I was searching on the Internet for various British classic dishes when I found a reference to the “Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook!”
It includes both “upstairs” and “downstairs” recipes, and they all include various notes and hints about the era and its food. I found a copy of the cookbook locally, and I prepared the entire dinner from recipes in the book.
The entree featured Roasted Rosemary Cornish Hens, and I have not cooked them in years. Cornish hens are actually a young domestic chicken which originated in the county of Cornwall.
While inexpensive, the young birds were considered a delicacy by the aristocrats.
I paired the Cornish hens with British Brussel Sprouts with Pecans and Daisy’s Noisette Potatoes, small potato balls braised in clarified butter. Noisettes actually originated in France, according to the book, but the British aristocracy loved all things French.
For dessert, I baked Mrs. Patmore’s Madeira pound cake. The cake does not actually have Madeira in it, but you can drink the wine with the cake.
I served it with fresh raspberries and Devonshire cream. All in all, it was a great British meal and the perfect cuisine to put us in the mood for the “Downton” premiere.
Last week, I was honored to have my Bill’s Sunday Suppers blog syndicated by the Cherokee Tribune. My friend and Managing Editor, Rebecca Johnston has been trying to talk me into this for a while, so I finally embraced the idea for the new year.
The first article got some great response, and I look forward to more posts.
Until then, I wish you much luck and great food, whether you live the “upstairs” dream or serve honorably “downstairs.”
* Roasted Rosemary Cornish Hens
* British Brussel Sprouts with Pecans
* Daisy’s Noisette Potatoes
* Mrs. Patmore’s Madeira Pound Cake with Raspberries and Devonshire Cream
Easy Devonshire “Clotted” Cream
1 to 3 ounce cream cheese 1 tablespoon sugar pinch of salt 1 cup Heavy Cream Cream the cream cheese, sugar and salt together. Add heavy cream and beat to soft peaks. Refrigerate until ready to use.
For more of Bill Grant’s Sunday Supper blogs go to www.billssundaysuppers.blogspot.com.
Bill Grant is owner of Grant Design Collaborative based in Canton and chairman of the Canton Main Street Board.