Alas another season of Downton Abbey has come to an end. The timing of the finale was the perfect ending of a great weekend for Canadians who beamed with national pride as we beat the Swedes for Gold in men’s hockey. Like the Dowager we took some pleasure poking fun at the Americans. Luckily, there always seems to be a Martha Levinson around to defend the American honor.
I don’t particularly mind that the season is over, because now I am free to go back prepare other dishes from Season 4 and explore other culinary delights that Downton inspires. Let Downton Downtime begin!
In celebration of the finale, I chose Crown Roast of Lamb as this week’s dish. We see Mrs. Patmore preparing this simple, but elegant dish. It is fitting since the Crawley family finds themselves at Buckingham Palace. It is simple and elegant, the perfect dish to have in your repertoire to serve on special occasions.
- Welcome to another season of Downton downtime. With filming about to commence for Season 5, we can count on some clever journalists to help us a sense of what to expect next year.
- New York Times interviews Julian Fellowes: He addresses criticism and the future of Downton
- If you can’t have Downton you can still see your favorite actors this year on the big screen:
- Hugh Bonneville in The Monuments Men
- Michelle Dockery in Non-Stop
- Jessica Findlay Brown in Winter’s Tale
- Dan Stevens in The Guest
Abbey Cooks Entertain
Just because S4 is over, that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to share the love of this period of history in food with family and friends. With 220 traditional Downton era recipes with a modern twist, this is a great book to create some simple or complex dishes for your Mary or Anna. Book sales for this 400 page tome help offset my costs in food, equipment and time to keep bringing you new dishes each week. While the book is available on Amazon, you can only get a signed on my site.
Crown Rack of Lamb
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