or a bagel?
No, no, no, no, toast. Come on, babe, you're so American!
How about you make it yourself?
Tilly, are we doing lots of Marmite, or not so much?
Like usual, please.
Tea and toast, nothing better.
Now for the American cakey contender.
In Downtown LA,
Jack, Megan, Holly and her BFF Elspeth
think amazing American doughnuts
could be a match for my Victoria sponge.
My favourite doughnut is just the plain doughnut.
Plain glazed with sprinkles, they're my favourite.
We're here to get one dozen doughnuts for a party
we're having later, but first can we see how they're made?
Come on in.
Doughnuts are so important to the Americans.
They were handed out to troops on the battlefields of World War 1 -
now there's a National Doughnut Day to commemorate it.
On the biggest day of the year, how many doughnuts do you need?
I'm not sure they'll make so many with this crazy crew helping.
When we do this many doughnuts, what we do is, we use this one
to glaze the entire thing...
-..all at the one time.
Whoa, that is so cool!
They're hot, really hot.
Girls, stop eating all the doughnuts.
Come over here, let's make some.
This is inspired by the Homer Simpson doughnut -
pink frosting with the rainbow sprinkles.
You lift it up, right?
Yeah, you're going to, like, shake it up,
and then that will slowly come off.
You got a lot of icing!
Someone likes their icing.
-Hey, look at that.
-There you go!
Holly's making a green tea one because they're so healthy...
That looks really good!
So, which doughnut would really represent California?
Everybody loves bacon,
so that saltiness with the maple
flavour icing is just perfection.
It's as American as it gets.
Those doughnuts look good,
but I still think my Victoria sponge will taste better.
To test it's definitely ready, there's a trick you can do.
You get your knife and you poke it through the middle,
and if it comes out clean like that, it means it's done.
Leave the cake to cool and get on with the filling -
yummy strawberries and cream.
I definitely think the present Queen of England
likes Victoria sponges.
I think it's pretty much a tradition.
Strawberries chopped and cake cooled.
Now to slice it in half, ready for the filling.
This bit's tricky and even I need a hand sometimes.
Will you come and help?
One, two, three.
Wow, that's really light!
Oh, that is really nice.
It's the guys on the phone to show me the competition.
'Check out the doughnuts.'
'These are the ones we made.'
BOTH: Oh, wow!
Well, we'll leave you guys cooking.
See you later!
Those doughnuts are strong contenders.
When I was at school, we used to do this thing.
-You had to eat the doughnut...
-..without licking your lips.
-Place the other layer on the top
and finish with a delicious dusting of icing sugar.
Very, very nice, Tilly. Good job.
That's definitely one for the blog
and you can find some of my recipes on the CBBC website.
Round two, it's the sandwich face-off.
You can't have a British tea party
without dainty sandwiches.
These are my proper British sandwiches.
First up, cucumber - peeled.
You can keep the skin on if you'd like, but I prefer skin off.
They're so simple -
just bread, butter and cucumber slices -
all with the crusts cut off.
British people love really dainty sandwiches.
I will also serve roast beef and mustard, and smoked salmon.
These sandwiches may be small but they're perfectly formed.
MUSIC: American National Anthem
Now for the American contender.
Here, bigger is always better...
I'm Mike, nice meeting you.
..and this is the place to go in LA for supersize sandwiches.
It's the law.
This is the only place to get a sandwich in America, yeah.
If you go get a sandwich somewhere else in America,
you're doing yourself a disservice.
Come to Mike's Deli.
If not, I'll come and arrest you.
The cops obviously like their sandwiches big.
-This is a four-foot roll.
That's almost as tall as me!
What would you say the ultimate American sub would be?
The best sandwiches I'm selling in LA right now is
roast beef, Cajun turkey, avocado,
honey mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles.
What makes a good sandwich is the meat, you have to use good quality.
This is real beef, always.
Slice the meat thin.
Jack, you pass it to me and I'll lay it on.
-Layer it up, like that.
Now you take the cheese.
Next, Cajun turkey.
-You guys like spicy, no?
-Oh, I love spicy!
-Oh, OK, perfect.
-Can we try some?
Yes! You know?
That is the best.
I've been doing this since I was 12 years old.
Whoa, this guy really loves his sandwiches.
It's good pickles, they come from New York.
This is the best sandwich you ever ate, man.
It was incredibly fast sandwich making.
It's amazing. I can't wait to eat it.
I think Tilly's going to find it really hard to beat this sandwich.
We'll soon find out!
For the final round,
the guys have picked up some amazing
American cupcakes to see if they
taste better than my last tea party classic -
scones with jam and cream.
MUSIC: Rule Britannia
They always argue whether it's...
In case you're wondering, I'm for jam first.
Scones are one of the easiest things to bake
and you can do it all by hand.
It's simply plain flour and butter.
I'm just breaking up the butter into little pieces like sand,
but it doesn't need to be too much.
..and a pinch of salt.
Next, add some vanilla extract to the milk,
pour in and work to a dough.
I'm just going to put a bit of flour down so it's easy to roll them out.
You want it to be quite thick.
Roll it out on a floured surface.
Now separate the egg yolk
and then brush it on the scones.
It makes it nice and gold and shiny.
Grease the baking tray, pop in the scones.
They're going to go in for...
Oh, they're such a nice golden colour. Wow!
All that's left to do is fill them with jam and cream.
Now, I'm just going to take some photos for my blog.
Everything's ready for my tea party,
so it's time for the
Transatlantic taste test.
MUSIC: Gonna Fly Now by Bill Conti
Come on, Jack, let's go get it.
The first bout is the sandwich showdown.
On the right, we have British versus...
I honestly don't think you can get more American than this, guys.
Which is looking best so far?
Excitement-wise, this one.
-Which one would you like, Jack?
-Roast beef, please.
Raise your hand if you prefer the American sandwich.
And then, English?
It's three votes for the American contender,
but four for the British.
Round one goes to the Brits!
MUSIC: Rule Britannia
British scones versus...
MUSIC: Word Up by Little Mix
I really enjoy the scone, but I do enjoy cupcakes as well,
so it's quite hard.
Guys, what's the score?
The scones get three votes
and the cupcakes four.
MUSIC: American National Anthem
America wins round two.
With the scores all level,
there's everything to play for in the final round.
It's time for the big hitters.
The Victoria sponge cake versus...
TENSE MUSIC PLAYS
This chocolate one?
I've got my first bite of the Victoria sponge.
You can certainly taste the difference.
I think probably the sponge.
I love a classic Victoria sponge.
-I'm definitely going American food.
I'm going to have to go for the Victoria sponge.
- The Victoria sponge. - The Victoria sponge.
So it looks like 5-2 to the Victoria sponge.
The Victoria sponge wins the royal rumble.
That makes the final score...
MUSIC: Rule Britannia
So, in the tea party stakes, Britannia rules.
# Yeah, it's a party in the USA... #
I'm going to have to stick with the English food, it's not as heavy.
You don't feel as full after.
I really enjoyed this party.
# It's a party in the USA... #
Having a taste test tea party was so much fun...
..but I want to find out what Dad thought of the food I cooked.
-Right, show me.
-These are some pictures of today.
Amazing! Amazing, amazing, amazing.
I think your friends enjoyed those afternoon tea sandwiches.
Victoria sponge was nice.
Love these scones by the way, light, airy,
and not too dense in the middle.
Look at them, beautiful. That cream and the jam oozing out.
Love that! But...
-Ooh, are you tired?
-Yeah, I'm super tired.
Look, you even sound like an American there, "I'm super tired."
I think you're getting all LA'd.
Uh? Blonde hair, brown legs.
Thanks, Dad, but that's enough of your jokes.
Uh, uh, uh, can I just...?
# Dancing through the fire
# Cos I am a champion and you're going to hear me roar... #
BUTTON CLICKS CHANGING MUSIC
MUSIC: Rule Britannia
Britannia definitely rules the tea parties.
-Come on, time for bed.
MUSIC STOPS ALL: Goodnight!