Welcome Downton Abbey fans. Christmas is only thirteen sleeps away, that time of year when we frantically try to cram as much merriment as we can into a few weeks. Why not start a new tradition and invite your friends for a relaxing afternoon tea to help calm the … [Read more...] about Enjoy Simple Mincemeat Cake for the Holidays
The British may have failed miserably in other culinary areas, but they excel in the tea ritual and I love sharing recipes of bite-sized dishes to serve at tea or special occasions. As Henry James once said: “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated … [Read more...] about Quick and Elegant Berry Phyllo Tarts
If you have been following along on Twitter (@downtoncooks), Facebook or here at downtonabbeycooks.com,, you know by now that I celebrated my 50th birthday on Sunday. If you know me really well, you will understand that I stretch my birthdays into a month long excuse to … [Read more...] about Have a Cup of Tea and Eat it Too
I awoke this morning to the sweet words of my husband, "Happy Valentine's Day, my love". No, he was not a day late: in our home, we celebrate love every day. I freely admit that he is definitely more romantic than I. He introduced me to Downton Abbey, and sometimes gets … [Read more...] about Valentine’s Day, Gone but Hopefully not Forgotten. Et tu Soufflé?
Valentine's Day. In keeping with the spirit, Masterpiece Classics served up a double helping of Downton Abbey romance last night. A great pre-Valentine's Day date night in our home which we enjoyed, even though we had seen these episodes before. Love gained, love lost, wedding … [Read more...] about Lady Sybil & Branson: Love Like a Brownie