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Eat, Drink & Be Merry

Eat, Drink & Be Merry explores the world of food and drink from the Downton era. Remember, anyone can be a Downton Cook! This board is curated by Downton Cooks: www.downtonabbeycooks.com

Nothing better than sweet buns and a cup of tea. I inherited my Granny's recipe which makes dozens of light sweet buns. Use this recipe as your base to create currant buns, cinnamon buns, chelsea buns, hot cross buns. Freezes well.

Hot Cross Buns are still a Good Friday tradition. The recipe I inherited from my Granny' makes this and other sweet buns to share with family and friends.

Take a trip to the Continent for Angel Hair Pasta with lobster, a perfect and easy celebratory meal for you and your Lord or Lady.

Crown roast of lamb has always reined as a favorite of the royals and holiday diners. Every so simple to make and perfect for your Downton party or Easter feast.

Classic Swiss Fondue: all this talk of Switzerland in S4 deserves a tribute to fondue. A super easy meal to make to share with fellow Downton Abbey fans.

Eggs en Cocotte: treat your loved ones to a lovely brunch dish named for the container it is baked in. This version, with bacon, is tribute to Lady Mary's late night pig encounter with Charles Blake.

Anchovy Sauce: Daisy prepared anchovy sauce for a fish souffle in S4. A simple daughter sauce of the one of the 5 mother sauces in French cuisine.

Vichyssoise: one of the dishes Alfred was tested on at the Ritz training school in S4 of Downton. Essentially leek & potato soup, chilled with milk added. My recipe.

Easy Asparagus Feuilletés. Ivy gets her big chance to cook dishes on her own in Season 4. Asparagus and puff paste is all you need.

Syllabub: one of the Downton desserts served to house guests in S4E3 is syllabub, a boozy dairy dessert dating back to the 17th & 18th centuries. Try my healthier version. Don't panic, Mrs. Patmore, it is really easy to make.

Tomato and Dill Mousse. In S4E1 we learned that electric mixers make better mousse at Downton. This recipe is fit for royalty, enjoyed by Princess Diana.

Holidays would not be the same without mince pies. Splash some brandy in with the filling for a traditional Hogmanay treat.

Remains of the Day Turkey Soup is a wonderful way to use up your holiday dinner leftovers. This recipe from my ebook Abbey Cooks Entertain ow.ly/gZOgN.

No time for making rolled gingerbread cookies? Make gingernuts,aka ginger snaps the Downton way.

Drop Scones or pocket pancakes? Drop[ scones are easy to make and unlike drop biscuits these are little fluffy pancakes, perfect for tea or pocketing for a snack on the go.

Bonnie Cranachan, a traditional Scottish dessert. keep the whiskey, but make it healthier with greek yoghurt.

British Flapjacks are granola bars, not American pancakes. Start with 3 ingredients and add more to make it your own.

Squash Risotto: If live upstairs at Downton you might not "do" Halloween, but you can still get into the spirit of the day by enjoying this easy to make colorful heart-healthy dish.

Downton Cooking Lesson: Perfecting your Pumpkin Pie. If doesn't have to be full of fat to taste great, and there are a few baking tricks Daisy learned to make it look as good as it tastes.

Fall brings us everything pumpkin, and this lovely low fat pumpkin bread fills your kitchen with wonderful aromas and your tea tray with a moist healthly bite.

Downton Abbey Cooking Lesson: The best and creamiest scrambled eggs are actually the easiest to make. Put your skillet and milk away, all you need is a little butter, eggs and a saucepan.

Comforting carrot ginger soup is simple in ingredients, but sophisticated enough to serve upstairs as we digest Downton's S4 turn of events.

Lemon Tart. When life gives you lemons, make this simple and delicious tea treat as we grieve Matthew's death and watch Season 4 together.

Fall is a time of bounty from our nations' gardens. When tomatoes are in season try this quick and easy tomato tart and learn how to keep it from becoming a soggy mess.

Savour peaches and lavender ice cream, a lovely tribute to Downton Abbey, class, and refined taste.