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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Cookbook Wednesday | Edwardian Sagas and Recipes

If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, chances are you’ve happened across the Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook.

If you haven’t, you have now! I don’t happen to be a fan of Downton Abbey but that’s not because Edwardian sagas don’t appeal to me, it’s simply because I’m not a huge TV buff in general. I am, however, a fan of cookbooks, which is the reason why I added The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook to my collection a few years ago. (that link is a British review of the book) It seemed the right thing to do considering I also have an abbreviated version of Mrs. Bridges’ Upstairs Downstairs Cookery Book officially titled Twelve Treasured Recipes from Mrs. Bridges’ Upstairs Downstairs Cookery Book published by Simon and Schuster in the Spring of 1975 and distributed by Mobile [Exxon].

Upstairs Downstairs Cookbook

You might not be as familiar with “Upstairs Downstairs”

When Downton Abbey first appeared on British television screens on 26 September 2010 and American TV screens on 9 January 2011 many critics immediately compared it to that popular upstairs downstairs drama that preceded it, Upstairs Downstairs. Mark Lawson writing in the Guardian noted that Downton looked to him like a contemporary descendent of Upstairs Downstairs. David Breaker writing in the Spectator argued that Downton Abbey "stole" not only from Upstairs Downstairs but also from Mrs. Miniver… Mary McNamara writing in the Los Angeles Times described Downton Abbey as "this generations Upstairs Downstairs in both theme and stature”. Rob Owen writing in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote that Downton recalls Upstairs Downstairs… ('Downton Abbey' Vs. 'Upstairs Downstairs’)

Since this is Cookbook Wednesday after all, I think I’ll get straight to the recipes. First up, January is National Soup Month so, let’s explore the curious tale of Brown Windsor Soup first with a recipe from the Downton Abbey book for Regal Brown Windsor Soup. You can find another recipe for Brown Windsor Soup here also.

Regal Brown Windsor Soup

Next up we have Crêpes Française also from the Downton Abbey cookbook. You’ll notice in the Times Gone by section that Candlemas, February 2nd, is celebrated with crêpes; Crêpe Day actually. (yes, there will be a reminder on next month’s calendar:)

Crepes Francaise

I’ve also chosen two recipes from the Upstairs Downstairs recipe booklet; Baked Stuffed Pike and Lamb Cutlets King Charles.

Baked Stuffed PikeLamb Cutlets King Charles

Things have been a bit crazy around here since New Year’s Eve. Marion has been in the hospital since we started the new year and I’ve been trying to get up to see her as often as I can. Actually, she was able to come home during the day on Saturday I believe. (the days have become pretty much a blur) but had to be rushed back after only a few hours of being home. Her grandson and his family came up on New Year’s Day and left on Sunday. I just came back from the hospital a couple of hours ago and they told me she may be able to come home on Thursday. (fingers crossed, I’m writing this on Tuesday evening) I’ll be going back up to the hospital tomorrow (Wednesday) and will know more by then. In the mean time, fingers crossed:)

I’ll be trying to visit your delicious blogs as time allows. A post for Sunday, January 11th, is on the agenda but we’ll have to see how things go. And yes, there will be another Cookbook Wednesday next week and the rest of the month of January. I do hope you will find the time to join us.

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Thank you all again for your concern and prayers. Marion is one feisty lady. I’m sure she’ll be back to her ol’ self soon:) Louise

Whoops, I almost forgot! For the time being, I have created a separate page for the January clickable calendar I shared with you the other day. I'm not sure I'm going to keep it there. I may just add it on the bottom of this page. But, as I said, for now, it's on its own page and you can reach it by clicking on the left side where it says Food Celebrations Calendar right under my link to Pinterest.

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Dottie said...

Dearest Louise,
First, I must wish Marion a speedy recovery, tell her that my prayers are with her. Oh, Louise you must be beside yourself with getting back and forth to the hospital and all the other things you need to do. Please rest when you can, your health is important. Please keep us all informed as to Marion's progress.
Second, I love British movies and TV shows, I am addicted to them. I am a huge fan of "Downton Abbey" and I also a fan of "Upstairs, Downstairs" I have watched this show also on PBS. I do not have Downton Abbey's cookbook, but I know the characters on the front cover. What a wonderful find. Such an interesting cookbook. All of these recipes are so different than what we prepare. But I am sure they are delicious. The recipe for Crepes looks lovely, nice and light. Thank you for sharing this one with us, a perfect time to post this as Downton Abbey just started it's 5th-season. Please try to have a blessed week and praying for Marion and you too!
Hugs, Dottie <3

Alida said...

Oh my.. I didn't know there was a D.A cookbook!
Of course here in the UK we all love this program. On Christmas day there was a special episode we all watched, I actually was looking forward to it. I know it is popular in America too.
Thank you for posting about the cookbook.. the crepes look particularly interesting !

Gloria Baker said...

Louise Im sorry Marion is at the hospital!
Hope she feel better soon!
I love Dowton abbey and always think this book will be amazing.
Lovely post dear.
Hugs!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Sorry to hear about Marion! I hope she's well soon -- give her my best. I'll be thinking of both of you. I'm not a huge TV buff either, but I do like Downton Abbey -- one of the few things I watch on TV. I've heard of this book, but haven't seen it. Fun stuff! Thanks.

Katerina said...

I am a big fan of Downton Abbey and I so much enjoyed reading these recipes! Have a beautiful and healthy New Year my dear Louise with lots of beautiful, informative posts!

The Squishy Monster said...

Totally LOLed at the etiquette part where the husband and wife must be separated. Thanks for sharing, Louise! I do hope Marion gets well soon. We are all thinking of her.

Marjie said...

Thanks for linking me to Cookbook Wednesday!

I almost bought that Downton cookbook for my daughter in law, but instead chose something else. I might have to rectify that ;-) I do love Downton Abbey; it's one of the few things I do watch on TV. We watched the new Upstairs Downstairs and enjoyed it, but tried streaming the 1970s version and hubster hated that the first 2 seasons were black and white. Silly man.

Love to you and Marion (and Noah, too).

Luv Sweet and Savory said...

Hi Louise,
Thanks for sharing the recipe Crêpes Française from the Downton Abbey cookbook. Wish Marion a speedy recovery and you take care of yourself too.

~ Nee ~ said...

Hi Louise , I do so hope Marion is feeling better and will be home to stay soon ... the weather people say the weather is going to get rough , so take care , stay safe and warm . Hope Marion will be home soon .
The recipes looks interesting , I have watched Downton Abby a couple of times .
I think the Souffle de Jambon is worth a try ... I know I will make the Regal brown Windsor soup . Oh la la what delightful ingredients .
I put Marion on our prayer list and you too my friend . Thanks so much for sharing (((HUGS)) to you and Marion . Nee :)

Mae Travels said...

I had read about Brown Windsor Soup in a bio of Elizabeth David. English boarding-school fare: "a meal began with a nondescript bowl of Brown Windsor soup, went on to boiled beef and carrots and ended with chocolate shape." (Writing at the Kitchen Table: The Authorized Biography of Elizabeth David by Artemis Cooper p. 120). So I think the story of that soup might be longer than one thinks. In any case, I love this post as I was a fan of Upstairs/Downstairs and I can't stay away from Downton Abbey. So thanks for those posts!

Nellie said...

Thank you for sharing this, Louise. I watched Downton Abbey for the first time this past Sunday night. I remember the Upstairs/Downstairs days, but don't remember watching. Sending healthy vibes for Marion!

Catherine said...

Dear Louise,
I am keeping Marion in my prayers and you. Please take care of yourself too. It is easy to become so busy that and a bit stressful that we forget to take care of ourselves; especially with this cold weather.
As for the cookbooks, I love cookbooks too; though I do not watch the Downtown Abbey show either. I do hear a lot about it though.
Keep warm and well. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you Dottie. Marion came home today and although she is a bit weak, she is on the mend. She thanks everyone for all their prayers and hugs:)

I had heard aout the new season starting so I though it was just the right time to share. I'm so glad you enjoyed it and the crepe recipe. Thank you so much for visiting, Dottie. Those crepes would be perfect for Candlemas don't you think?

Renée @ The Good Hearted Woman said...

Cookbook Wednesday – what a wonderful series! Thank you again for stopping by my blog today, and for your generous invitation to share my review for The Portlandia Cookbook (http://thegoodheartedwoman.com/the-portlandia-cookbook-review/) with your readers. Portlandia is about as far from Downton Abbey as one can get; nevertheless, each as quirky as the other in their own special way, and these cookbooks are such a practical and fun way to enjoy them!

lisa is cooking said...

I'm a fan of Downton and love the kitchen scenes! I hope Marion is back home and feeling better. Happy New Year!

~~louise~~ said...

I had a feeling you watched Downton Abbey, Alida. Please let us know if you try the crepes:)

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Gloria:)
I brought Marion home from the hospital yesterday and although she is feeling a bit weak, she is happy to be home. I'll be feeding her lots of healthy meals so she can get back to her crocheting, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks John. I picked her up from the hospital and she is on the mend. Many of my friends tell me I would like Downton Abey. I suppose one of these days I should at least give it a go, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Katerina:)
I'm glad you enjoyed the recipes. It wasn't easy to pick just two, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

Those were the days Angela, not necessarily all good, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

You are more than welcome, Marjie. Thank YOU for joining. You might want to reasearch the book before paying full price for it. (which I know you probably won't lol:) I think it could have been presented with more accuracy and a few color pictures would have been nice. I noticed a few errors in the Time Gone By sections.

Marion is home and recovering and Noah is doing fine too. They have made a diagnosis and my daughter has her work cut out for her:) Thank you for thinking of him...

Cakelaw said...

I hope Marion recovers soon. I am a Downton Abbey fan but don't possess the cookbook - thanks for sharing.

Anne Regalado said...

Louise , I hope Marion is feeling better , feed her more food :D Not fond of this historical saga but I find the cookbook much more interesting .

~~louise~~ said...

You are so welcome Karen. I'm delighted you enjoyed this week's Cookbook Wednesday! Marion is home and recuperating quite nicely. Thank you:)

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

I ADORE this period, it is more romantic with such a range of simplistic pleasures! Dreams of visiting one day, even if only in my dreams :D
Beautiful cookbook!
I hope Marion is feeling better also my friend! x

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Poppy Crocker said...

I hope everything is getting better in your household-- Wishing Marion the best!

~~louise~~ said...

Not to worry, Nee, Marion is home safe and sound and we have the heat cranking!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Thank YOU Mae for that information. Don't you love when a dish really does have a history, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Nellie, Marion is home and doing well. I had heard about the new season starting for Downton Abbey so I figured it was the perfect time to share the book:)

~~louise~~ said...

We are keeping warm Catherine. I hear it's pretty darn cold down there too. Marion is home and we appreciate all the prayers:) I'm filling her up with healthy food although, not necessarily ummy, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

Welcome Renée!
That's the great thing about Cookbook Wednesday, Renée. It's a Smörgåsbord of cookbooks!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Lisa. She is home and doing well:)

~~louise~~ said...

You are more than welcome, Gaye.

Jeannie Tay said...

Hi Louise, I hope Marion is back home resting with you now, may the new year brings much good tidings to you and your family:)

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you Anne. She is feeling better each day. I'm feeding her healthy food but, I must say, she really is craving those sweets, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

It was a romantic time, Uru. Keep dreaming:)

~~louise~~ said...

It is Poppy, thank you:)

Johanna GGG said...

I am a fan of downton abbey but got lost after the 3rd episode as I really dislike commercial tv It is so beautiful to watch. Sorry to hear Marion has been unwell - you must have missed her as well as worrying for her.

Debra Eliotseats said...

I'm so behind in reading, Louise. Hope Marion is home by now and well on her way to recovery!!!!

I Wilkerson said...

I guess the silver lining of getting behind in your blog reading is that someone may be on the mend before you find our they were sick. Glad to hear Marion is doing better. I am a big Downton Abbey fan, though last year the Olympics got in the way at the end of the season and I missed a lot. Happy for the new season with fewer interruptions this year! Thanks for sharing Louise and give Marion my best.

~~louise~~ said...

she's doing GREAT, Jeannie. Thank YOU!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Marion is home and doing fine, Johanna. She sure was missed!!!

~~louise~~ said...

She sure is Debra!!!

~~louise~~ said...

I hear the new season is a huge hit, Inger. Well, at least there won't be as many interuptions this season!

Lynn said...

You have the most interesting cookbooks, Louise! I am not spending much time blogging these days, but whenever I think about the blog world, I think, I wonder what Louise is up to these days? So glad I came by and took a peek. And I am sorry to hear that Marion has been ill. May her recovery be swift and her appetite return soon and her spirits lift. Love your new calendar, too, by the way. You have the best website EVER!!

~~louise~~ said...

What a wonderful surprise, Lynn!!! The blogging world is as crazy as ever around here. But, we like it that way, lol...Marion is doing much better and the doctor says in no time at all she'll be back to her ol' self.

Thank you so much for dropping by Lynn. It's always so nice to "see" you. Perhaps you will be doing a post soon OR perhaps another book:)