I have been waiting for summer to arrive since last fall, and finally it is here. This week I will be leaving for our annual family fishing trip to the West Coast which I have written about more than once. I will be offline for a week or two. Sadly our travel plans through the Rockies might be changed with the flood damage to the Calgary area. Equally disappointing will be a smaller version of the world famous Calgary Stampede as flood waters have completed covered the grounds. My mom thoroughly enjoys putting her horse on display in the horse barns every year. Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose homes have been ravaged by nature.
As you may know, Tea Tuesday is a weekly tradition I started, dishing about Downton Abbey, featuring a new “Downton” era recipe. Refer to my Online Guide to Afternoon Tea, helpful in understanding traditions and recipes to help you host your own tea party with family and friends.
This week’s treat, Courting Cake, is inspired by our son Master Stephen and his girlfriend Lady Emma, who stopped by this weekend on their way to spend a year in Australia together.
Now that summer has arrived there is much to do to keep you distracted to keep your Downton cravings at bay. While it was a slow week, a juicy tidbit about casting of Cora’s brother emerged.
- We finally meet Cora’s brother in S4: Paul Giamatti joins Downton Cast
- Summer reading ideas: Downton inspired books
- Thomas, a cross dresser? Why Rob James-Collier wears a wig for Season 4
- Its Tough Being a Rich Girl: The unfair practice of inheritance
- Highclere backdrop for Glee Star: Chris Colfer visits our favorite country home.
Abbey Cooks Entertain: Garden Party Season is Upon Us
With 220 Downton era recipes, you will want to get this book for recipes for the famous Downton dishes from Season 1-3. I also presented a whole chapter on Garden Parties. Experimenting with ices (ice creams and frozen yoghurts) was my favorite part. TO ORDER CLICK ON THE IMAGE ON THE RIGHT.
Book sales help offset my costs in food, equipment and time to keep bringing you new dishes each week. 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.
Mini Break to Prince Edward County
This past week Lord D and I enjoyed a pleasurable mini break to Prince Edward County, a thriving tourist area of food and wine. This area is historic home to Lord D’s relatives, a collective group known as Empire Loyalists. United Empire Loyalists were those settled in the thirteen colonies at the outbreak of the American Revolution, who remained loyal to the British Crown and took up the Royal Standard, and who settled in what is now Canada at the end of the war.
We stayed at the historic Claramount Inn and Spa in Picton and took advantage of both. We would love help host a Downton event there in the future and planted a few seeds with the event team in that regard.
While steeped in British roots, it is an area with many wineries and few tea shops, but we did find the quaint Marshmallow Room in Bloomfield where you could get a great cuppa, raisin scone and other tea treats, and devonshire cream. Yes, they even had home made marshmallows.
Lancashire Courting Cake
A test of their baking skill, young lasses of Lancashire baked this cake for their betrothed as a gesture of love, care and friendship, as part of courtship, I suppose to “seal the deal”. A courting cake was presented to William and Kate before their nuptials.