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It has been an interesting few days in the online world of Downton Abbey. There is another plot twist afoot in Season 4, so if you don’t want to know anything about Season 4 before January’s launch, I would strongly advise you stay away from social media for the next three months.
For all fans of Downton I thought you might enjoy travel back to episodes we have all seen and take a cooking lesson in memory of dear Lady Sybil. Today we learn how to make creamy scambled eggs, fit for the Downton upstairs breakfast room, but easily made in your own Abbey. Save your milk. Properly made scrambled eggs are a simple mixture of eggs with a little butter, prepared in a saucepan, not a skillet.
UK fans are now almost half way through Season 4, sharing both laughter and grief with our favorite characters. In the US and Canada, we are now 89 days until PBS launches in January (see the countdown clock above). Each week I share Downton news, but if you haven’t seen all seasons (1-4) beware of spoilers below.
- If you thought you were getting on in years: Lady Mary would be 122 today.
- Downton Degree? College Courses are now available
- My virtual pal, the lovely and talented Jessica Fellowes: her two books dive deep into Downton era social history.
- Downton Theme has Lyrics? John Lunn is not happy that it has not been promoted.
- Lord in Training: Tom Cullen takes lessons
What I will Say about Season 4
Since Downton fans span the globe I am watching along with the UK fans, but promise not to divulge major spoilers before January. I did keep quiet last year (although it was really hard) so I think I can be trusted, mostly.
There are a few things I will say about Season 4E3:
- Downton holds a grand house party and Alfred is provided with an opportunity to lend a hand in the kitchen.
- Great Quotes:
- “If I were to search for logic, I should not look for it among the English upper class.”
- “Not everyone can be Oscar Wilde.” “That’s a relief.”
- This episode ended on a dark note, revealing a darker side of life in service, causing quite the stir amongst UK media as I warned above.
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While the book is available on Amazon, you can only get a signed copy here on my site. If you don’t have an eReader I would suggest the PDF version which allows you to print recipes as you go, if you wish.
Abbey Scrambled Eggs
from Abbey Cooks Entertain
I have fond memories of Season 2 when dear Lady Sybil asked Mrs. Patmore for cooking lessons. While this is a little more advanced than making a pot of tea or boiling an egg, there are some dishes that everyone should learn now to make properly. Scrambled eggs is one of them.
Making scrambled eggs seems simple enough, but once you learn to make them like a professional chef, you will truly impress everyone with your cooking talents. Prepared properly they are made in a saucepan, not your skillet, and are stirred, not whisked. The whole process should only take you about seven minutes, but remember to keep mixing.
Serves 2 to 3
- 6 eggs
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed
- 1 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed (optional)
- 3 tbsp. cream or healthier non fat Strained Yoghurt (optional)
- Salt and pepper
- Add butter to a thick bottomed saucepan and heat on low to soften.
- Take the pan off the stove and turn the heat up to medium. Add the eggs, beating with a wooden spoon and put on the heat, stirring constantly to ensure the eggs don’t cook too quickly and become lumpy.
- When the mixture has thickened and is still smooth and creamy, take off the burner and finish with the remaining butter and cream. For a lighter version I omit the additional butter, simply adding non fat Strained Yoghurt, or adding nothing at all.
- Season with a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper, and serve immediately. For a casual presentation serve on thickly sliced toast.
Variations: use your imagination and whatever your ingredients you have on hand
to create your own masterpiece:
Fresh Herbs: add 1 tbsp. each of herbs such as parsley, chives, chervil, tarragon.
Cheese: add 2 tbsp. each of grated gruyère and parmesan cheese to the eggs just after you first add the eggs to the saucepan and they have been beaten slightly.
Mushrooms: add 3 tbsp. cooked mushrooms at the end of the cooking.
For special guests place the finished eggs in individual dariole moulds (small metal cups) layering with other ingredients, such as cooked chopped mushrooms, shrimps, asparagus tips.