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Some of our favourite seasonal settings can be found below.

  • Spode Woodland Harvest
  • Bittersweet by Royal Cauldon
  • Copeland Spode Uplands Game
  • Wild Woodland Turkeys by Johnson Brothers
  • A Rustic Woodland Outdoor Table
  • Lenox Winter Song

Seasonal Food and Flora


Here are some of our favourite seasonal recipes.

Broccoli Soup with Mustard Seeds

This recipe is adapted from Sarah Lee Chase’s Cold Weather Cooking and is absolutely delicious. She in turn caged the recipe from the Powers Family of Weston, Connecticut, so the gift just keeps on giving, folks. I love the entire cookbook, which is just... read more

Braised Vegetables with Pan Roasted Pork Chops

Braised vegetables are among my very favourite, especially when they’re done on the stovetop while quickly searing a pork chop in a cast iron pan to pop into the oven. Delicious, deeply flavoured meal ready in 20 minutes.  The December 2016/January 2017... read more

Pear and Cranberry Tart with Walnut Crust

The subtle nutty flavour of the delicious crust adds a certain something to this tangy and colourful tart. Cranberry Pear Tart with Walnut Shortbread Crust 2016-10-30 06:35:34 Serves 8 The toasted walnuts in the cranberry crust provide a lovely nutty counterpoint... read more

Sausage Stuffing with Celery, Cranberries and Apple

This is the stuffing I traditionally make for our Christmas Eve dinner. This year, I finally took the time to measure the proportions rather than just plough ahead and make it by instinct, as is my wont. Its longevity on the family favourites list is likely... read more


On our recent trip to Edinburgh, we decided to walk the 20 minutes to The Castle Terrace for dinner. It was a fine, warm evening when we set out. Typical of Scotland, however, the heavens opened before we were halfway there. We found cover in a bus shelter during the worst of the downpour, and then made a mad dash for the restaurant, arriving quite soaked and somewhat cross.

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Cranberry Chutney

Preparations for Thanksgiving dinner have begun! In the spirit of trying to get as much done ahead of time as possible, Cranberry Chutney is at the top of the list. I usually double or treble the recipe, and then we have enough for Christmas, too. It keeps for several months in the fridge. The recipe was generously shared with us by Cynthia Hancock, the mother of one of my daughter’s school friends.

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Entertablement Abroad


Enjoy our travel journal of castles, cathedrals, country houses, wonderful tableware and delicious meals.

Entertablement Abroad: A Travel Taste Test

Greetings, dear readers! We are once again under our own roof and happily in reach of wireless services. Thanks to everyone for their good wishes on our journey. My trepidation about the cruise proved groundless; no seasickness at all. It was smooth sailing al the... read more

Entertablement Abroad – Quick Packing

Good morning to all, and Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends. This is a quick post on quick packing, very much to the point as I’m currently in Venice, bags packed and ready to embark on an eight-day cruise down the Adriatic. This is a first for us, as... read more

Entertablement Abroad – Harewood House

“Where shall we go today?” was the question. Our three weeks in England were almost at an end and we – Glenn, that is – had done a lot of driving already, so I was hesitant to suggest Harewood House, almost two hours from our self-catering cottage in... read more

Entertablement Abroad – Ripon Cathedral

For all its storied history, as cathedrals go, Ripon Cathedral is surprisingly modest and unassuming. The current building is the fourth incarnation.The first was begun in 660 by St. Wilfred, abbot of the monastery at Ripon. It consisted of a stone bascilica in the... read more

It’s a Mermaid Party!

Four little girls at the seaside. Gotta have a mermaid party! With crowns. And tiaras. And headbands. All with mermaid dresses. Oh – and cupcakes.  Of course. Mermaid cupcakes. The toppers and liners are a kit from Meri Meri.  Much to my... read more

Entertablement Abroad: Syon Park Part II

At the end of Syon Park, Part I, we left off in the Long Gallery, Shall we resume our tour? At 41.3 metres long by 4.2 metres wide, one can see why it was named the Long Gallery. This magnificent room takes up the entire east front of the house, a stretch of eleven... read more

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