This delicious mixture of strawberries, meringue and cream was traditionally served at Eton College at the annual prize giving ceremony on the fourth of June (Confusingly actually held on the last Wednesday in May). An apocryphal story has it that the first "mess" was caused by an excitable Labrador, sitting on a picnic basket on the way to the event. The school's historical anecdotes say that a mixture, using either strawberries or bananas, was certainly served in the school's tuck shop, during the 1930's. The term "mess" may refer to the appearance of the dish. (Some say that "mess" refers to any type of soft food mixed together). Whatever the case, this light, sweet, treat is a prize winning dish at any event.
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