'Downton' ended and I was very terribly sad. Let's work through our grief together, ok?
(mild 'Downton' season 3 finale spoilers ahead)
Daisy! Oh Daisy, could I love you anymore than I already did?? "I'm never excited." SO
BRILLIANT! I want to hug her and her pouty little face. And Carson and Mrs. Hughes! Oh my, that last shot of them
hand in hand at the seashore.....I want that as a poster in my kitchen, I really and truly do.
Do any of you care AT
ALL about Mary and her 2 boyfriends? I don't. Actually, that Tony
Gillingham guy is nice, too nice for Mary. So I guess I vote for the
other guy by default; they can be The Snarky Couple. I thought Mary's
problem was Matthew. After this season, I realized, the problem is also
Mary. I think it's tricky to have an unlikeable protagonist like that and
also make them a main romantic character. I just don't care. The only time I
really cared about an unlikeable Brit period drama character was Damian Lewis
in 'The Forsyte Saga'.
Jenny's recap, someone theorized that maybe Rosamund is really
Edith's mama????????? I love that idea! Would explain why Edith looks
nothing like Mary/Sybil......
everything on that show is (Really Mr. Bates? You just forgot about your
train ticket in your coat for 8 MONTHS???), I love love love it. I love
the characters (except Mary). I love the food on their table. (the
staff had an awesome cake in one scene!) Watching the show makes me feel
deeply at peace.
If you are having a hard time following my pictures, I will help you along:
bought blackcurrant jam, which is rich and has depth and is not
cloyingly sweet. It is even better than plum jam. IT IS MY FAVORITE JAM,
so I need to be shouty about it. I also bought awesome Irish tea, which
the lady at the store said is the best tea ever. It is indeed very good tea and you
would like it.
Also got this Tikka Masala sauce. It has nice, non-chemically
ingredients like coconut milk, cream and tomatoes. I am going to simmer
chicken in it and put it over rice. VERY EXCITED about this, because it
looks like a 15 minute dinner to put together.
Cadbury fruit and nut chocolate? Don't tell me that sounds gross, because you would be wrong. It's the best candy ever! Cadbury chocolate is really really creamy, did you know? Have you tried?? Reeeeeaaaaallly creamy and milky. I know dark chocolate is all good for you and whatnot, but my heart will always belong to milk chocolate.
AND not pictured: a few mincemeat tarts, (not as good as the 'Downton Abbey' ones, so says my daughter who loves mincemeat), a Bakewell tart, and a couple slices of ginger shortbread. (Andrew was aghast that I didn't get regular shortbread. He does not share my ginger obsession.)
OMG totally almost forgot I got these little sandwich cookies that have a vanilla custard filling in them. Like fancy Brit vanilla Oreos! I will not open these until the tarts are all gone, which will be in one day.
Did you like 'Downton' this season? I did. Thought it was better than last season. Last season with Sybil....just couldn't handle that very well. I need something to watch while I wait until next year...I'm thinking the original 'Upstairs, Downstairs' show.
(this post contains lots of affiliate links, in case you don't have an awesome Brit tea shop/bakery/grocery store in your area like I do. Amazon is the great equalizer!)