We had quite the afternoon here at the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia headquarters in Chelsea. British actress Lesley Nicol -- best known on this side of the pond as Mrs. Patmore from “Downton Abbey” -- paid us a visit to check on a very noble project we’re working on: Gingerbread Abbey, a festive version of the series' beloved castle.
Martha graciously gave Lesley a tour of our kitchens (talk about a power pair!), where all of the amazing recipes we publish are born. We were lucky to have some one-on-one time with “Downton Abbey”’s most famous cook.
When asked how our own kitchens compare with those on the set of her beloved PBS show, Lesley replied, “[They're] very different; very impressive and professional here. Not like our kitchen at Downton; we have a lot of pans and jelly molds there.”
As for Martha, she adores watching “Downton Abbey.” “It’s a perspective on a place and a time that for me is like a fairy tale,” Martha said. “It’s such a refreshing program to watch on television: the drama, the good acting, the fabulous sets.”
Season five of “Downton Abbey” starts on PBS Masterpiece Sunday, January 4. Martha will be watching; will you?