Poldark, and a diabetic cookbook

Rena George Poldark 8 Comments


Remember the BBC’s fabulous Poldark series?  Maybe you’ve caught some of the recent re-runs on one of the Freeview channels? Or like me, perhaps you have the complete DVD set? 

The lovely old house in the picture above is one of two chosen as Nampara, where Ross and Demelza lived.

My heart still beats a little faster at the memory of the enigmatic Captain Ross Poldark, alias actor, Robin Ellis, riding out across the wild Cornish moors. But then I was just besotted with the whole Poldark thing, from Ross’s feisty young wife, Demelza, played by the lovely Angharad Rees, who sadly died recently, to the wicked old Jud Paynter, played by Paul Curran.

For me, Poldark sparked a lifelong love affair with Cornwall and a fascination for the eighteenth century, not to mention an abiding admiration for the late Winston Graham, who wrote the brilliant novels. My thanks to him, and the lovely Robin, for giving us the most charismatic romantic hero of all time  – Ross Poldark!

One of my favourite scenes has to be when the handsome Captain Poldark, the wind in his hair, stands in the bow of a sailing ship bound for France, on his way to rescue his friend Dr Enys from a French prison…Now there was a powerful romantic image if ever there was one! 

But these days, back in the real world, Robin Ellis lives in South-West France with his wife, Meredith.

Twelve years ago he was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. And now, to raise awareness of the condition, and to indulge his passion for cooking, he has produced a special cookbook Delicious Dishes for Diabetics.

Here’s a recent interview with him in the July issue of Sainsbury’s magazine.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my nostalgic indulgence. If you have any fond memories of Poldark that you’d like to share, or comments about Robin’s great cookbook, don’t be shy about stopping by.

Rena xx

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      Hi Carrie, thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment. And yes, the two lovely old houses used in the series are real and in the Lands End area of Cornwall.

  1. Lovely photo of “Nampara”! Thanks for this excellent post, Rena!

    You might be interested to know that there is an greatly expanded version of “Making Poldark” that came out this year (2012). Nine thousand more words and new photos from Winston Graham’s personal collection and from Robin.

    The cover is different–in fact it’s the 3rd version since the original pictured above. Details here: http://robin-ellis.net/robins-newly-updated-memoir/.

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      Thank you so much Meredith. I didn’t know about the new ‘Making Poldark’ book. What a treat! Can’t wait to get my copy. xx

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      I’m giving a big thumbs up to everything you’ve mentioned here, Paula. Thanks to all the brilliant actors who brought Poldark to life, I don’t think we will ever see its equal. Thank you for leaving a comment.

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      Isn’t it gorgeous! I would never have found it if I hadn’t gone searching some of the Poldark locations in Cornwall. I can’t tell you how proud I was when I tracked it down and was able to take this picture. x

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