My Fair Lady: 5 British Recipes to Celebrate Eliza Doolittle

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May 20, 2011

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'Ello dear reader!

Happy Friday! While you may or may not know it, May 20th is Eliza Doolittle Day - the main character in My Fair Lady, the movie-musical which brought you "The Rain in Spain". The holiday, a fabrication of the movie script, is little known and even less celebrated. This pseudo-holiday champions one of Audrey Hepburn's most famous roles and the lovable, rags-to-riches Eliza Doolittle in the classic retelling of Pygmalion, so celebrate this 'istoric day with a few British-inspired recipes.

From My Fair Lady:

"One day I'll be famous, I'll be proper and prim, Gone to St. James so often I will call it St. Jim. One evening the King will say, "Oh, Liza, old thing,* I want all of England your praises to sing.
Next week on the twentieth of May, da-da-da-da-da-da-DA, I proclaim Eliza Doolittle Day!"

My Fair Lady (1964) - "Just You Wait!"


Beef Wellington Named for the Duke of Wellington, the recipe dates back to the mid 19th century and is sort of a modified pie: pate is spread across puff pastry, wrapped around a beef fillet.
Bangers and Mash This recipe uses chicken sausage as a low-fat alternative to traditional sausage, which when panfried could sometimes cook too quickly and explode with a "Bang!"
Cornish Pasties A thick puff pastry crust filled with chunks of beef, carrots, potatoes and other root veggies for a hearty meal, hot or cold. English Trifle A dessert featuring layers of whipped cream and lady finger cookies/biscuits/cake soaked in liqueur- similar in style to Tiramisu.
Bread Pudding The perfect use for leftover bread, this recipe is a cross between a pudding and a pull-apart bread, but completely tasty!
Yorkshire Pudding A traditional accompaniment to Roast Beef

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