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Enjoy browsing our table settings, recipes and travel journal.

Some of our favourite seasonal settings can be found below.

  • Minton & Boyle Dessert Set with Peonies
  • Delphiniums and Spode Romney
  • Pier 1 Chintz Appetizer Plates
  • Perigord by Williams Sonoma
  • Blue & White: Royal Doulton RD78
  • Chinoiserie by Pottery Barn

Seasonal Food and Flora


Here are some of our favourite seasonal recipes.

Sultana Tea Bread

I spotted the picture for this recipe in Tea Time Magazine, and just had to try it. More cake than bread-like, it has a soft, moist texture and a slightly tangy flavour which is nicely highlighted with the raisins and chopped apricots. It’s perfect with a cup of... read more

Lemon Curd

My daughter Kirsten and her husband Mike had invited us over for dinner one evening and I decided to bring a Tarte au Citron, Kirsten’s favourite dessert. I was a bit short on time, and happily employed the trusty no-roll crust from the French Apple Tart recipe... read more

Tostadas with Shrimp & Guacamole

This easy appetizer can be prepared in advance with just a bit of last minute assembly.   Tostadas with Shrimp and Guacamole 2017-08-27 04:43:19 An easy and filling appetizer, which can be prepared in advance, with just a bit of last minute assembly. YUM! Write a... read more


When visiting us in the Cape, one of son Adam and son-in-law Mike’s favourite occupations is concocting (and consuming!) cocktails. Their respective rates of consumption have slowed considerably with the onset of fatherhood, but their enthusiasm has not waned... read more

Corn, Mushroom, Leeks and Pancetta

We were having close friends over for dinner the day following our long drive back from Cape Cod.  After being away for five weeks, what to serve that would be fairly quick to prepare, require minimal shopping and be delicious? We settled on steaks on... read more

Bourbon and Vanilla Brined Pork Chops

The August/September 2011 issue of Fine Cooking magazine has been making the rounds in our family.  We love to get together to try new recipes, and were excited to explore the Bourbon and Vanilla Brined Pork Chops.  Early one afternoon I prepared... read more

Entertablement Abroad


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

Entertablement Abroad: Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park is a beautiful baroque English manor house just outside of the town of Bath in Somerset. You may recognize the house from its appearance in The Remains of the Day starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. On a previous visit to Bath, we kept driving... read more

Entertablement Abroad – Croft Castle

Croft Castle has been home to the Croft family for a thousand years, give or take, with only a short interruption. This is remarkable even in England where houses are often passed down through several generations; ten centuries is quite a span of time! The Croft... read more

Entertablement Abroad – Blenheim Palace Part II

Welcome back to our story about Blenheim Palace, home to the Dukes of Marlborough since 1722. Our last instalment left off as we were about to enter the Library, shown as “H” on the screen-save of the diagram from Wikipedia: As you can see, the library... read more

Entertablement Abroad – Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace. Where to begin… It’s a tale of military victory, political intrigue, grandiose plans, clashing personalities, strained finances and ultimately, a massive country house on whose architectural merits opinion remains divided.  Many... read more

Entertablement Abroad: Valentina’s Lost Orangery

We are finishing up our time in England and head home tomorrow. In my spare moments throughout the trip, I’ve been busily sorting and processing photos in an attempt to wrestle more than 2,000 of them into a workable number for future blogs. The good news is... read more

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