England’s earls and ladies inhabit a world we can only imagine as it is revealed to us on our television screens. But what we can relate to is how important home and tradition are to the inhabitants of Downton Abbey, the captivating PBS series. Perhaps it has inspired us to practice the art of gracious living, to appreciate the legacy of good enduring design and to add a touch of elegance to our own homes. Here are some ways to enjoy grace on a royal scale.
What fun to have a Downton Abbey breakfast with food displayed along the top of an English-style buffet like the Grandover dining room furniture buffet. For extra space, there is a drop-front drawer as well as swing-out drawers and adjustable shelving. The linens of the house will have most appropriate storage behind beautiful burl-fronted doors.
To make a breakfast buffet in Downton Abbey style, visit the recipe file at Essentially England. Their mulled wine recipe is sure to make a snowy afternoon warm and cozy:
The most important thing to remember about mulled wine is that it must not boil! Otherwise you lose all the warming effects of the wine and most of the flavor. The second most important thing is not to use an aluminum pan. Go for stainless steel or something non-stick.
Cut the orange in thick slices and place in the pan.
Add the cinnamon stick, cloves and tea.
Add the water and bring to the boil. You want the spiced tea to be very strong.
When it’s at that stage, turn the heat down and add the wine. Stir and add sugar to taste. Just heat it enough for the sugar to dissolve.
Serve with sliced lemon and mince pies.
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