Only one more day before we can officially say goodbye to Winter and hello to Spring. Unfortunately the seasons take their sweet time in making the shift change, but it won’t be long until we can put our winter boots and sweaters away. It does help when Easter is on the horizon.
I like to host virtual tea parties dishing about Downton Abbey, featuring a new “Downton” era recipe. There is much confusion between the terms “Afternoon Tea” and “High Tea.” High Tea is not a ladies meal of scones and tea; rather it is what workers would eat as an early supper at the end of their day.
Today’s dish is Hearty Irish Ham and Potato Soup, a great way to use the left over ham bone from your upcoming Easter Dinner.
There is still some news to share during Downton Downtime. They are filming S4 after all.
- 24 million fans can’t be wrong Downton Abbey Becomes Highest Rated PBS Drama of All Time
- Dan Steven’s MakeOver (spoiler alert): recent pictures
- The Music: the inspiration behind the music: a chat with John Lunn
- Downton Rewind: My Weekly Column for Vision TV: this week, S2E5 Downton Distressed
- Christmas Special Critics: Field and Stream gives thumbs down
- Video Clip: new Downton Dollhouse Season 3, Episode 5 and Episode 6.
Chatting with Cooking’s Most Famous Bow Tie
I am always amazed the power of the internet and the far reaching love of Downton food. I recently interviewed with a magazine in Norway and today I chat with Christopher Kimball of America’s Test Kitchen for an upcoming radio broadcast. I will link to the broadcast once it is up and live.
I have always admired the dedication of the America’s Test Kitchen team who tirelessly test and retest recipes to take away the trial and error for beginners. The science behind food preparation also fascinates me. Many experienced cooks often “discover” the science of food through trial and error, but knowing the scientific principle is a great short cut for those just learning to cook. I was most pleased that their basic approach to making scones is the same as mine, using grated frozen butter and folding.
Abbey Cooks Entertain: Downton Downtime Dining
Some Downton fans do needle point, others cook in the off season. 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’ have an eReader I would suggest the PDF version which can be printed, if you like.