Eat Like You Live at Downton Abbey (Butler Not Included)
I am addicted to the show Downton Abbey. I wish they produced more episodes every season so I wouldn’t have to wait so long between seasons! One of the things that has always interested me about the show is how to they eat so incredibly well. The kitchen is constantly atwitter with gossip and cooking. They never stop churning out incredible meals! It is amazing to think that is how much effort used to go into a simple meal like high tea. Here are some of the foods that you would commonly find for a full dinner at a place like Downton Abbey. Formal English meals used to include many, many courses ranging from seafood to game to light desserts. If you are planning your own Downton Abbey dinner party, or just want to eat like you are a Grantham, here you go! (Sorry, Carson isn’t included.)
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A formal meal at Downton Abbey would probably include bread pudding, a traditional English dessert filled with local fruits and brown sugar.
Source: Better Homes and Gardens
For a starter course, oysters were often served on the half shell with a simple mignonette sauce on the side.
Pavlova with Berries
For a lighter dessert you might have eaten meringue. It was usually served with whipped cream and fresh berries.
Rabbit Stew with Apricots
Heavier meats like rabbit were often served as a main course, especially in rich stews during the colder months.
Your vegetable course would be simply steamed or roasted, and asparagus was particularly popular because it grows well in the English climate.
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