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Ivan Day shapes his mince pies using traditional patterns from hundreds of years ago. Rich Preston hide caption

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Big, Bold, Wild: We Re-Create Christmas Dinners Of Centuries Past

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A Hindu servant serves tea to a European colonial woman in the early 20th century. The British habit of adding tea to sugar wasn't merely a matter of taste: It also helped steer the course of history. Underwood & Underwood/Corbis hide caption

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A box of five Cadbury Creme Eggs in London. The confectioner's decision to change the chocolate used to make the outer shell has left many in the U.K. in "shellshock." Anthony Devlin/PA Photos/Landov hide caption

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Tweaks To Cadbury Creme Eggs Not Going Over Easy In The U.K.

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From A British King To Rock 'N' Roll: The Slippery History Of Eel Pie Island

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"Downton Abbey's" kitchen maid (Sophie McShera) and cook (Lesley Nicol) teach Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown-Findlay) the basics of cooking. Many Edwardian servants had a pretty good handle on advanced cuisines, says food historian Ivan Day. Courtesy (C) Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for Masterpiece hide caption

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