Sunday, March 31, 2013

FABBY: Table for Three

Hello sweet friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend, celebrating that our Lord Jesus Christ has Risen and the Spring season, as well. We had a long nice weekend, as Ecuador, been a predominantly Catholic country, the weekend starts at Good Friday. I made a nice lunch for the three of us, mother, Alejandro and myself. The entrance was "chumales", made of corn and steamed in it's own corn leaves. I love "chumales" they're so delicate and yummy. Than there's a hardy soup called "Fanesca", made out of fresh grains, pumpkins, squash, made out of fish broth and many garnishing, such as: "fish escabeche", small empanadas, fried platein and slices of hard boil eggs; all these are served separately, so each guest will add it to their soup bowl. The idea of the fresh grains and squashes, is the harvest of the earth at this time of year. This meal it's usually eaten in all homes around Holy week, any day you wish and many families make it proudly to invite family and friends. Here is a small table I fixed for the three of us with photos of the food, as well.

My table all set for the three of us..mother, Alejandro and myself. Here is the "fanesca, a very hardy, fresh harvest of the earth, grain soup". I learned to like it slowly, through out the years, as the soup is delicious, but I'm not crazy about grains in mom suffered when I was a kid, cause she wanted me to eat them, as grains are good protein for your health. Finally I learned, while living here.

Here is the delicious "chumal", presented in it's own corn leaf. You can also discard the leaf to serve, but I wanted you to see it as it looks steamed cooked.

The garnishing that go on top of the soup: the fried rounds of plantain, the hard boiled egg slices and in the foreground, the little empanadas. I forgot to bring the "fish escabeche" for the pic, lol..

For dessert I made this delicious, Lemon Yogurt Cake from:   http://therealhousewivesofriverton  Be sure to visit them, I recomend this great cake! Thank you ladies, it was fabulous!!

Since liquor drinking is not proper around Holy Week, we just had water..therefore, no goblets.
I used my orange chargers, that I got on an after C'mas sale, along with orange dinner plates, and with the pretty vintage Oriental dishes, with many flowers and butterflies, to make a happy spring setting, as well.

We had herbs tea with my mother and a piece of the cake for dessert. Alejandro and my mother, also loved this Yogurt Lemon Cake.

The recipe makes two loaves, like this one.
The tea set in the foreground, the cake and the dessert plate.


Pamela Gordon said...

Thanks for sharing the interesting food you have in Ecuador. I think it would take a while to get used to it as well. The lemon yogurt bread looks very yummy. I hope you have a wonderful week Fabby! Hugs, Pamela

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Wow, Fabby, what a beautiful feast! Your table setting is gorgeous. Wishing you and your family a Very Happy Easter!!!

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Hi Fabby,
Happy Easter to you and yours! The food looks very good, and the cake divine!

Barbara F. said...

Fabby, such a lovely table for three. Your menu sounds muy delicioso! Empanadas, yum! Soup sounds good too. xo

Maria C said...

Fabby, that yogurt cake looks delicious! And those bunnies . . . I'm in love with those adorable, frolicking bunnies! I'm not familiar with that soup, but I'm very, very familiar with fried plantains. Yum! I hope you had a wonderful Easter! God bless!

Donna Heber said...

Your table looks wonderful Fabby! I have never tried yogurt cake, but it sounds like it would be better for you. I hope you had a wonderful Easter. Blessings to you.

SarahGeorge said...

I love the way you've introduced the delicacies of your place:-) The plantain rounds are similar to what we make here in India:-) I love to try the lemon yogurt cake too!

On Crooked Creek said...

You set a lovely Table for Three, dear friend!
I adore the pops of bright, vivid hues with the orange as a featured color!
The soup looks delicious...I love soup any time of the year!!!
Traditions shared by families are the sweetest of memories!!!
Thanks for sharing!

kitty said...

I hope you had a Happy Easter, dear Fabby! Your lunch for three looks so pretty and delicious. I wish I could have a slice of your wonderful looking cake.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Yum! The chumal looks divine. Everything does! Lemon yogurt cake....*le sigh*.......

Your tablescapes are always so elegant and pretty. I always enjoy looking at them!


Mary said...

What a lovely meal. You really created a gorgeous feast for your family. I'm sure they appreciated it.I hope you had a pleasant Easter holiday. Blessings...Mary

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Sounds like an interesting meal. Would love to try the yogurt cake! I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend and thank you for joining me for tea today.


Antiques And Teacups said...

Great post. I make empanadas, and have had the escabeche, but the others are new to me! Your table is lovely! So glad you had a wonderful Easter. Thanks for sharing & linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Susan said...

Your china is a very interesting and makes for an elegant table setting.

Lisa said...

Another wonderful tablescape! I have to say that your menu had me drooling - it sounds amazing! Happy Monday from the enchanted oven.

Designs By Pinky said...

Sweet Fabby, your table is stunning. I loved learning about all the food presented. It all sounds and looks delicious. The orange color in the dishes is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your traditions. XO, pinky

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Hope you had a lovely Easter dear friend. The table looks inviting and the cake is divine. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

xinex said...

All your food is making me hungry, Fabby. So sorry I have not been by, I have been so busy decorating and having so much fun. I love our new home. I am sure you had a great Easter. Saw all the grandkids and kids so it was fun for me too...Christine

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Lovely table Fabby. I could not get the link to open for the cake recipe. It looks fabulous and sounds delicious. I'd love to try it.

Jocelyn @

Terri said...

Lovely! You always set such a beautiful table. The soup looks delicious and is made of all my favorite things. I am sure it was great. Everything looks so good.
I am glad you had a good holiday.

Maria Elena said...

Fabby, Beautiful table! The food looks so good! I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post to my link party! Hope to see you there!

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Great tablescape Fabby and your food looks delicious. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Fabby, your tablescape and your menu are both wonderful. I love it. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Fabby: Lovely in orange! The food looks so good. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

FABULOUS! (Sorry, I just could not help myself.)

Veronica Roth said...

Very nice table Fabby. Lovely orange colours and butterflies are definitely spring. I saw our first butterfly her in the Pacific Northwest the other day. I'm off to get that cake recipe...sounds wonderful. Hugs to you.

Micupoftea~ said...

Hi Fabby! Oh, what a delight! The food looks delicious and the table is so welcoming. HAPPY April :)

Kathe said...

Lovely as always Fabby! The orange is perfect for spring and so unexpected! Okay, now I need the recipe for the chumal! That looks so good! Thank you for sharing your table at my party this week. I'm featuring it on my Facebook page too!

Felicity W said...

Love the ORIENTAL styled dishes and the table setting.

Thanks for sharing!


Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Fabby, lovely meal - beautifully set. The cake sounds quite delicious! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

allisamazing said...

Your table is beautiful and the food looks delicious :)

Teresa said...

This is so interesting.

Priceless, in fact.

I like the concept of adding what you wish to the soup.

God Bless,

Miss Mindy said...

Fabby, I love the rich hues you used on your Easter table and that you shared with us your traditions! I'll have to try that cake recipe, it looked good also.

He is Risen!

Miss Mindy
The Howell Blessings

Lulu said...

Not only does your table have its usual beauty, the soup sounds absolutely fantastic. Is this a native dish?

Marigene said...

What a lovely table, Fabby...beautiful china. I have a couple of questions...what are your winters like living so close to the equator...and are chumals anything like tamales?

Alycia Nichols said...

I'm trying to figure out the chumals. They look kind of like Mexican tamales in which the ground corn is steamed in the husk. Thank you for showing us the photos with it still in the husk. I remember that you already gave me a wonderfully thorough explanation of the fish escabeche. I've still not tried to make it yet, though. My husband is a very picky eater!

The table setting is beautiful, especially with the gorgeous chargers!!! I wish I had a slice of that cake!!!

Chubby Chieque said...

Hello Fabby dear,
Am I late with your yummy dish? Do you have some more for me and GH? Goodness, empanadas? It was a long time ago, I had my last empanadas.

How's everybody? Hope you had a great Easter with your lovelies.

Have a great week-end sweetie and I will catch you when am back next week-end.

Hugs from Lissabon,
/CC girl

Chubby Chieque said...

Hello Fabby dear,
Am I late with your yummy dish? Do you have some more for me and GH? Goodness, empanadas? It was a long time ago, I had my last empanadas.

How's everybody? Hope you had a great Easter with your lovelies.

Have a great week-end sweetie and I will catch you when am back next week-end.

Hugs from Lissabon,
/CC girl

Sarah said...

Pretty table, and the meal looks delicious. I'm going to make one of those cakes. Thanks for the recipe.

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Your food and cake look yummy Fabby. Such interesting soup. I have to try that bread recipe and your table looks beautiful as always.

Have a great weekend.

Kathleen said...

What a pretty table! The lunch looks so fabby u lous! ;)

Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish, have a good week!

Jann Olson said...

Your table is lovely Fabby. I love experiencing food from other countries. All sound and look delicious! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Richella Parham said...

Fabby, you amaze me and inspire me. I've been in a bit of a slump lately; seeing your table makes me want to have company and create a lovely table!