fantasy friday: kedgeree from downton abbey

Breakfast at Downton

It had to be Downton, didn't it?

The very first Fantasy Friday begins with the very first dish we saw served up at Downton Abbey, kedgeree.

Within the first few minutes, we see William pressing the newspaper to dry the ink. In the kitchen, Mrs. Patmore sprinkles the last of the hard-boiled egg into the silver tureen full of kedgeree. The servents are abuzz with news of the sunk Titanic.

"William, will you stop talking and take this kedgeree up? And mind the burners are still lit."

William carries it up, and we see Robert Crawley and the girls serve themselves as they discover the death of Downton's heir.

A traditional British breakfast dish, kedgeree has Indian roots, and usually includes rice, smoked fish, hard-boiled eggs, curry, parsley, and sometimes raisins or grapes. There are about a gazillion variations of this recipe floating around.

Traditional versions of kedgeree are actually pretty healthy, and a good way to start your morning. But as I know I have at least a few vegan readers and didn't come across any vegan versions, I created my own. Using brown rice also makes this full of whole grains.

The result is a subtle, but powerful dish. There is a delicate smokiness, a delicate spiciness, and a delicate sweetness. Put them together, and you get a complex flavor combination. It's really the only way to start your day when you're facing a full schedule of socializing, reading, scheming, and lounging.

Best served at an ornate table, whilst opening correspondence.

Vegan Kedgeree

1 package of extra firm tofu
1 tsp liquid smoke
1/4 tsp salt
1 extra large vegetable bouillon cube
2 cups brown rice, uncooked
1/2 cup raisins
2 tbsp oil
1 small onion
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp parsley

1. Press tofu to remove moisture. (I use a tofu press for a few hours.) When done, dice the tofu, and sprinkle the liquid smoke and salt over it. Stir it up, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
2. The next day, add the bouillon to 4 1/2 cups of water, and heat until boiling. Stir in the rice, cover, and turn down the heat to maintain a simmer. Allow the rice to cook until the water has been absorbed, about 40 minutes. Add the raisins about 10 minutes before the rice is done, so they have some time to plump up.
3. In the meantime, chop up the onion. Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat. Sauté the tofu until it begins to brown. If it sticks to the pan, you can add more oil or turn down the heat. Once tofu has begun to brown, add the onion pieces and continue cooking until they are soft and transluscent.
4. Add the tofu, onions, and spices to the rice and raisins. Serve hot or cold, garnished with fresh or dried parsley. (I enjoyed it hot when fresh, but ate the leftovers cold to prevent the rice from drying out...good both ways!)


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  1. I love kedgeree! It reminds me of my mum. I like to add peas and sprinkle a bit of smoked paprika on at the end.

    1. Great suggestions! I think that would taste delicious. And I trust your authority. ;-)

  2. Oh my, is it like biryani? That's so awesome. I'd eat that for breakfast. I need to start watching this show!

    1. Hmm...I don't really know enough about biryani to know how different they are...I'm guessing this is a little less saucy?

      And yes...catch up! It is SO good.

  3. Amazing!!

    And your photos are excellent!

    AND, I love that shot of Lady Mary. She's so beautiful!

  4. Oh so lovely to meet you in this blogosphere! Your comment on my blog about my Germany torn-love, thank you so much. Your pearls of wisdom are treasured.

    Big thanks!

    PS I neeeed to get my hands on these dowton abby episodes! They sound amazing!

  5. I love this recipe and your site. I've tagged you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Cheers. Trish


  6. Yay! So glad you decided to do a Downton recipe first!

  7. Wow! So fun to discover what's in a few of those dishes Mrs. Patmore makes. I think I may even try this recipe you've shared. Have you watched the Victorian Kitchen? (It streams for free on YouTube). You may like it too.

    1. Ah! No...but one look at the still on youtube, and I can tell it's for me. ;-)

    2. I've only seen the first three episodes but they were capitivating - especially if you've already fallen in love with the worlds of Downtown and Gosford Park.

  8. I've never seen it! What a clever idea this Fantasy Friday is. And this dish looks awesome Clair. I'm definitely bookmarking this. I can never get enough rice dishes and with tofu added in, it makes a complete meal!

  9. Wow. I am SO intrigued by this recipe. I adore that show! And I love trying new-to-me/unique flavors which this surely sounds like! This one is getting bookmarked!


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