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It's great to be back!
My name's Matilda... ALL: Tilly!
..but people call me Tilly!
I'm crazy about cooking...
..mad to mess about...
..and I've got the most embarrassing family EVER!
ALL: Says who?
-Is it true you have a boyfriend?
I didn't use your recipe!
-Dad's a chef...
-Matilda, where's my frying pan, please?
-..but I've taken over the kitchen in this house.
-What are you doing?
I'm looking for my frying pan.
-Tilly rules, OK?
-Thank you, you're welcome(!)
-Thank you, you're welcome(!) Thank you.
-You're so annoying!
We're in sunny, sports-mad Los Angeles.
As usual, I've been cooking my heart out, doing my food blog
and along with my folks, going sport crazy, just like the locals.
The most popular sport in the US is American football.
It's a bit confusing for us Brits, because what the Americans call
football is like our rugby and what we call football is soccer for them.
So the big question is, "What's the best sport in the world?"
Holly, Meg and Jack have gone to find out why
the Americans love their football so much.
These guys are good.
The gang will be starving after their working-out with this lot,
so I'm cooking up an all-American football feast.
Sloppy Joes, what every American footie fan eats at a game,
my touchdown dip 'n' chips and the most famous
dessert in the whole of the United States, cherry pie.
I'm kinda scared, I haven't done any training like this.
I just can't wait to get started.
I seen you guys up there watching us, did you like what you see?
-You all want to try it out?
Well, let's get you all suited up.
I feel like I've got all the gear and no ideas.
-I just want to get going.
-I'm a bit nervous to start, but I'm excited.
I'm ready to go. I wish my trainers matched my top though.
Come on, Megan! This is gridiron training, not catwalk modelling!
Watch it, Jack! Whilst they're hanging out with the Blackhawks,
I'm doing what I love best. Cooking.
Starting with a pitch-side favourite, Sloppy Joes.
It is a dish that everyone traditionally eats
at American football matches. And the reason they all eat them?
They're so good, but very sloppy.
First things first. Chop half an onion.
When you're using a sharp knife, make sure you concentrate
and always be careful.
Chop one green pepper and a couple of cloves of garlic.
It's a lot easier if you squash them before you peel them
and then the skin just falls off.
Then chuck it all in a frying pan with a splash of oil.
Oh! The onions cooking are making me cry.
Some people cook their onions with swimming goggles on.
It's quite a good idea, to be honest.
Next, add minced beef.
I'm going to add in a splash of wuss-tus-er sauce.
I can't really say it. I think it's "Wuss-tus-er... sauce".
'Hmm. I'll work on that.'
And then about three quarters of this ketchup.
This is where it gets really sloppy.
Simmer for 20-30 minutes.
I will FaceTime the others and see how they're getting on.
-Can you see us all?
Yeah, but you're upside down.
OK, well, stand on your head! Just do something!
All right, that's better.
OK, well, I've got this waiting for you guys.
-Well, we'll see you in a little bit, OK?
Wow, they seemed busy!
-To the line, let's go, let's go!
We've been introduced to such an amazing sport.
How much does it actually mean to you, football?
Well, football in America is the number one sport out here
and it's the favourite pastime of all sports.
The biggest game in American football is the Super Bowl.
Last year, over 140 million people watched it.
-Nice one, Meg!
-That's what I'm talking about! Look at that!
-I caught the ball!
-We might have to suit her up on Saturday night!
One, two, three...
They're not the only ones working hard.
My sandwich filling's been simmering for half an hour.
This is very sloppy. But definitely delicious.
And it's going to be served in buns,
so it's going to be very messy.
Wow! Looking delicious.
You're going to be able to see why they call it sloppy.
When you bite it, it's all going to explode out.
Time to get some photos to add on my blog.
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Holly, Meg and Jack are getting tired and sweaty
at the American football. CHEERING
How old were you when you started playing?
I was six years old when I started playing.
Wow! Six! That's pretty young.
Yeah, growing up in the inner city,
that was one of our great things to do so we could stay out of trouble.
When you quite the troublemaker, the hyper one, like Jack?
I think me and Jack was probably the same.
-There you go, Jack.
Here comes a touchdown dance!
Good job! Good job!
One, two, three... Blackhawks!
From one touchdown to another, these are my touchdown dip 'n' chips.
It's a bit like healthy crisps.
You can dump them in the dip or just scoff them.
Either way, they're delicious. Touchdown!
These are so simple to make.
I'm going to start by taking all of the kale leaves off the stalk.
So you just rip it off, it's really quite easy.
Kale belongs to the same family as Brussels sprouts and cabbage.
Wash and dry the cabbagey kale and add some olive oil.
This olive oil helps them turn into crisps.
A bit of salt and pepper.
Spread your kale out
and bung it in a hot oven for 30 minutes to get nice and crispy.
Now the dip, one of mum's favourites!
So, plain yoghurt.
Wow, that came out fast!
And then I'm going to add in the juice from a lemon.
Now it's nice and squishy.
To make sure you don't get any pips in your dressing,
just squeeze the lemon upwards
and then the pips rise to the top and you can just pick them out.
A big handful of chopped parsley and a pinch of salt and pepper
finishes off my yummy dip.
Mmm, that's good.
Wow, my chips look really good.
They're very fragile, so you've got to be careful not to crush them.
It looks great. I'll just get some pictures for my blog.
This is going to look brilliant on my blog.
They've played the sport,
now my family are going to learn how to cheer for it American style.
-Are you excited?
-I cannot wait, honestly.
I wish we'd got you one of those leotards.
-Are you guys ready?!
-I can't wait, that was amazing!
We are the LA Dream All-Stars.
We need to get you guys some hair and some bows.
Looking good, girls.
But where's yours, Jack?
We're going to do an actual cheer right now.
We're going to hit a right low B. So we want to squat nice and low...
Now we're going to switch it. 5,6,7,8, switch!
Now, you don't... 7,8, hip!
We're going to switch, 5, 6, 7, 8!
Now, for the grand finale of the high B, 5,6,7,8, chin up!
So it's gonna go "L-A, let's go!"
Clap, clap, clap.
ALL: L-A, let's go!
-You got it!
-L-A, let's go!
-L-A, let's go!
-You got it!
LA, let's go!
-LA, let's go!
This is a great team spirit, and it just seems like, really fun.
So you're going to take your inner foot,
overlap it with your other base.
Cheer's a great sport, you get to not only learn great skills,
tumble, dance, but you also get to form a family with your team-mates.
You've kind of got to learn just
to not care what anyone thinks and just do it.
And laugh at yourself, you can't yourself seriously when you do this.
-Come back again, you guys!
-LA Dream, yeah!
Give me an H, give me a U, give me an N...
Yeah, well you get it, they'll be hungry!
So I'd better crack on with my last dish.
Cherry pies are so American, everyone here grows up on them.
I can see why they love them. Trust me, they're amazing!
The first thing I need to make for my cherry pie is the pastry.
You need flour and chopped butter.
I quite like doing this because it's fun and messy.
Holly and Megan wouldn't like doing that because they're too woo-oo!
Perfect. Now I'm just going to add in one egg...
..and mix in some plain yoghurt. Whisk that up.
So then I'm going to add this in... Mix it round...
Add a tiny bit of water.
This is really easy, you just mix it all together to make a pastry ball.
Wrap it up.
Into the fridge.
It's time to make my cherry filling.
Take the stones out of your cherries.
This is quite messy.
Then heat them in a pan.
Add cornflour, sugar, and vanilla extract.
And then you just turn off the heat and I'll leave that to cool down.
-Hey, guys! Oh, wow!
-How you doing?
We're footballers and we're cheerleaders.
-Let's see how good you are.
-Tilly, we're better than that.
'Watch it, bro! OK, my turn.'
-Run that way and catch the ball while running. Go!
'Oh, that doesn't count!'
-3,2,1, go! Run!
'He got me! I'm giving him a red card!
'Back to the pie and my pastry.'
This half is going to be for the base
and this half is going to be for the top. Hi, Dad.
-Tilly, flour the rolling pin so the pastry doesn't stick, please.
Just lightly dust it.
-Let me show you something.
-'Dad always has to butt in.'
Now, that's too much flour.
The best thing to do is scoop off that excess flour.
Watch - then lightly dust. Too much flour...
-Do you always have to take over?
-It changes the texture of the pastry.
-OK, that's good.
-Let me just show you, please.
-Dad, it's my pie!
I know he's going to try and make it look really posh.
I'll just show you one more little thing. Get your strips...
And just twist them. You put that across the pie like that...
Strips of pastry would look really fancy.
Tilly, you don't have to do it that way,
it's just another idea from your brilliant dad.
I'd better finish my pastry,
but I'm going to go with my decoration on the top, not his.
I'm keeping it simple.
So I'm going to make little slits in the pastry on the top,
a bit different to dad.
This is to let the air in, because sometimes the pie can explode.
Pop it on a tray to catch the drips. Bake for one hour.
Wow, that looks really good.
I'm just going to get some pictures for my blog.
-Till, slide one on, please. Tilly, these look incredible.
-Anyone for some kale?
-Yes, please, Mum.
-Love the kale chips, Tills.
-Thank you. they're really healthy.
So, guys, these sloppy Joes are really good for after some
-We are now pro American footballers.
What kind of things did you learn?
We did some basic drills like ladders and foot drills.
-Then they got the quarterbacks to throw us the ball.
Tilly, good job, by the way.
So, everyone, this is my all-star American pie.
The pastry looks lovely, especially the way it's been rolled out.
-Tilly, did you tell everybody I help to roll it?
-No, you didn't.
-You did, I did see.
-You did the bottom, but no-one saw the bottom.
-I cannot wait.
-Tilly, this is a bit of a guilty treat.
That is delicious. Seriously.
I put this menu together for after your sporting day, I thought
-it would be perfect.
-Any moves? Any shakin' moves, Jack?
-Go on, Jack.
Dad can be a pain in the butt, as they say over here, but I love
having our foodie heart to hearts at the end of a good day's cooking.
What do you think is the best sport in the world?
Phew, that's a very, very tough question.
I mean, I think soccer is one of the most watched sports in the world.
American football is big in America,
but it's not that big around the rest of the world.
My favourite sport is triathlons, which is
a combination of three sports - swimming, cycling and then running.
-Really good lunch, delicious.
Love the sloppy Joe, it was quite nice
and bound together with a really nice rich tomato sauce, right?
-Yeah, tasty. Loved the kale.
What was in the yoghurt?
-So, it was parsley, salt, pepper and lemon juice.
-And cherry pie...
-So, yes, cherry pie.
-One of the most famous pies here in America.
That was delicious, really good indeed.
-Have you ever been to an American football match?
Because sometimes they play the games at Wembley,
and I'm just thinking when we get back home,
if somebody invites you to a football match,
like a guy from school invites you to a football match....
There, you can look at the pictures!
No, but I'd like to come with you!
-OK, guys, ready?
One, two, three... Hup! Hup! Hup!
Oops! You know the rules!
-No American football indoors, please! It's bedtime!