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While the cold weather is not helping to boost our collective spirits after the end of Downton’s Season 4, at least I have my birthday month celebrations to look forward to. My birthday was yesterday but it has become a tradition for me to reach out to friends and colleagues I haven’t socialized with for some time to gather to collectively grumble about how long winter has lasted. This year we really mean it.
In Season 3 The Dowager famously scolded Martha about the need to “understand the importance of tradition”. Birthdays are a great time to enjoy traditions, like our favorite foods. Sadly, we never learned this season Robert’s favorite food which was served birthday, but mine is fish and seafood. We have made a number of fish dishes here (many from fish I caught myself), but this week we travel to the Continent for Italian. This week’s dish is Angel Hair Pasta with Lobster, a dish Lord D introduced to me. The Granthams might have travelled to Italy for such birthday delights, but we can quickly and easily make this own dish in our kitchens for special occasions.