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Green Goddess Dressing, back from the 70s

Green Goddess Dressing, back from the 70s

The Original Green Goddess Salad Recipe In 1923 William Archer’s play The Green Goddess was touring the States and England. When it landed in San Francisco, the chef of the Palace hotel, Philip Roemer created something special in honor of the star, George Arliss. He was staying at […]

Lemon Rosemary Shrub Recipe

Lemon Rosemary Shrub Recipe

Lemon Rosemary Shrub An herbalicious summer drink with or without alcohol…making this Lemon Rosemary shrub is simple and will last you year round. This is a refreshing and versatile sipping vinegar and just the thing to make your mocktail sing or tart up a glass […]

Whites, a tasty series now on Acorn TV

Whites, a tasty series now on Acorn TV

A busy kitchen, a country hotel…Whites

Whites centers around the bustling kitchen of a grand country estate turned boutique hotel in the English countryside.

The hotel’s star chef, Roland White, a once driven and brilliant man about kitchen, now spends most of his time dreaming up ideas to promote his image rather than cooking (though flashes of his culinary mastery appear now and then).

The everyday workload he leaves to his sous chef, Bib, a very tall man with a responsible demeanor who is constantly being un-rewarded for his actions.

Not only is Bib underappreciated by Roland, but from the first episode we are introduced to a new hire, Skoose, who five minutes in makes it known h’s after Bib’s job.
Skoose does everything to undermine him, despite the fact that Bib is his immediate supervisor, and he has a lack of experience.

Like many a British comedy, there is an amusing cast of misfits. The tone and the interactions of the characters remind me a little of the original (British) The Office series. But of course, Whites is set in a kitchen, with good food, and in a lovely mansion rather than a non-descript office building with reams of paper.

Whites is a dramedy, tilting more towards comedy, and I enjoyed every episode of season 1. However, this being an original BBC production that came out in 2010 (and was just made available in the US via Acorn) I am sad to say that it was not renewed, and so one season is all we get.

Whites is available to view on Acorn TV. You must be a subscriber to the channel, however you can check it out with a free trail at the link below:

Acorn TV series

If you like this series, you’ll probably like another ‘foodie’ series, also set in a beautiful, boutique hotel, also on Acorn (I love this channel btw):
Delicious

 

Revisiting the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC

Revisiting the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC

Biltmore House The largest privately owned home in the United States is the Biltmore. Originally built in 1889, the ‘house’ is a fabulous mansion in the French Renaissance Chateau style with much gothic detailing…spires, gargoyles, steep pitched roofs, and gardens that go on and on. […]

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 […]

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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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’ […]

Evil Under the Sun

Evil Under the Sun

Evil Under the Sun, starring Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, Roddy McDowall, James Mason, Sylvia Miles, Denis Quilley and Jane Birkin is the 1982 big-screen film version of Agatha Christie’s mystery novel. Mystery, Romantic Intrigue, Murder…Evil Under the Sun A missing jewel, an island […]

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 me, there are a few that have always been, and always will remain on my top ten. A Room with a View, Rebecca, To Catch a Thief to name three. Another would be Evil Under the Sun – the big screen version starring Peter Ustinov as the Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot (vs. the television version with David Suchet, who I love as well).

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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 […]

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 […]

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.

Father Brown…Murder, Mystery, and Strawberry Scones in the Cotswalds

Father Brown is set in the fictional Cotswolds village of Kembleford where, like most BBC cozy mysteries (Poirot, Marple, etc) there’s always a handful of colorful characters and a church at the heart of the community.

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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 […]

Victorian inspired Prints of the Natural World

Victorian inspired Prints of the Natural World

Victorian Print Inspiration This week has been my Victorian Week – making Tennis Cake, Charlotte Russe, writing about a Victorian remodel… Something else I’ve been working on, are print designs for my shop. When I was doing this I ended up with a group of […]

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 there is gelatin used in the Bavarian Cream, once it’s chilled, the dessert is able to stand, and cuts like a cake.

According to Larousse Gastronomique, Charlotte Russe  was created by French pastry chef Marie-Antoine Carême (1784–1833). Originally it was called Charlotte à la Parisienne but apparently during the Second Empire, Russian dishes were all the rage and so the name was changed to Charlotte Russe.

The original Charlotte dessert came about in the latter part of 18th century England and was most likely named after Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.

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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 […]