By Jessica Fellowes
Its 1924 and there were many alterations on this planet of Downton Abbey because we have been first welcomed by way of the kinfolk and their servants twelve years in the past. A new release of guys has been tragically misplaced on the entrance, there are once more childrens respiring new existence into the nice apartment, a chauffeur now sits on the Grantham dinner desk and hems are up via a number of inches.
Yet regardless of all of this unsettling upheaval, it's a convenience to discover that many stuff at Downton stay mostly unchanged. There are nonetheless events to be thrown, summer time fetes to be prepared, menus to be deliberate and farms to be run. subscribe to us, then, as we discover the seasonal occasions and celebrations of the good estate—Christmas, Easter, the debutante season, the quest and more—and peer with us throughout the prism of the home as we research extra concerning the lives of our favourite characters, the actors who play them, and people who create the realm we like rather a lot.
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Nursery food was just as one might expect – soft, hot and milky. One woman recalled from her childhood ‘a good deal of porridge, bread and butter, hot buttered toast and a great many milk puddings … On better days there was roly-poly (suet) pudding … and spotted dog, a suet-y sausage stuffed with currants. ’ An advertisement for baby milk from 1925. One nanny, when taking the children to stay at their grandparents’ house, instructed the cook that her charges would eat ‘porridge with thick cream … followed by bread which has been well soaked in whipped egg and then fried.
Even hunting was restricted to a smaller group, although, after shooting, it was definitely the most social sport. Years later Evelyn Waugh, who was a keen follower of hounds for many years, admitted that his reasons for supporting the hunt were completely social. Certainly the hunting set in most counties could never have been accused of not smiling on flirtations of all sorts. Cricket had a role in a country-house summer. More than any other sport practised by the occupants of the great houses, it had the potential to draw the different elements of the community into a single challenge, and there were many examples of the House playing the Village, or the Estate Workers playing the House, and so on.
Heat the sunflower oil and half the butter in a large saucepan. Add the onion and cook over a low heat until softened – about 10 minutes. Stir in the curry powder and cook for another couple of minutes. Add the rice to the pan and stir well. When the rice is slightly translucent, pour in 2 ½ cups of the haddock cooking water and bring to a boil. Simmer gently for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Add a little more water if necessary.