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Enjoy browsing our table settings, recipes and travel journal.

Some of our favourite seasonal settings can be found below.

  • Pottery Barn Leaf Plates
  • Vintage Royal Doulton Nankin
  • Harvest (Fruit) by Johnson Brothers
  • Aesthetic Movement Soup Plates on Porch
  • Willow by Pier 1
  • Queens Myott by Churchill

Seasonal Food and Flora


Here are some of our favourite seasonal recipes.

Heirloom Tomato and Peach Salad with Mint & Basil

A wonderful late summer salad with the unusual combination of peaches and tomatoes, with high notes of heady basil and mint. The sweet fleshiness of ripe peaches acts as a perfect counterpoint to the tangy tartness of the tomatoes.  We enjoyed this with lobster... read more

Mushroom & Smoked Mozzarella Foccacia

Until recently, I’ve been a yeast-avoider.  Beguiling pictures of rising bread caught my attention, but yeast in the list of ingredients sent me running for the hills. Too difficult, too complicated, too time-consuming. I had every excuse under... read more

Green Beans, Tomatoes and Kalamata Olive Salad

This salad has only a few ingredients and takes minutes to throw together. The flash-cooked and cooled green beans lend some crunch to the meaty tomatoes, along with the salty tenderness of the olives. Delicious!   Print Green Beans, Tomatoes and Kalamata Olive... read more

Bourbon Cocktail with Lemon & Basil

Adam added a fabulous drink to our cocktails-to-try list with this surprisingly refreshing beverage, inspired by an article from Food & Wine about Bourbon-based summer cocktails. The homemade lemon Oleo Saccharum, a complex name for lemon simple syrup,... read more

Strawberry Trifle with Chocolate Mousse

This scrumptious trifle combines the intensity of rich chocolate cake and chocolate mousse with the creamy lightness of whipped cream and sweet strawberries. A feast for the eyes and the taste buds. We had an unexpectedly large crowd for dinner one night recently and... 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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