January 9, 2013

The Downton Abbey Cookbook

P1030939HEY HOBBLEDY HOYS! (by the by, did you hear that being tossed off by Carson in the first episode of the new season? I just looked it up. It means this.)

Here I is, ready to talk ‘Downton’ biz! I have so much Downton Abbey to discuss with you all . If you want to remain ignorant of all things Downton, well step away I guess. But that would be sad because I’m not going to venture into anything too spoilery.

And now, ignore that first picture. Pretend you don’t see it. UNSEE IT. Let’s start by saying that the start of Season 3 WAS AWESOME. Because of Shirley MacL. Shirley Shirley Shirley.

Downton1She needs to stay. Also loving the O'Brien and Thomas hate war now, THAT was fab. Love Sybil's crazy Irishman. Love all the house hoopla, I want to see them in a smaller house. LOVE Carson. He and Mary should have had some crazy affair. Which leads me to my next topic. Carson (the head butler, or whatever he is) and Mary have more chemistry than Mary and her wet noodle of a fiance.

OH MY HEAVENLY STARS. Mary + Matthew. I have said this MANY MANY TIMES, YES? The show hinges on these two? Really? THE LEADS OF THE SHOW ARE SO LAME. Thank the universe there are so many other characters. Andrew and I were laughing hysterically when Matthew was trying to make kissy talk with Mary. NO NO NO. And did you see their KISS? It was like watching two geese gingerly trying to place their beaks on each other. WHY ARE THEY SO AWFUL???? It’s mostly him, I’ve decided. He’s the problem. Sorry dude.

Awful. And as boring as the prison scenes were, I felt like Bates was about to leap over that table and pull Anna down onto the floor just by using the charismatic force emanating forth from his sweaty hair. I LOVE BATES & ANNA. There be some CHEMISTRY there.

_DSC0036Moving onto Other Important Things. SO GUESS WHAT A FRIEND GAVE ME FOR CHRISTMAS???? (hint. You are now looking at it. Again. You can now see what you just un-saw.)

It’s ‘The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook’.

I shrieked. I squealed. I hugged it to my chest like I would never let it go! I WILL NEVER LET IT GO.

_DSC0041Want to see inside? Yes you do, you REALLY do.

P1030909I don’t know about y'all, but I TOTALLY want to try ‘Nothing Makes You Hungrier than Grief’ Apple Tart.

P1030911P1030915There’s highbrow food! There’s lowbrow food! There’s food to make for seven courses, if you were into that sort of thing. I’M INTO THAT SORT OF THING.

There’s hearty breakfasts! There’s fancy lunches! There’s tea dainties! There’s meat pies! Shepherd pies! Cheese pies!

There’s soup! Lots and lots of soup! I’m going to make a Cream of Barley soup that looks amazing.

IT’S THE COOLEST COOKBOOK EVER, and NO I AM NOT BIASED IN ANY WAY just because I’m an Anglophile who loves tea and British period dramas. AND NO I CANNOT STOP SHOUTING.

Do come back tomorrow. Black tie, white tie, it makes no nevermind to me.  Shirley and the Dowager Countess might judge you, but I shan't. Rephrase. They DEFINITELY WOULD judge you. You will not want to miss the delightful TREACLE TART recipe from the cookbook. Carson loves Treacle Tart and so I went and made one. I'm obsessed with Carson, if you couldn't tell. That’s it up above in the topmost photo.

I can’t decide if Shirley MacL or the Dowager Countess won the fierce-off in episode 1. I think it was Shirley. She certainly won the hair adornment competition.

(UPDATE: I was asked if the cookbook was user-friendly. Yes, very! Clear, easy to follow recipes. Not terribly hard cooking level, although beginning cooks might not appreciate it as much. The measurements are written in American units of measurement, as opposed to grams and ounces. But what is really useful is that at the end of the book, there is an English-to-American measurement conversion chart that is FABULOUS! I am constantly looking at British recipes online that are written in grams and ounces and it's always a bother to try and figure it out....this will be a really handy tool!)

19 comments:

  1. Awesome sauce! I love your enthusiasm, especially first thing in the morning as I'm sipping (gulping) my coffee and yawning. I love Carson, and Anna and Bates, too. And now I want an egg salad sandwich.

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    1. I'm so happy to have revved up your morning! I used up all my enthusiasm in the writing of this post and now I am tired tired today :)

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  2. Ha Ha! I love that you found the definition for Hobbledy Hoys cause the instant Trapper heard that word he was just sure they made it up for the show... can I say watching Downton with my husband is one part annoying (cause he's all rolling his eyes and not at all appreciative) but it's also hilarious because he makes me laugh with his commentary. So, I keep watching with him (even if he doesn't like it).

    AND that kiss was the worst.

    I'm beyond impressed with your tart. I'm afraid a book like that would be out of place in my hands. I'm not a fancy cook... I'm sure I wouldn't know where to begin! SO, bravo to you!

    Oh and what about the chemistry between lady Edith and Sir Anthony? Oh man, those two are like awkward bookends... meant to be together. The way they smile and flirt... oh my.

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    1. HOBBLEDY HOYS! I will have to use this term forever, I think. The tart was REALLY good! Andrew even liked it and he usually doesn't like anything that does not come in cooky form :)

      I really like Edith. She's so weird! I think she and her dude are super cute.

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    2. and by weird, I mean, like, pleasingly awkward and passive aggressively nasty. I think they need to ramp up her character more!

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    3. I agree with your definition of Edith- she's a very entertaining character. I found it quite hilarious that they tried to shoo away her love interest... what do they want? Her to be alone and bitter FOREVER???

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    4. Yeah I seriously did not understand that at all, that was silly.

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  3. LOL @ Mary with Carson!! The thing that drives me crazy about Mary and Matthew is whenever she's with him she puts on this face - I don't know how to describe it - it's like a "I'm tolerantly fond of you" kind of face, like a patronizing kind of face or something. Or a 'good manners' type of face. Definitely not a passionately-in-love face. Once she didn't have to pine for him any more, all that lovely romantic tension was gone.

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    1. ha ha, that would have raised some eyebrows, no? You are SPOT ON about Mary's tolerating-Matthew face.

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    1. INDEED!!!! Cheerio!! Have a lovely, lovely day and come back for some treacle tart tomorrow :)

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  5. Yeah, I was a bit weirded out by the Matthew/Mary relationship this episode. There was something really unsexy about it. I think Leanne might have the reason pinned down. Paul and I yelled at Mary throughout the episode. And Matthew should just use his inheritance to save Downton. I wouldn't want to be a homeless future earl. Just sayin'.

    I saw a whole shelf of Downton Abbey cookbooks, books about Consuelo Vanderbilt, books about Highclere, etc at the book store, but I didn't pick up any of the cookbooks because I already have Mrs Beeton and Mrs Acton and all that. The recipes do sound yummy, though. I need to go back to England and buy some more cookbooks...

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    1. Buying cookbooks in England?? I would want to go on that trip!!

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  6. You are so right, Matthew is a SAP. Did you think Thomas was Irish? He is'nt, Tom Branson and Mr Bates are the only Irish actors as far as I know. And Bates dead wife (who lives opposite my sons pre school! I used to see her when I dropped him off! She is really beautiful and an amazing singer.) I'm looking forward to seeing what recipes you make!

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    1. oh yes, Branson is who I was meaning ;) the former wife of Mr Bates, she was something wasn't she? That's so fun that you saw her!!!

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  7. I must have that cookbook! I am so relieved to know that I'm not the only one who thinks Matthew and Mary are incredibly dull- it's Bates and Anna who have the REAL chemistry!

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  8. I feel like we're both shouting and jumping up and down together squeeling ;) lol! This is so fun! You have to make something and tell us how it is. Is it a user-friendly cook book? And is it done in UK or US measurements?

    Haha, ohhhh Mary and Matthew. Well, who knows you might get your wish ;) This first season was perfection aside from Sybil's hair. What the heck happened at the Dublin Barber? I'm sure its a wig but "golly! What a frightful sight!"

    I love mary. she is my favorite. I like Matthew because, well, since I saw The Princess Bride when i was a kid I've had a total thing for blue eyed blond boys ;) But its going to be hard going to keep their romance fresh and interesting once they're all married and lounging about the salon drinking tea.

    My hope is that Edith will get to enjoy the wild fruits of the 20s and go crazy learning the Charleston and behaving inappropriately in night clubs, lol. All the Crawley girls cant be married before the 20s get really going!

    Now, what's for dinner?

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    1. such a good question -- i updated the post because others might want to know as well -- yes! very user friendly! American measurements but with a wonderful UK to US conversion chart, which I really needed for other Brit recipes that I find online....;)

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