Food and a Feature: Shortbread and ‘Downton Abbey’

What goes better with a rainy, cold day than back-to-back episodes of “Downton Abbey,” shortbread cookies and tea? That’s how I spent my Saturday and it was awesome.

The shortbread recipe I got from “Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar,” which, sadly, isn’t posted on the site. I’ve found sites that have the recipe posted on them, but I encourage you to buy the book if you haven’t already; you won’t regret it.

The recipe was super easy to follow and came together very quickly. The wedges of shortbread were buttery and dense without being too rich or too sweet. Next time I make it, per the book’s suggestion, I’d like to add rose water or lavender to the recipe. A cup of warm black tea with a touch of almond milk was the perfect finishing touch.

As far as the feature, I had heard wonderful things about the Masterpiece Classic series “Downton Abbey,” but never got around to watching it — that is, until yesterday. Netflix has the first season on Watch Instantly. I’ve gotten through the first three episodes and I’m hooked.

The series is set in the early part of the 20th century, right before World War I. It tells the story of the Crawley family and their servants, who all live the Edwardian country house of Downton Abbey. It’s primarily a drama, but there’s humor and suspense woven in with the characters and storyline. I can’t recommend it enough.

8 thoughts on “Food and a Feature: Shortbread and ‘Downton Abbey’

  1. Adding some lavendar is such a great idea – inspired! I’m definitely trying that out next time I’m in a biscuit-y mood… How about with a hint of lemon too? Ooh, I’m definitely a coffee gal, but a slice of lemon added to a nice cup of tea sounds perfect. I’ll have to dig out the Downtown box set and give it a go! Thanks for the idea, and it was a lovely post 🙂

    • A hint of lemon with the shortbread sounds wonderful! I’ll have to give that a try next time I make them. Thanks for the wonderful comment and I appreciate you stopping by:)

  2. I just recently watched the first season of Downton Abbey on Netflix too… and I love it! I love how you kept on the theme and made shortbread and tea, it looks delicious!

    • Thanks! It was a lot of fun. I still have a few more episodes to go with the first season, but I can’t wait to see how the season ends. So good!

  3. I’m just about done with the first season and will catch up with season 2 my PBS app. Vegan shortbread sounds like the perfect thing to eat while watching it! Now I want that book.

    • You won’t regret the purchase, I promise. There are so many great cookie recipes. And there’s a PBS app? I had no idea! That’s good to know:)

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