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England in an RV 
Jul. 1, 2010 5:58 pm 
Updated: Jul. 25, 2010 7:23 pm
Well, here we are sitting, contemplating, relaxing and listening to the sprinkling rain on the aluminum roof of this old fifth wheel and both Bob and I have a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Accomplishments of many things and the satisfaction that goes along with those accomplishments. We've seen beautiful sunrises and sunsets out here on the Columbia River. We've seen things that totally make us just shake our heads in disbelief, amazement, whatever you want to call it. And Bob and I have been able to share those together this year. Is this building our savings? Not so much. But it's ok. I know there is more to life than how much money we can squirrel away. I think life is finding the good in each day and making sure you get at least one deep laugh from the guts. Life is slowing down and taking time to smell the roses and life definately, for me, anyway...I don't know about anyone else...is to be pleasant to at least one person each day. I don't care if it's my mother-in-law or the methhead next door. That's how I want to be remembered when I take a dirt nap and those are the things near and dear to me.
The last week has been all about BBQ's, friends, sharing laughs, beers and some good food!
Even Super Dave the Girl Cat wasn't left out of the action, she hung out, too. Smokey Lonesome has pulled a disappearing act and hasn't been seen for a week. I don't know what happened to him, but I wish him the best in his endeavors and when he decides to quit galavanting around, he's always got a home with us. I do hope he comes back.

I've been tending all of this...and stuff is starting to grow and my ideas are paying off and it's cool to watch this week after week.

Take a good look cuz this doesn't happen much...I hate my picture being taken! Here I am with my inspiration!

To date, Bob and I have sampled:
1. Italy
2. Mongolia
3. India
4. Poland
5. Cuba
6. Morocco
7. Korea
8. Russia
9. Egypt
10. Thailand
11. Ireland
12. Greece
13. Israel
14. Argentina
15. Portugal
16. Sweden
17. Japan
18. Singapore
19. France
20. Germany
21. Ethiopia
22. China
23. Nepal
24. Panama
25. French Polynesia
26. England
I just found myself scrolling back through that list and thinking, "Did I really do all that?" and I answer, "Yeah, you did!" I have learned more about different cultures, and the different ways that just sitting down to eat a meal include. I'm starting to see a pattern involving the spices used for these different cuisines. And most importantly, nothing is impossible...just use your imagination and the sky's the limit. I've tried some dishes that made my eyes cross because they were nasty and I sampled dishes that I will probably make at least once more before I die, which is going the extra mile for me because I hardly ever make the same thing twice unless it's super good. I still haven't been able to sneak any lamb in on Bob but I won't complain too much about that...he's game to try all of these meals! Halfway done...wow! I've been waiting for this point because I'm too invested to back out of this now...I'll just keep going and finish it!
Tonight was our halfway-milemark English dinner and on the menu were Steak & Ale Pie and Apple Dumplings. Trust me...this is filling! These recipes were a combination of several recipes on AR that I combined and tweaked and had to use what I had because I couldn't drop everything and run to the store! I started the Steak & Ale Pie with this gorgeous bone-in rib steak. The recipes I read said to use stew meat...but, when I hear steak & ale, I'm thinking rib steaks!

And a nice blonde ale. I admit it, I'm a beer snob! I can't get into the discussions about the hops or the malt or all that, but I know what tastes good and that's what matters to me...I couldn't care less about the lingo! I used this ale...

And stewed that cubed up steak along with the ale, carrots, mushrooms, potatoes, garlic, salt & pepper and parsley & thyme from my garden. I fished the bone out of this and thickened it up with a slurry made from, what else? Beer and flour!

These are the Apple Dumplings. I was reading on Wikipedia that dumplings are fruit with dough wrapped around them...well, I used a can of crescent roll dough wrapped around Granny Smiths, slathered with a mixture of butter, brown sugar, and apple pie spice. Then I poured cream soda in the pan and baked them...sound like a familiar recipe? It should...I used the Country Apple Dumpling recipe http://allrecipes.com/recipe/country-apple-dumplings/detail.aspx< and switched stuff up. Delicious!!

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north, Wales to the west, the Irish Sea to the northwest, the Celtic Sea to the southwest, the North Sea to the east, with the English Channel separating it from continental Europe. Most of England comprises the central and southern part of the island of Great Britain in the north Atlantic Ocean. The country also includes over 100 smaller islands, such as Scilly and the Isle of Wright. London is the capital and, also, the largest city. London's Heathrow Airport has more international passenger traffic than any other airport in the world.

The Steak & Ale Pie. I wound up using phyllo dough on the top because Bob doesn't read boxes or ask for help in the store...it's a guy thing, I'm sure...and he didn't get me puff pastry. But, in all fairness, it worked and this pie was fantastic. I love how there aren't a bunch of spices or herbs to cover up the fact that I had some really good ale and super good beef in there! Well done, England...this is fantastic stuff!

The finished apple dumplings...I've made these, I don't know how many times and...well...our neighbor, Ralph, just loves these things so we are taking him half of the pan.

This glorious tasting Steak & Ale Pie...

And those dyamite little dumplings!

Well, as you all know, this will be the last international blog that I will post on AllRecipes. I've started a new website that I will be writing on. If you haven't gotten the link and would like it, send me an email to witchywomanslifeinanrv at hotmail dot com and I'll send you the link. I can't believe how many of you have emailed me for that...I knew that a lot of you were reading these, but I had no idea that the number was THAT high and I thank each and every one of you for that. But I just feel it's time to branch out into the unknown and leave my comfort zone here. So, it's not the end, it is the beginning and the sky's the limit here!
My groceries came to $12.89, so I was able to stuff $7.11 into the Beach Bag. Halfway Week 26 total is $149.65.
I am going to start randomly emailing one of you from my email blog update list to pick the final 25 countries. Bob is picking next week...he can pretty much eat anything now and he's sure has gotten mouthy since his voice has came back, so I told him to pick. Mexico, it is, Bob!!
Oh, yeah....
I think I promised you all a giveaway on this blog, didn't I? chi_phx_singer....you need to send me an email with an address I can send this box of stuff to...congrats, Bob pulled your name out of the hat! You are getting some shot glasses, a salad bowl, heat-resistant spatulas, postcards, air freshener stuff, pastas, spices and whatever else I managed to put aside this last month or so...so email me your address!
A final farewell to all of you cool people here...and a huge thank you! You all are awesome!

Jul. 1, 2010 6:15 pm
I didn't e-mail you...because you already have mine! If you e-mail updates or anything exciting, please keep me in the loop :) The steak and ale pie looks divine- can't wait to see what happens with your beautiful new site!
Jul. 1, 2010 6:16 pm
Awesome blog, as usual! Congratulations, chi_phx_singer!! Sounds like an awesome gift box you're getting :-) I'm thinking I need to try that steak and ale pie...YUM!!
Jul. 1, 2010 6:21 pm
WOW! 26 countries! that's quite an impressive accomplishment witchy. i love reading these blogs and look forward to seeing your "food porn"!!! LOL
Jul. 1, 2010 6:34 pm
I think it is wonderful that you are fulfilling your journey! Keep up the great work!
Jul. 1, 2010 6:53 pm
Laurrie, I just today found your new blog. It is so beautiful! I love the photo layout. Congrats on reaching the halfway mark! Great seeing pics of you. I LOVE your hair!
Jul. 1, 2010 6:55 pm
Great blog, Laurrie, as usual! The Steak & Ale pie looks delicious... is it similar to a pot pie? The apple dumplings looks super yummy!
Jul. 1, 2010 7:09 pm
Citrus...that hair is all thanks to Nexxus and Miss Clairol! Momi...I would say it is on the order of a pot pie but made with beer! It's fantastic!
Jul. 1, 2010 7:09 pm
Great blog, as always Witchy! Love how you share your life with us and I am sending you an e-mail because I don't want to miss seeing what you are up to next!! Ginny
Jul. 1, 2010 7:28 pm
WOW!! Thanks Laurrie!!! The Steak and Ale looks very yummy! I'll have to put that recipe into my recipe box!! I've sent you my info for my address! :) See you on your new blog!
Jul. 1, 2010 7:37 pm
Great blog, annoyed I didn't put my name down for the gift box, it sounds great!!! I'll still follow your blog..... love you..xoxoxox
Jul. 1, 2010 8:54 pm
Looks tasty! Best of luck on the new site!
Jul. 1, 2010 9:05 pm
Well, AR will be a lonely place without your posts, but I've already got the new site saved in my favorites!! :) Once again, you've given us an out-of-this-world menu and amazing pictures to match. You're an inspirtation, Laurrie, and I'll continue to follow you all over the world every week! Love ya!!
Jul. 1, 2010 9:26 pm
The apple dumplings look delicious! Cant believe it is half way. I will have to go back and read all the blogs you did before I caught on to them! I am continually amazed at your ability to create so much love, life and good food all in that little RV! Thanks, Laurrie, for sharing it all with us. Catch you on the the flip side - peace and blessings! &hearts;
Jul. 2, 2010 5:33 am
Half-way!! It seems like you just got started! I'm a beer/wine snob like you, Laurrie. Couldn't begin to tell you about hops and bouquets, etc., but I know what tastes good. We have a rule in our house on beer: Nothing in a can and nothing with a red,white,blue label (like Budweiser, Budlight, etc.). I'd give that beer you have here a try! The steak & ale look great. I'll be following you on your new site - stop in here from time to time, though, just to say "Howdy".
Jul. 2, 2010 6:05 am
Jul. 2, 2010 6:06 am
Everything looks so delicious! Love your take on life in general. It's good to be able to enjoy the simple things, isn't it? I've enjoyed your blogs so very much and I do hope you'll make some time to stop by AR once in a while. Will miss you here and good luck in all you do! Have a great 4th!
Jul. 2, 2010 6:39 am
WW, great post! Both of those dishes look awesome and super tasty! Can't wait to see ya on the other blog site! Have a great weekend :)
Jul. 2, 2010 6:57 am
Great blog, so glad we are friends on facebook, I get to enjoy your writing still!
Jul. 2, 2010 7:23 am
You guys all have a great 4th, too!
Jul. 2, 2010 7:26 am
Sweet WW - enjoy your new beginning, and thanks for all you have done.
Jul. 2, 2010 8:04 am
Well, maui and Phil...c'mon over to the new website and have a beer with me sometime!
Jul. 2, 2010 11:01 am
Excellent again, WW. Halfway! Congrats...also congrats on the new location (blog-wise).
Jul. 2, 2010 11:58 am
Thanks, Hezzy!
Jul. 2, 2010 4:59 pm
Can't believe half a year has passed since you started this journey. I look forward to seeing the rest of it on your new site.
Jul. 2, 2010 5:33 pm
I'll see ya over there, BSM, it's BYOB!
Jul. 2, 2010 9:36 pm
I still havne't found your new site. I will email you again. LOVED the pictures tonight. I will try the steak and ale pie. Steve is Australian so he will love it I'm sure.
Jul. 2, 2010 9:37 pm
PS....I love it that Bob is getting mouthy....lol. Keeping you in my prayers for the 8th.
Jul. 3, 2010 8:25 am
I will so miss logging in to AR to hear about your food travels!!! But I will be e-mailing you about the new blog FOR SURE!!! I'm so glad to hear that Bob is getting better (even though he's mouthy ;o) - it's probably been all saved up for now!) Yummy yummy Steak & Ale Pie. I've got venison beef stew pieces in my freezer and no clue what to do with them (besides the same old beef stew, which I love, but need a change)... Maybe I'll try a Steak & Ale Pie? Thank you thank you!!!!
Jul. 3, 2010 12:27 pm
WW, this meal looks delicious. I love seeing all your photos and getting to see you is a treat! It is hard to stay optimistic at times when times get really rough. In my home, I am the glass half full. Grumpy is the opposite. Things have been very, very rough for us over the last year and half and we see just a glimmer of good happening - and the goodness and love of others who know our situation has really touched our hearts. So, when you say you like to be good to at least one person a day, I'm sure that knowing this, you are good to more than just one! Just look at your blog here and how many people you are touching with it! I hope you have a great 4th celebration!
Jul. 3, 2010 12:27 pm
Oh, and this new blog of yours? How do I find it?
Jul. 3, 2010 12:42 pm
I came across your blogs a while ago and have enjoyed every one of them. I was too shy to post though until now. I've finally come out of lurkdom just to say good luck with the new blog. That pie looks wonderful by the way.
Jul. 3, 2010 2:09 pm
Mmmm,mmm...those dumplings are definitely added to the recipe box. Another great meal. Your garden looks wonderful. See you at your new digs!
Jul. 3, 2010 3:03 pm
If anyone wants the new website link, send me an email...it's in the blog, and I'll send you the link! witchywomanslifeinanrv at hotmail dot com
Jul. 3, 2010 7:22 pm
i too am a beer snob. i think it comes with living in the pacific northwest lol. your food looks fantastic as always. i wish you the best with the rest of your project. are you headed to the lake tomorrow with the rest of the town, or going somewhere else for the 4th?
Jul. 4, 2010 4:28 am
I'm staying put, amber, and having a taco bar for family and friends...the lake is a madhouse!
Jul. 4, 2010 11:22 pm
hi,as usual an awesome blogs and beautiful pictures,and you are beautiful,i will miss you here and feel realy sad that you r going,but i hope i will be following you on ur blog ,i have sent the request,regards
Jul. 4, 2010 11:43 pm
Darlin', LOVE YA, but in all farenesss, ya shoulda made Steak and Guiness pie, or Steak and Kidney pudding! The first is TO DIE FOR, but I don't like vital organ meat, so the kidney has never tripped my trigger! Keep up the trip!
Jul. 5, 2010 10:42 am
Can't imagine not reading your blogs and learning and trying your recipes. Entering your new email address right now! Can't imagine my day without your talents and humor!
Jul. 5, 2010 12:22 pm
Love what you do, how you think, and can't wait for Mexico. Gal, you keep me inspired! sva20e03
Jul. 5, 2010 1:18 pm
How cool,We ars going RV'ing soon,my son had cancer{he is 4}.We are getting Make-a-wish to rent him an RV,and going to travel,I thought I would share that with you,and congrats to you all for spending your life enjoying!Wendy?.
Jul. 5, 2010 1:35 pm
I have greatly enjoyed reading of your " weekly wanderings". Thank you for taking the time to share. I was telling my family of you and your writings this evening and my 13 year old said, "Mom, that sounds like you." Well, I certainly took it as a compliment! So now I guess I will open our own weekly "Around the World Diner"! Blessings!
Jul. 5, 2010 6:39 pm
How interesting Witchy.. glad you liked the pie. My inlaws like this pie, but they use kidney meat.. ugh. I'm shocked you didn't whip up some bubble & squeak! :)
Jul. 5, 2010 7:37 pm
Your blog is so fun. What a clever way to showcase your cooking and recipes.
Jul. 5, 2010 7:55 pm
Great blog, really enjoyed it... I too love a traditional steak and ale pie although not eaten it since leaving England. Its usually something I would eat at wintertime or one of our cold summer days!!!
Jul. 6, 2010 4:12 am
your meal looks great. Garden looks great. I've been picking my grape tomatoes and got the first normal sized tomato yesterday. I think that means BLTs for breakfast.
Jul. 6, 2010 6:42 am
apple.studel: It was pretty chilly the day I made that! We are just now, today, starting to get summer weather...LOL! 'Bout time!
Jul. 6, 2010 6:44 am
I just wanted to let you all know that I am so overwhelmed at the number of emails that I am getting from you all! It's really awesome and I am trying my damnedest to answer each one separately...I truly had no idea that so many of you read these! Thanks so much!!
Jul. 6, 2010 11:15 am
Witchy, have no idea why you have opted to no longer post here, but I believe your blogs encompass what this site is all about - cooking and fun. I enjoy reading what you post. I realize people can post whatever they want in their blogs, but to me.. your posts and blogs are always in the spirit of AllRecipes. Your posts will be missed. It has become somewhat ugly here of late - censorship and banning? Seriously, on a cooking site?? That's almost laughable. But between the sniping and stupidity of some of these blogs.. I believe I'll just stick to browsing recipes and commenting on only cooking related blogs from here on. Good luck to you in that RV.. I'll miss traveling and cooking vicariously through you!
Jul. 6, 2010 1:39 pm
Send me an email, Belles and I'll send you a link to the new site! I'm still blogging but I am trying to expand my horizons...
Jul. 6, 2010 3:35 pm
BellesAZ, everytime I read your posts I have to make sure nothing is in my mouth because I laugh out loud! You are so right - what's going on on these blogs. People are losing their minds? The only sane one left is Witchy in an RV for Pete's Sake! LOL As for Witchy, I have enjoyed reading your blogs a great deal. I wish you the best of luck, have fun with the last 25 countries.
Jul. 6, 2010 4:30 pm
Thanks, Suzie...I know what you all mean...people done lost their freaking minds over a cooking website...it used to pi$$ me off, now I just laugh because of how ridiculous it all is....thanks guys! I appreciate that!
Jul. 7, 2010 6:57 am
Bwahahaha... I thought I was all by myself in thinking that, Witchy, but as per the norm, you said it in your most usual and eloquent way.. they are losing their minds! Don't blame you for disappearing. You get chided for publishing your food blog, which has been incredibly fun and entertaining.. I've seen nasty (read that Jealous) people say negative things about your blogs.. and yet, we are subjected daily to blogs that have nothing to do with cooking and those are defended! It makes no sense to me!! Blog on my friend and good luck to you!
Jul. 7, 2010 7:11 am
Great as always, I'll be following your quests on your new site! Stop by AR and say hi once in awhile! All the best to you and Bob!!!
Jul. 7, 2010 7:58 am
Oh Belles, you don't even understand...I can be much more eloquent than that! LMAO! But then, again, I'd be censored....LMAO!! Razzberryice said it well....pretty soon all that will be lefton this site will be the sniping, backbiting, underhanded trash and I've always been one to empty mine on a daily basis! Keep in touch, Belles, dragonfly and Suzie...you guys are all #1 in my book!
Jul. 7, 2010 8:15 am
And I guess I feel compelled to clarify that remark further: 98% of the people on this website are the coolest people I've ever "talked" and talked to! It's that 2% that I'm referring to...life is negative enough anymore without me sticking around and getting drawn into it...been there and done that with the negativity and looking back, I never did see exactly how miserable I actually was. Whatever, doesn't matter. The point is, I, knowing fully well how easy it is to sucked back into that sewer, am not, intentionally, going there again. That's why I'm opting to take my international blogs elsewhere. That wasn't my intention when I started this project, but this is just something I decided I needed to do for myself. Nothing more, nothing less. That's the reason I'm moving my blogs: for me, not that 2%.
Jul. 7, 2010 8:25 am
It was funkin' up my vibe...LMAO! You all have a great day, I'll check in later, we're getting our first 90 degree day of summer and I'm gonna enjoy it...and I hope you all enjoy yours too!
Jul. 7, 2010 2:36 pm
I agree with you WW.. the vast majority of people here are wonderful. I'm going swimming.. we're a tad higher than 90 degrees. My dad in St. Helens must be roasting today!
Jul. 7, 2010 3:47 pm
We are roasting...I stayed out as long as I could, but I'm in the air conditioning now!
Jul. 7, 2010 7:18 pm
I read all your blogs. This one, by far was my favorite. Love you! :)
Jul. 7, 2010 7:19 pm
xoxoxo....ya already know, Bronc!
Jul. 8, 2010 6:59 am
Hi, I was so glad to see your email in my box. I travelled the last week, so I didn't have an access to Internet. Your new site is amazing. Due to a hot weather here in the summer, I am not always around, I spent all day on the beach, but I will visit your site as often as possible. Your meal looks wonderful. I wish you all the best.
Jul. 8, 2010 8:16 am
I look forward to seeing you, DiamondGirl!
Jul. 9, 2010 2:33 pm
Wishing you all the best on the new site, and you know where to send the link! LOL! XXX
Jul. 19, 2010 6:22 am
a "dirt nap"...that's a new one to me! hehehe I love it!! too funny
Jul. 19, 2010 11:09 am
Witchy I ALWAYS follow your blog.....where can I see your new one????? And I always follow Barbara K but she's stop posting too....?????? PLease let me know. Thanks! Elle
Jul. 22, 2010 4:01 am
Dear Witchy: cheepchick explained that I could cut and paste my website recipe on my blog. I thought I had to go through allrecipes.com system to post a recipe. See my blog of 7/22
Jul. 25, 2010 7:23 pm
I'm definitely going to try those dumplings and that stew looks wonderful. It's amazing how many countries you've cooked your way through...so very cool. Please don't forget to let us know where you end up blogging...I did send my email. I was born in Scotland..there's a suggestion for your next trip. They have some good food there but whatever you do, DO NOT make a thing called Tripe..it is the worst smelling, fowlest tasting dish you can imagine..it's cow stomach..yech, I can still smell it from my mother's kitchen. Now, she did make a great dish called Mince and Tatties, and a wonderful candy called Tablet...more than made up for the Tripe! Happy Cookin'.....and did you say you were coming over to water my plants?
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I've been married to my husband for almost 10 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state about 30 miles Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight series. First, I am a food writer. My blog is called Baked Lava and I'm currently cooking my way around the world, a meal from every country and territory and lots of original recipes. I feature my original recipes in a monthly column for our local newspaper. I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my container garden and the community garden that I've helped get started. My garden passion is growing rare heirloom tomatoes. I admin several garden groups on Facebook. I love to create new recipes. I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety. I am a multiple prize-winning nature photographer. I am also a professional cook and work in the food industry and continue to further my education with every opportunity that comes my way.
My favorite things to cook
I don't have really a favorite thing to cook, per say...I'm not afraid to cook anything. I've recently taught myself how to can and make bread. I still have no great love of making cookies. I'm getting very well-versed in worldwide cuisine, as I'm cooking my way around the world. I love to create new recipes and rarely, anymore, do I have one that flops, but it does and will happen...the road to hell was paved with good intentions, or so they say. My favorite cuisine in this worldwide culinary adventure has been, so far, Belgium...fantastic food! I also am partial to Vietnamese, Korean, Azerbaijani and Hungarian cuisine...and Middle Eastern food kicks @ss!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition is the weekly international meals that I prepare. The tradition is that my blog readers choose what country they would like to see from week to week and I cook an entire meal for 4 people with a budget of $20. Right now I am in the middle of my "Austerity" project where we are solely eating from the freezers and cupboards...you really have to creative to do this and I am making up recipes as I go...I have used a few AR recipes and credit back to them, though.
My cooking triumphs
I've had several of my original recipes published. I've had my blog featured in a magazine. I now write a monthly food column based on my blog for our local newspaper. I am a Food Buzz featured publisher, I'm on PetitChef, RecipesUS and Foodista among many, many other cooking websites. I guess it's safe to say that due to my cooking, I have now ventured into the world of food blogging and into a smaller group of us fellow global food bloggers and I've made some amazing friends. I've recently had several recipes published in a co-op cookbook of international food bloggers.
My cooking tragedies
There have been several and there aren't enough characters in the 1000 allotted to list them all down! My motto? Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You've got nothing to lose by trying something new!
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States