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This Side of the Pond

Notes from an Uprooted Englishwoman

Quick, off the top of your head: what edible item are you least likely to include in your dinner plans tonight?

If your answer was “stinging nettles”, I’m afraid you’re not going to be much of a contender at an annual event I had no idea has been going on in my home county.

I speak of Dorset’s version of the traditional eating contest, which movies have informed me will usually involve scarfing down several thousand hot dogs or cherry pies. However, it would seem my neighbors did not get the memo about attracting more participants by featuring pleasant flavors.

And so, we introduced humanity t...