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Enjoy browsing our table settings, recipes and travel journal.

Some of our favourite seasonal settings can be found below.

  • Spode Blue Chintz
  • Grandma Laughran's Tea Set
  • Elephant Plates
  • Navy and White Blossoms
  • Spode Fitzhugh Green and White Lilacs
  • Hawthorne Light Turquoise with Lilies of The Valley

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

Stacked Waldorf Salad

Apple season is upon us, and while I love all the braised, rich dishes that come with fall, a tangy, crunchy and fresh appetizer is always welcome.    This salad is from an old issue of Victoria Magazine (October 2014). I was intrigued by by the modern... read more

No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Pie

When it’s 90 degrees in the shade and the mere thought of turning on the oven makes you shudder, it’s time to break out the no-bake dessert recipes. After all, chocolate is a food group to be enjoyed in all weathers! Making the chocolate shards was a... read more

Raspberry Lime Rickey

We’ve had lots of family, big and small, here in the Cape over the last week. We were blessed with marvellous weather and spent many happy hours watching excited children dash in and out of the water, discover hermit crabs, dig holes for the tide to fill... read more

Tagliatelle with Prosciutto and Fresh Peas

We got the last of this season’s fresh English peas from Picone’s, our local family-owned green grocer. I’d used most of them in a giant batch of Summer Squash Succotash that the family had consumed with gusto, but had enough left to eke out two... read more

Pancakes

Pancakes are a weekend treat in our house. The grandchildren (and indeed, some adult “children”, ahem, Lauren) prefer them with chocolate chips. The rest of us like them plain or with fruit added. This is the basic recipe. After many years of throwing... read more

Entertablement Abroad

 

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

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

Entertablement Abroad: Worcester Cathedral

Worcester Cathedral, more formally known as The Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Mary the Virgin of Worcester, has a very warm and engaging feel to it, possibly because it’s a hodgepodge of every type of English architecture from Norman to... read more

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