Who doesn't love Mr. Bates? I mean, besides Thomas and O'Brien. So--if you haven't already, you should check out North and South. It's even available on Netflix streaming. Brendan Coyle (Mr. Bates) plays Nicholas Higgins, an industrial worker whose family is befriended by Margaret Hale (Daniela Denby-Ashe), an idealistic young woman who has recently moved to the northern mill town of Milton from the bucolic south of England. Margaret's concern for Milton's workers brings her into direct conflict with the handsome yet dour mill owner, John Thornton (Richard Armitage).
I made a "North and South" Oven Supper to go along with my (now third) viewing of North and South. I even got Paul to watch it with me this time. Sure, everything's beige and green, but it was tasty!
Back: Nutty Baked Cabbage, Front: Season Pudding
Season Pudding (an "Old Yorkshire" recipe)
2 slices stale white bread (about 3 to 4 ounces total)
2 tablespoons steel-cut oatmeal
1/4 onion, chopped
1/4 cup herbs*, minced
a bit of milk
Break the bread into chunks and place in a large bowl with the oatmeal. Cover with boiling water (just enough to moisten) and leave, covered, while you preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 1-quart casserole.
Mash up the soaked bread with a fork and stir in the rest of the ingredients. You'll need just enough milk to get the batter to just firmer than dropping consistency. Spread into the greased casserole and bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until interior is set and top is crunchy.
Adapted from "Season Pudding" in Florence White, ed., Good Things in England (London: Persephone Books, 1999), 194.
*1 sprig thyme, a few sage leaves, a bit of rosemary and enough parsley to get to 1/4 cup
Nutty Baked Cabbage (from Dorset)