I’m looking forward to the upcoming premiere of Series 4 of my favourite show, Downton Abbey.
Last week my friend Andrea gave me The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook for my birthday and I am SO excited about it. Maybe even more for this than for the show.
The book is broken down into an ‘Upstairs’ section– dining with the Crawleys, with recipes for a full 7 course service– and ‘Downstairs’ section– dining with the service staff, with hearty no-frills recipes. I love how each recipe ties into the characters of the show and how tidbits of historical information and turn of the century etiquette are peppered throughout the book. I’m both a history nerd and a cooking enthusiast, so I find it all fascinating.
AND I’m very seriously considering hosting a Downton Abbey themed dinner party or, if that’s too ambitious, at the very least an afternoon tea.
In other British TV news, I started watching Broadchurch.
It’s a mystery about a the murder of a boy in a small coastal town and how various townspeople are related to the events of the death. It’s quite captivating so far and I’m only 3 episodes in.
I recommend it.
And following what seems to be a British theme in this blog post, I just finished reading Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simpson.
It’s a book about a dignified, retired army Major living in the English countryside, his relationship with a woman of Pakistani descent, and their interactions with their families and neighbours. The characters are really charming, particularly Major Pettigrew, who it written with such an extreme sense of duty and manners that it is almost comical.
Overall I really enjoyed the story, finding it elegantly humourous and really well written.
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