I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth.-Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Mona's Musings

May 18th, 2011

Feasting: A Great Old English Tradition

“To the tables everyone and stuff yourselves!”
(The Adventures of Robin Hood, 1938)


Dale and I love the kitchen. It’s one of our favorite places to meet (and eat). For over three decades, we’ve been feeding people: Chef and Sous Chef (we flip-flop), bumping elbows and aproned hips as we chop, slice, whip and whisk. I’m the baker, he’s the cook, and we usually manage to turn out pretty yummy stuff combining forces. Although England’s been a challenge – a whole new cuisine (do they call it that here?), a completely different shopping scheme, and tiny appliances that cannot hold much beyond tomorrow’s dinner – we have still churned out a feast for our friends virtually every Sunday – much like back home. It provides recreational companionship for the two us, which we enjoy even more than our perfect cheesecake and dinner rolls…

The Kitchen

The Cookery

The Hob (Stove)

The Oven

The Bread

The Main Course

The Drink

Ready to Plate

The Service Stairs

The Dining Room

The Sunday Table

The Head of the Table


Photos by Mona from our recent visit to Hampton Court Palace

Hint of Romance

“No one can do everything he or she would like in life. There’s just not enough time. Every person’s recreational time amounts to making choices that will leave out other opportunities. Why not select those activities you can share?” Willard F. Harley Jr., His Needs, Her Needs

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  1. Sara Lyn says:

    I thought I recognized that place!!! :) Yesterday was the sixth anniversary of the first time Morgan and I cooked together. Good day!

  2. Fun post! I really enjoyed reading this one a lot!

  3. Derrith Scarbrough says:

    Hi Mona: I finally had some time to catch up on your posts. The pictures are stunning and i find myself writing down several of your quotes. I thought the Royal Wedding talk was quite inspirational and beautiful. I adored your pics of “color coded Paris” and especially of the English countryside and Bath (my favorite stop during my London trip). Speaking of my London trip, I was with my sister and we were there so she could visit with her Husband who was on the Sea Trek! We boarded the ship in Portsmouth (after a fun train ride from London) and got to see the ship. He was on the Christian Raadich. He had each of his kids accompany him on one leg on the journey. My sister was with him from Hamberg to Northern England (can’t think of the town right now) and his brother was with him on the trip home. I always thought is would be a singular experience to be American and not have actually been here for all the new coverage when 9/11 happened. His name was Dean May. I know it was an experience of a lifetime for him. It was the year he was president of the Mormon History Assn. Unfortunately, he died suddenly of a heart attack about 8 years ago. Anyway, maybe I already told you all this. My memory is slipping lately. Well, I look forward to your posts and pictures! -Derrith

  4. Grant Z says:

    I love it! That was such a clever post. :)

  5. Laura says:

    Nice kitchen!

    Great reminder to prioritize your limited time and find common interests. Too many people are forgetting that today. I’m trying not to be depressed about others failing marriages. Keep the posts coming, mona!

  6. maritza ardila- perez says:

    Every photographed in this posted are brilliant!

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