As Americans try desperately to avoid online spoilers ahead of the Downton Abbey season three premiere on Sunday, the web is abuzz with Crawley mania. Fans of the addictive series are on pins and crumpets about the fates of Lady Mary, Matthew, Anna, Bates, and all the other characters in the dining rooms, kitchens, and stables of everyone's favorite (fictional) British mansion.
And if there's one thing they did a lot of in Edwardian times, it's eat. The upper crust often sat down to five meals a day (generally undergoing wardrobe changes for several). How did they survive without stretch pants?
So for those who want to celebrate the show's premiere with some period eats, we spoke to Pamela Foster, founder of DowntonAbbeyCooks.com and the newly released cookbook Abbey Cooks Entertain, about season three dirt, treacle tarts, and creating an Abbey-style masterpiece at home.