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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 […]

Still Life Food Paintings and Food Photography Today – Fruit

Still Life Food Paintings and Food Photography Today – Fruit

Do still life food paintings from the past inspire the food photography of today? There’s been a trend for the last few years in food photography, and it’s all about the dark background. I’m a lifelong art museum visitor, and so when the dark background […]

Vintage Cocktails and Recipes, Inspiration from Evil Under the Sun

Vintage Cocktails and Recipes, 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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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 Delicious series

 

 

 

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, starting my serialized story on a Victorian remodel…all things Victorian inspired. Something else I’ve been working on, are print designs for my shop AdeliaPress.com. When I was doing this […]

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 […]

Looking for the Charming Elizabeth shop?

Looking for the Charming Elizabeth shop?

My Charming Elizabeth shop is  moving to AdeliaPress.com as I change CE to my blog. Not all of the items that were previously available at the CE shop will be available at AdeliaPress (which has many new items) but they are still available at the Nancy Nikko etsy shop – feel free to visit either at the links below:
www.AdeliaPress

www.NancyNikko.com (etsy)

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 […]


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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 […]