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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 […]

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 starring Dawn French, Iain Glenn, and Emilia Fox.

I was really excited when I saw the announcement for this program. I mean, the poster says it all, right? Food, drama, passion – count me in!

The opening scene of episode one  is very tempting indeed with a kitchen sequence that makes you momentarily want to become a professional cook. But of course, this is television and not real life where one would have to deal with low pay and long hours hunched over a hot pan and so on. Anyway.

I watched all four episodes in fairly rapid succession. There are a few surprises here and there, I’m glad it’s renewed, and I’ll continue watching. The draw for me is not so much the plot or story though, it’s the setting.

The show revolves around a gorgeous boutique hotel with a noted restaurant set in Cornwall. The main characters all have their quirks and in the first episode something happens that causes secrets to spill – one after the other in a sort of domino effect. Since I don’t want to spoil things, I’ll let you find out what the catalyst was for this chain of events. Suffice to say that it involves a love triangle (doesn’t it always?).

One disappointment about the show is that there isn’t more of what was in the beginning of the first episode – the passion, excitement and rhythm of a five star kitchen. However, as I said, the scenery is gorgeous, the food is colorful, and I happen to be a fan of both Dawn French and Emilia Fox.

You can start a free trial of Acorn and watch Delicious, or you can watch the trailer at the link below – a note about the trailer though, I don’t think it shows the best parts of the show.

Click here to visit: Acorn’s series homepage

 

If you like Delicious, you’ll probably like Whites too – another ‘foodie’ series. – click here to read post.
Whites

Bite of History: Victorian Tennis Cake

Bite of History: Victorian Tennis Cake

Tennis Cake, a Victorian Charmer Victorian Tennis Cake, anyone? I have to admit, I’m a big Great British Baking (or Bake-Off) fan. And I especially like it when they do theme weeks. In the series that’s showing in the U.S. right now, they have a […]

Bite of History: Charlotte Russe

Bite of History: Charlotte Russe

Charlotte Russe, A Very Victorian Dessert Charlotte Russe is an uncooked dessert which features an exterior and bottom of lady fingers (sponge), and an interior filled with a Bavarian Cream or Mousse. Often the latter is flavored with coffee, or fruit (as shown, Strawberry). Because […]

Time Travel Shopping in London

Time Travel Shopping in London

Shopping in 1970s London

Cleaning out some files, my husband found a stash of old receipts from a vacation his parents took to Great Britain in 1978.

I never met my Father-in-Law but these papers left a trail of clues for me to follow…and what a trail! From art galleries, to some of London’s most iconic shops, to lovely hotels…they’re a road map to a fabulous city vacation.

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POSH, European Vintage Shopping in Chicago

POSH, European Vintage Shopping in Chicago

P.O.S.H. Chicago, Vintage shopping in River North Last weekend I visited P.O.S.H., a unique shop in Chicago that I make it to about three or  four times a year. It’s in Chicago’s River North neighborhood and it inhabits one of the many long, narrow retail […]

Afternoon Tea with The Allis

Afternoon Tea with The Allis

Afternoon Tea at The Allis in Chicago You know I love Afternoon Tea…or maybe you don’t. Well, I do, and I am well on my way to sampling all that Chicago has to offer in the way of this pleasing between-meal repast. Let’s see…I’ve enjoyed […]

Outlander Kitchen Cookbook Review

Outlander Kitchen Cookbook Review

Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook

I have to admit, I didn’t have high hopes for Outlander Kitchen.
There’s something about books that are sort of ‘off-shoots’ of bestsellers that often disappoints. This was not one of those.

After watching the Outlander series on tv (I haven’t read any of the books yet – eek -but will!) I was intrigued by the cookbook enough to buy it.

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