Tuesday, January 17, 2012

downton abbey recipes

I hope you love Downton Abbey as much as I do. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you need to get yourself over to PBS and catch a few episodes. Better yet, the whole first season is available on Netflix. And it is so good. Part drama, part romance, all British period piece. And it's not just me. Critics are raving about this show. So are bloggers.

I've been so happy to see the same enthusiasm for Downton Abbey on other blogs, and was particularly inspired by the home decor captured at Design Sponge and the fashion captured at Mon Petit Chou Chou. I thought a recipe round up might be a good accompaniment!

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All the dishes you see below are either from the show, or traditional British fare. The first is apple charlotte, the dish Mrs. Patmore refuses to make for Sir Anthony Stallan's visit. The fourth is raspberry pavlova, similar to the raspberry meringue pudding she served instead...with salt on top! The third dish is crêpes suzette, which Mrs. Patmore serves to the dog instead of the uppity new maid. And the sixth dish is kedgeree, served for breakfast in an early episode.

Soup (like the watercress soup below) would appear at the beginning of a meal, and cheese (like that beautiful Wensleydale) was often served with, or as, dessert.

And of course, can we ever get enough tea at Downton Abbey?



Don't forget that Lady Rosamund also loves the lamb from Downton Abbey. A great main dish would be roast lamb with mint sauce (served after the lamb, and always from the left). Or, if you're looking to make a dish eaten around the servants' table, you could make a hearty lamb stew.

I won't pretend these are super healthy recipes, but they are definitely fun, and if you're using the wholesome, unprocessed ingredients of the time, you're doing something right. And of course, we've got to do something to pass the time until episode 3!

10 comments:

  1. i NEED to watch this show! I heard so much about it during the Golden Globes and am obsessed with anything British so I feel it's a necessity that I hope on board! And all of those dishes looks so very deilcious :)

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  2. WE ARE SOUL SISTERS. This I am now 100% sure of.

    Downton Abbey is the tops.

    And so are you.

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  3. I do too!! Why is everyone talking about it?! :)
    I love these yummy recipes - and now I'm hungry.

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  4. Hi Clair! Thank you for your sweet comment :) I need to juggle between my family (most don't speak English) who lives in Brazil and my friends from here :)

    I will look for the episodes of Downtown Abbey, sounds great!

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  5. Love netflix, I have never heard of the show I will have to check it out! Would you be interested in answering some questions for my "dream big" series?!

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  6. Gahhh I LOOOOOVE Downton Abbey! I've only watched 3 episodes, but I'm totally hooked. My mom loves it too!

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  7. Mmm I love cottage pie!

    I once had lunch with the actor who plays Matthew in Downton Abbey. He was just as charming in real life.

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    1. Oh my gosh, I am unbelievably jealous! This sounds so, so amazing.

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  8. if you do not have a Netflix account you'll be delighted to know that you can watch "Downtown Abbey" free on Hulu!
    http://www.hulu.com/downton-abbey

    For more details and episodes you can also check out the PBS website:
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/downtonabbey/

    Ta ta! :)

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Thanks for making me smile. =)