Welcome to my virtual tea party, my tribute to the art of having tea. As Henry James once said: “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
The British may have failed miserably in other culinary areas, but they excel in the tea ritual. I regularly dish on Downton Abbey, the Royal Family, UK tourism and other topical tea issues one might discuss at tea, served up with a tea treat recipe with a history.
The tea treat to share are Stilton and Fig Tarts, a recipe from Fortnum & Mason’s Tea Book.
After weeks of no news gossip front, some great news this week:
- PBS confirmed that Season 3 starts January 6th.
- Emmy nominations were announced last Tuesday, and Downton Abbey received 16 nominations including best drama, as well as nods for Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham) and Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) in the lead actor and actress categories, and supporting nominations for Joanne Froggatt (Anna), Maggie Smith (Dowager Countess), Jim Carter (Mr. Carson) and Brendan Coyle (John Bates). As the Daily Beast’s critic Jace Lacob observed on Twitter: “It seems as though the entire casts of Downton Abbey… have been nominated.”
- Check out my Online Guide for ideas on what to serve when hosting fellow fans to a Downton themed bash to watch the Emmys on Sept. 23.
- Cast members appeared for a Downton Abbey event hosted by the Television Critics Association Event on Saturday. There was a question and answer section, and a trailer shown, which hopefully will be made available to the public, soon! Nine More spoilers were revealed which alluded to the type of season we can expect. Hugh Bonneville stole the show with a show of support for John Bates.