So what I really wanted to make was a pigeon pie. It's mentioned several times in the book, along with lots of possets and syllabubs. King-Hall frequently tells her readers what's eaten in a particular scene. As you might guess, I like that about her. It kept me busy making notes the entire time I was reading. Unfortunately, there were no pigeons to be found save for those in my yard and it's illegal to shoot them, although I guess I could have wrung their necks but I'm not quite ready for that. So, I moved on to Plan B--something with rosemary, which is a recurring theme in the novel.
"...rosemary for the bride, rosemary for the corpse, symbol of the unity underlying all life and death" (269).
Brussels Sprouts with Rosemary Cream
1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and outer leaves removed (large sprouts halved)
1 cup sour cream, at room temperature
1 sprig rosemary
juice from 1 lemon
Boil the sprouts in salted water for ten minutes. Drain.
Meanwhile, heat the sour cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Mince the leaves from the rosemary and add them to the sour cream along with the lemon juice. Stir and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve over the sprouts.
Inspired by "Sprout Tops with Cream, Lemon and Rosemary" in Rose Prince, The New English Kitchen (London: Fourth Estate, 2005), 341.
Clockwise from top left: Margaret Lockwood publicity photo, Margaret Lockwood on horseback, Margaret Lockwood and James Mason, Margaret Lockwood and Patricia Roc
The film version, The Wicked Lady (1945), is quite a bit different from the book, but the changes actually do work pretty well. To my knowledge there's never been a U.S. video release of the movie (on VHS or DVD), but I didn't have too much trouble finding it on--ahem--YouTube. If you're lucky enough to have a region-free DVD player, there are three region 2 releases (one is part of the Margaret Lockwood collection and another is part of a Rank 70th Anniversary collection). I keep telling Paul I need a region-free DVD player. How else am I supposed to get to see The Man in Grey? Doesn't it look ridiculous yet awesome?
Go check out this 1980 interview with Margaret Lockwood--she's a hoot. There's quite a bit about The Wicked Lady.