About Me

I am a self proclaimed foodie with a particular talent for working with chocolate so have lots of girl friends!  With an undergraduate degree major in history, it is not a surprise that I fell in love not only with Downton Abbey, but the food of this very period in history

My husband, Lord D, and I are blessed to be able to spend a lot of time together and share the love for Downton.  With his own blue blood lineage, he loves the  look back in time, thinking of his ancestors, and yearning for the days of decorum.

I learned to cook from my maternal grandmother who was not unlike Mrs. Patmore in stature, education and wit.  Strict, demanding, but with a heart of gold.  Both had to make do with available foodstuffs out in the country, but were able to pull off some amazing meals.

If you are looking to this blog for inspiration for your next Downton viewing gathering, and don’t find just the right item,  think ‘What would Mrs. Patmore serve?”.   A simple woman, but with access to local produce and livestock raised on their own estate.

10 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. So delighted to have found you! I am planning a Downton Abbey dinner party in April. I have retained a wonderful chef (friend!) and we have been researching the menu. The local and San Francisco antique shops know of the party as I have been scouring their shelves for all things Edwardian! The table is looking beautiful. My wonderful guests, upon hearing of my plans are looking for period dress; I’m so touched.

    Question: With the fish course they served “hock”. What is this? And what is it’s modern equivalent?
    I gather, so far, that Queen Victorian visited Germany and returned with bottle of this wine.

    • Glad you found me. If your party is in April, might I suggest a Titanic party since the 100th Anniversary of the event is April 14th. I have the menus posted on my blog. First Class had 11 courses! My goal is to cook through all courses and provide recipes by April! The tie in with Downton Abbey is that the Crawley’s heir went down with the ship.

      In either respect, to make your event authentic the time period you should focusing on for food fashion, decor and styles, is what historians have labelled as World War 1 (1914-1918). The Edwardian era actually ended in 1910, and since there were a rapid succession of rulers historians couldn’t put a better name on the following the Edwardian era.

      As to “hock”, my understanding is that term is English for German wine and yes it is came into use after Queen Victoria visited Hochheim in 1850. Apparently it currently is used in the UK for cheaper German wine sold there.

      Good luck with your party. I would love to hear how it goes and if you need any help planning. There are excellent “pinners” on Pinterest who could help give you inspiration.

  2. Thank you so much for the information on Hock.
    We found the “Last Dinner on the Titanic” book and are using some recipes. There were a few other website which reference some menus.
    I will keep you posted and learn about “Pinterest”

    • Great find. Written by fellow Canadian and will make your planning easier since you will know have a play book. As I mentioned I am also going to post some recipes of my own. Do check out Pinterest.com and search for Downton Abbey or Titanic fashions for hint as to what to wear. Have fun!

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