Thursday, April 7, 2016

A Rainy Day's Lunch

Hello sweet friends!

        Today is a cold rainy Spring day in my neck of the woods, so I decided to make a tuna and spinach soufflé with a barley soup hubby loves.

Anyway, here it is, I even arranged a pretty table with my vintage china with chrysanthemums and butterflies; butterfly napkin rings, some flowers in a white pitcher and even a fruit salad dessert with yogurt.

The custom here is to have a bigger lunch and a lighter supper, unless we go out for dinner.

If you wish the recipes are at the end of this post. The Barley soup is my Mil's recipe, that's why hubby loves it!

Here is lunch for a crispy rainy day.
The menu is a spinach, tuna soufflé and a barley soup.

'Recipes are at the end of this post.'

I served lunch on my vintage Asian china. The china has lots of Spring color flowers, plus butterflies in yellows and browns.

A close up of the dinner plate so you can see the colorful chrysanthemums and butterflies on the plate.

It's a vintage classic Oriental decoration and so is this complete china for eight place settings, plus teacups, teapot, sugar bowl, creamer and small dessert bowls shown here.

I've seen this pattern in several Asian Cookbooks.

The empty bowl is for dessert, it's smaller then what it looks in the pic.
I will serve fresh fruit with yogurt and walnuts for dessert.

Butterfly napkin rings to go with the china.

The barley soup was served in a soup bowl from the china, as it has 'soup plates' as well.

Thank you dear friends for your sweet and kind comments, you always make my day!

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.


2 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 c. milk
1 can tuna
3 eggs
Make white sauce. Add to well-beaten egg yolks. Add tuna. Fold in whites, well beaten. Pour into buttered baking dish and bake in moderate oven until firm, about 45 minutes in 350 degree oven.
-PLUS I added cooked spinach cause we love it. Try about 1/2 cup for this recipe, but cut in half for two ramekins, or just make it on one small oven dish.

BARLEY HOMEMADE SOUP  (My Mil's recipe, she wrote two Ecuadorian cookbooks)

Recipe for two:

3/4 cup barley  (cook as directions in the package in the USA)
1 medium potato, peeled and cut in cubes
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated fresh cheese  (optional, but we love it)
1 tablespoon chopped onion
Dash cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon of Saffron powder  (Goya)
Enough water to cook Barley
3 cups water for the soup


Cook Barley with enough water.  (Follow directions on the box for the USA)

In a small pot put some olive oil to taste and cook the chopped onions, then add garlic, salt and pepper to taste, the cumin, saffron powder Goya and cook until the onion looks transparent. Now incorporate the water, the potato cubes and let them cook well. 
Once potatoes are done add the cooked barley and let it cook for 10 minutes more.
Finally add milk and the cheese... which is optional, but hey, it's delish with it!


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  1. The soup goes well with the china you chose Fabby! Lovely!

  2. Fabby,
    A perfect sunshiny yellow tablescape complete with butterfly china for a rainy day, dear friend!
    I love the yellow and white stripe tablecloth and matching napkins!
    The orange is such a pleasing complementary color for the Spring Season!
    Charming butterfly napkin rings!
    I'm sure your menu was quite pleasing to your dear husband!

  3. Fabby, this looks divine. Making me hungry! I would love to have the recipe for the Tuna and the soup! You seem to make everything so special! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  4. Fabby- you are such a wonderful cook. Everything you do is beautiful and elegant!

    Thank you so much for joining TOHOT. We are so glad you are here!

    White Spray Paint

  5. Tuna soufflé sounds so tasty, especially with the soup, what a perfect pairing! The china with warm hues is great, too...all warming for the heart and soul!

  6. The tablesetting is gorgeous and both recipes sound fabulous.

  7. Oh what a pretty table. And a yummy lunch. Ocassionally I make a tuna casserole for me and the Cowboy. One can of tuna and a few noodles is the perfect amount with no leftovers. Except a couple of bites for Daisy! HeHe.
    I want to try your souffle sounds really good! Thanks for sharing!

  8. This sounds delicious! I hope that you have a great weekend.

  9. Hi Fabby,

    I have FINALLY made it over here to visit you! I'm sorry it's taken me so long. I really appreciate your comments from last week, and tonight, too. :) I have a hard time keeping up these days.

    Well, your table is lovely, as usual. I especially love the cheerful yellow and white striped tablecloth -- so springy! Your Asian china is beautiful; love those butterflies, colorful flowers, and the Greek key border. That should brighten up a rainy day. ;)

    Your food looks delicious!! Thank you so much for sharing the recipes with us. Visiting from Foodie Friday; I hope you have a great weekend, my friend. :)



  10. Such yummy recipes! I love visiting with you here at your lovely blog!

  11. It may be cold and rainy, but your table is warm and inviting. Yummy meal on a pretty table!

  12. Fabby,
    Love it all and of course you know with my love of gardening I am so partial to those butterfly napkin rings!
    Thank you so much for joining us at Thoughts Of Home On Thursday!

  13. Pinning the recipes! Thanks Fabby! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  14. Hello Fabby! Love the yellow striped tablecloth and the pretty dishes. The casseroles look so yummy. My husband loves things with tuna so he would enjoy this. Have a lovely weekend!

  15. How sweet to set a special table and fix your hubby's favorite recipes, Fabby! Thank you for sharing the recipes with us, too.
    You spring table, in your previous post, is just so beautiful. I always love to see your pretty dishes and your lovely tablescapes.
    Happy weekend, sweet friend!

  16. Dearest Fabby,
    Oh, what delicious comfort food for a rainy day!
    Love the way you keep making your Mother-in-law's barley soup recipe! Fond memories are being kept alive and passed on; that is LOVE.
    Sending you hugs and blessings for the weekend. It is sunny but windy here and I'm still fervently trying to manage all my photo scanning. One third done and I wil stay at it; let other chores all wait! That's the only way to do it. BUT I've baked bread and tried a new and delicious recipe for vegan pancakes without any eggs. Turned out very yummy.

  17. A lovely tablesetting as always Fabby. The dishes are beautiful and those little butterfly napkin rings are too cute! I will have to try your MIL's barley soup recipe, I often put a handful of barley in some of my soups just to give them extra texture and flavor, but I've not tried milk and cheese barley soup, it looks delicious!

  18. Everything is just perfect for a wonderful lunch with your special guy.

  19. It's so sensible to eat the heavier meal at lunchtime. It keeps one slim!
    I enjoy looking at your table as much as I enjoy your words, Fabby. It's such a nice blog to visit!

  20. Fabby I wish I could pull up a chair to this wonderful feast! Your post is such a happy addition to Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Thank you SO much for sharing the joy.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  21. Thank you Fabby for sharing your wonderful setting and lunch with us on the #OMHGFF, it looks devine!! Have a wonderful week!

  22. Hi Fabby, looks beautiful :) Bringing the sunshine inside when it is rainy outside..

    Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop..

  23. Hello Fabby, Your lunch looks delish and the tablesettng would make anything taste good. The menu is our kind of food. The Barely soup is a good recipe. I have made it and added Kale but I will try this recipe. The dishes are lovely.
    Happy weekend,

  24. Beautiful table, as all of yours are, and I love the individual square casserole dishes. I never seem to be able to find those.

  25. So pretty Fabby! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  26. This looks like a delicious lunch and I know your hubby enjoyed it! Your setting is beautiful, I love the Asian plates and those little square casserole dishes!! I will keep your soup recipe and try it soon.

    We are SO close to starting the new house. Excavating Man brought his equipment to the site Friday and we're hoping he starts digging Monday or Tuesday. I'll post when he does. Thanks for your visit and kind words! We are so anxious to begin.


  27. Fabby,
    Your dishes are lovely!! And the food looks delicious!! A beautiful tablescape!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  28. Hi Fabby! What a lovely table you've set and I do love your pretty dishes. Now your food looks wonderful. I do love barley soup but have never tried to make any! Did you ever feel intimidated by your MIL since she had written cookbooks? :)
    Thanks so much for popping in to see me and I do hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  29. The table looks lovely and the food looks tasty.

    thanks for sharing with SYC.

  30. Your cheery table setting is a welcome distraction from the rainy weather.

  31. loved the flowers on your table dear ,the whole setting is so beautiful with these lovely white birds and looking very delicious food ,perfect lunch in cold rainy day with hot soup ,

    thank you for sharing recipe

  32. Your lunch sounds perfect for a rainy day and those butterfly napkin rings are so whimsical. Everything looks wonderful and I'm definitely going to make your tuna dish. Thank you for sharing and have a lovely day, Fabby.


  33. There isn't a cold or a rain that could stand up against so much beauty and creativity.
    Here Spring has been like that too. Rain, cold temperatures. Today was one of those 4 Seasons' Day.
    I kind of like it.
    Be Well Dear Friend!

  34. Your table looks beautiful and so does the soup and soufflé!
    Thanks Fabby for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J!

  35. I've never made barley soup and I'm going to try your recipe. I know it is nutritious.

    Your table setting is delightful. So cheerful and inviting. Your husband felt special I know.

  36. Sounds so yummy and that cheery table would surely brighten up a rainy day! I have never tried making a soufflé. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  37. I am so impressed with your souffle! What a nice dish. Lighter suppers make so much sense. And a lovely table is always a good idea! So nice that you came to visit me. I hope you are enjoying spring.

  38. What to say Fabby. Anyone will feel romantic seeing this setting on a rainy day. Love the colours you have used here to bring the mood of relaxing. The flowers are pretty. Love Sujatha:)

  39. This sounds really delicious!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


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