What the Lords and Ladies of Downton Abbey Are Eating
January 4, 2013
Decadent Chocolate Almond Cake with Sour Cream Icing
The rich dark chocolate and creamy, one-of-a-kind icing in this recipe are worthy of the lords and ladies of Downton Abbey. While later made famous by chef Julia Child, this cake was enjoyed in Europe — and made by chefs like Mrs. Patmore — for years before Julia Child came around.
Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
Even Downton Abbey has its cold, damp evenings, and with such a large house one is sure to catch the shivers now and then. Fortunately, this thick and creamy soup is sure to warm up the most frigid of guests! Perhaps Daisy, after witnessing the dead body of Pamuk, would see if there were any leftovers of this soup available to warm her chilled spirits.
Crawley Family Chicken Breasts with Caper Cream Sauce
This dish combines the Edwardian love for capers/salty appetizers in a fancy entrée. As this is a relatively inexpensive yet still elegant dish to offer, this would be a staple for Downton Abbey dinners when no guests are present.
Crunchy Fig and Bleu Cheese Tarts
As any experienced chef would know, blue cheese brings out the sweet taste of figs like no other ingredient. Thus, Mrs. Patmore would bake these delicious hors d’oeuvres that are simultaneously sweet and tart. Eaters beware, however: Nothing is as tart as the Crawley sense of humor!
Mixed Berry Scones
This dish would be a favorite of Countess Cora’s to offer to her younger guests with their tea. While visitors such as the Dowager Countess might prefer less flavorful options, these scones would give a needed variety — not to mention flavor — to a meal that most of Cora’s guests would have experienced on a daily basis.
Spinach and Feta Salad with Fresh Beetroot
The unique addition of fresh beets — known as beetroot in London — mixed with these ingredients makes for a surprising, but delicious salad that everyone at Downton Abbey would enjoy. The festive mix of sweet flavors (such as maple syrup and orange juice) would provide guests at any garden party or luncheon with an extra excuse to smile.
Yorkshire pudding was an excellent and affordable way to fill up on a meager budget. Often, Yorkshire pudding was served before a less-than-filling meal as a way to stave off hunger. While not enjoyed by the upper crust, Yorkshire pudding — along with a side of jam or cream — is the kind of snack Mr. Mason would serve to Daisy during her after-Christmas visit.