“Oh, Jennifer . . . just what I’ve always wanted . . .” – Christmas

TITLE: Christmas

NUMBER: Series 2, Special

ORIGINAL AIRDATE: December 24, 1997

SETTINGS: The ladies cook a Christmas dinner for the choir of the Pilgrim’s School, a boarding school providing boy singers for the Winchester Cathedral in Hampshire.

Winchester Cathedral.

Winchester Cathedral.

They are greeted by “Dr. Rees,” an educator who has a North American accent. Continue reading

“I don’t have an ID, I’m just me!” – Dinner

TITLE: Dinner

NUMBER: Series 2, Episode 6

ORIGINAL AIRDATE: November 3, 1997

SETTINGS: The Aldershot Garrison, a British Army base in Hampshire, where they cook for the officers of the First Battalion of the Royal Gurkha Rifles.

AldershotA sign identifies their location on the base as “Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Church Crookham.” [Now defunct, apparently.] Continue reading

“Mejican eggs for brekky?” – Breakfast

TITLE: Breakfast

NUMBER: Series 2, Episode 5

ORIGINAL AIRDATE: October 27, 1997

SETTINGS: The Black Sheep Brewery in Masham, North Yorkshire, where a pleasant man [Paul Theakston, who still heads the brewery today] gives them a tour and shows them some of the equipment.

Black Sheep 3

Paul Theakston.

Paul Theakston.

(There is some steam, and Jennifer describes the place as “a beer Turkish bath.”) Continue reading

“Fancy is as fancy does” – Afternoon Tea

TITLE: Afternoon Tea

NUMBER: Series 2, Episode 4

ORIGINAL AIRDATE: October 20, 1997

SETTINGS: The village of Warborough in Oxfordshire.


The ladies cook a post-match tea for the local cricketing club. [UPDATE: Reader Adrian notes, quite correctly, that this NOT a post-match tea but a MID-MATCH one, a break or “interval” traditionally being allowed for both tea and lunch. As an American, cricket naturally seems to me to have a fantastical quality to it. Knowledge of this tradition illuminates me while in no way diminishing my fantasy appreciation for the sport – thank you, Adrian! – WK]

Warborough cricketers.

Warborough cricketers.

They cook in the kitchen of a 17th-Century manor house. Continue reading

“Stirring times for stirring songs for stirring soup” – A Picnic

TITLE: A Picnic

NUMBER: Series 2, Episode 3

ORIGINAL AIRDATE: October 13, 1997

[Again, Amazon presents this episode out of order.]

SETTINGS: Llandudno, Wales (“North Wales” according to the titles). The city is a seaside holiday destination, and the episode opens with the ladies dipping their feet into the water.


They cook for the Colwyn Male Voice Choir [Côr Meibion Colwyn in Welsh], whom Jennifer refers to as “all those lovely Men of Harlech” (apparently confusing the subject of the song with those who sing it). Continue reading