The heat outside, combined with Olympic coverage this week, is motivating many of us to lighter meals. We are even less motivated to cook at all, so I thought this might be a great time to channel not only your inner artist, but Edwardian cook. If you can boil water you should have no problem with this dessert. It is a hand held treat which kids love, and who doesn’t love Jell-o! A little more about jelly later and the recipe for Artisan Low Fat Sea Glass Jello.
Summer is all about reruns so I have mixed in some old news in with the new since the Olympics seem to have dominated the world’s attention this week and Downton news is quite light. While we are on the subject of London and the Olympics, you might find this account from Diary of a Vintage Girl about the 1908 London Olympics to be great fun. No mention of Lord Grantham, though.
- Downton at the Olympics: Downton Abbey cast members were part of the A list crowd at the opening ceremonies Friday night. Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham) and Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore) tweeted these pictures of the gang from just outside the Olympic stadium, with Hugh’s tweet proclaiming “Team Downton Abbey invade the Olympic Park.” I am not sure how many events Hugh will be attending, but his tweety play by play commentary (@hughbon) at the gymnastics on Monday was very entertaining.
- Jim Carter (Charlie Carson) teaches circus tricks to the crew on set: A multi-talented performer, Jim Carter has been teaching circus tricks on set.
- Downton producers fear the lure of Hollywood: the bright lights of Hollywood are calling out to talented cast members. Will we be seeing any of them slap on the sun screen and move to L.A.?
- PBS Count Down to Season 3 on January 6th: As described on PBS: “The war is over, but intrigue, crisis, romance, and change still grip the beloved estate in the thrilling new season of Downton Abbey. Written and created by Julian Fellowes, with its all-star returning cast and Oscar-winning guest star Shirley MacLaine, Downton Abbey, Season 3 premieres January 6, 2013 on Masterpiece classic!” Want to keep track of the time? Link here to the countdown clock and other things Downton.
- My Downton Dilemma: while the US has to wait until January, ITV in the UK will begin broadcasting Season 3 next month. Since the majority of you are from the US, and I will continue to cover food from the show, but will be very light on spoilers.
All About Gelatine
Edwardians were bonkers for jiggly gelatin creations, and as you recall from S1 of Downton Abbey, Daisy and Mrs. Patmore prepared a few creations for the memorial service after the sinking of Titanic. Remember the aspic creations your grandmother used to serve? Julia Child even dedicated a whole chapter to gelatin creations.
Times and tastes have changed, but we can still delight in the look and cooling taste of jello.
Artisan Low Fat Sea Glass Jello