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
Quick and Elegant Berry Phyllo Tarts
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
Have a Cup of Tea and Eat it Too
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
Valentine’s Day, Gone but Hopefully not Forgotten. Et tu Soufflé?
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?
Lady Sybil & Branson: Love Like a Brownie
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