Cook's Inspiration from the UK

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Pre-made sandwiches are often factory food, far from inspiring. But these ciabattas filled with mozzarella, rocket and parma from London's Borough Market could be shrunk down for an appetizer or star in a Central Park picnic.

Lamb shoulder, duck, and of course, fish and chips. British pub food is better than we're told. Yorkshire puddings and roasted potatoes with a slow-roasted Sunday beef, anyone?

Fish stare out from many of the markets. Fish is a way to bring freshness to a winter meal when the vegetables might not the best. Pasta with prawns is easy to cook and makes a satisfying lunch.

American scones could often pass as cardboard. These tea time scones from a little tea room in the Midlands of Britain are tender and served warm with clotted cream and raspberry jam. Who has a scone recipe and some tips on keeping them so tender?