art, history, film, books for the culinary enthusiast

Month: August 2017

Father Brown Mystery series and Mrs. McCarthy’s Strawberry Scones

Father Brown Mystery series and Mrs. McCarthy’s Strawberry Scones

Father Brown is a BBC television mystery series based on books by GK Chesterton, starring Mark Williams. It’s the 1950s, it’s in the English countryside, and it’s all about a progressive, mystery-solving Cathlic priest named Father Brown and his circle of parishioners, staff, and friends. […]

Scottish Highland Vacation, Travel Walks

Scottish Highland Vacation, Travel Walks

Magical Scotland Walking through an enchanted Scottish wood, such as this one in the Highlands, there are stories to be imagined. Medieval and magical themes come easily to mind, and the feeling of ‘other worldliness’ pervades. I took this photo on my trip through Great […]

A James Bond Breakfast & Vesper Cocktail

A James Bond Breakfast & Vesper Cocktail

James Bond Breakfast according to Ian Fleming… “Then there were two thick slices of wholewheat toast, a large pat of deep yellow Jersey butter and three squat glass jars containing Tiptree ‘Little Scarlet’ strawberry jam…” – Ian Fleming on James Bond Breakfast Tiptree ‘Little Scarlet’ […]

Julia Child’s French Omelette Recipe and The French Chef Series

Julia Child’s French Omelette Recipe and The French Chef Series

The Perfect French Omelette according to Julia To go straight to Julia Child’s French Omelette recipe, proceed to end of post. If you’re of a certain age you may have watched Julia Child’s first television show, The French Chef when it originally aired back on […]

The National Trust Farmhouse Cookbook, a Review

The National Trust Farmhouse Cookbook, a Review

National Trust Farmhouse Cookbook Review, along with a recipe for Devon Scones

From historic houses to castles, forests, mills, pubs, parks and ancient monuments, the National Trust works to preserves Great Britain’s heritage. As it happens they also put out cookbooks, quite a few of them judging from the list I found on Amazon. However, I was doing a search for English country cooking, and I came across their book entitled, The National Trust Farmhouse Cookbook.

The National Trust's Victorian historical house, Knightshayes, in Devon
The National Trust’s Knightshayes, Devon. ©National Trust Images/William Shaw

It’s not a recent publication, but it is still available, and I would encourage you to seek it out. Especially those interested in both British dishes and the history behind them.

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Vintage Cocktails, Inspiration from Evil Under the Sun

Vintage Cocktails, Inspiration from Evil Under the Sun

White Lady, Side Car, Main Brace, or Between the Sheets? NOTE: to go straight to the Vintage Cocktails and recipes, proceed to bottom of post. If someone asks you what your favorite movies are, often times the list will change over the years. But for […]

Food Lover’s Movie: Toast…and Pain de Mie recipe

Food Lover’s Movie: Toast…and Pain de Mie recipe

An indie movie that leaves a lovely taste…and a Pain de Mie recipe to accompany it Toast is the memoir film about famous food writer and chef Nigel Slater’s beginnings in a household that was anything but gourmet. It stars Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie […]

Chocolat…Vianne’s Spicy Hot Chocolate Recipe

Chocolat…Vianne’s Spicy Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hot Chocolat and a Movie…

Joanne Harris has written several books, but probably her most famous is Chocolat, the one that was made into a movie. It happens to be one of my favorite films because it mixes three things that I love – food (the chocolate), France, and a time period outside of the present – it’s set in the late 1950s.

It also has a bit of mysticism and mystery about it in the way the main character (Vianne) and her daughter are drawn by the North wind, destined to  spend their lives traveling, never settling in one place for long.

After watching Chocolat several times over the years, I was intrigued when I saw that the author had written a cookbook – with of course, a chocolate section.

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Delicious, a British television series for Foodies

Delicious, a British television series for Foodies

Delicious, a show for food lovers (sort of)… If you’re a British television lover as I am, you may also be a subscriber to Acorn TV. If you’re not and you’ve never heard of Acorn, then most likely you’ve missed Delicious, a British television series […]