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Welcome Downton Abbey fans. It’s a spooky Tea Tuesday, Halloween is a day away, and the East coast of US and Canada coping with the effects from Hurricane Sandy. We have had high gusting winds and pouring rain in our area, but fortunately no damage. I pray you are taking necessary precautions to keep you, your family and your community safe. If you are out of harms way, but have no power, you should be fine with a well stocked pantry. Just try to imagine you are living in the Edwardian era when there was no electricity.
UK fans will be viewing the Season 3 finale next Sunday, while Americans are looking forward to the Jan. 6 PBS launch. There really is something special about watching Downton on PBS Masterpiece.
Join me each Tuesday as I dish on Downton Abbey, the Royal Family, UK tourism and other topical tea issues one might discuss at tea, served up with a tea treat recipe with history. You may find my Online Guide to Afternoon Tea helpful in understanding traditions and recipes to serve at your own tea party. In honor of the holiday, today’s treat is Irish Barnbrack, traditionally served at Halloween.