The kitchen at Downton is always full of people bustling about. Often the food itself is merely a background to the conversations happening around the table, and one of the challenges of filming is to provide the actors with enough to do that they look busy, and that the tasks they are doing are replicable take after take. Chopping vegetables is a favorite activity, particularly good for the various extras who don’t have named parts but are there to give an impression of the number of staff that would have been present in a house like Downton. Although the series focuses on Mrs. Patmore and Daisy, plus Ivy in seasons 3 and 4, country house kitchens of the status of Downton would usually have four or five kitchen staff, including a scullery maid who did the plucking, gutting, and washing up, and would also hire extra staff for large events. All those vegetables have to go somewhere, and this dish is an excellent way to use a large variety of carefully diced props.