Friday, March 15, 2013

FABBY: St. Patty's Sunday Lunch for Two

Hello sweet friends!

Hope you're all enjoying this wonderful St. Patrick's Sunday the 17 of I am because of our new head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francisco, from Argentina, South America. May God bless him so he could help all the countries in the world to go back to the original values, our Lord Jesus Christ taught us to live by.
This is a small table for our Sunday lunch I did TODAY, although I sent a draft by mistake last Friday; but today is the real post, with our lunch, lol.. I am using the dinner plateswith the shamrocks now, since my last table for St. Patrick's, was a "tea table", not a dinner table. Have a blessed St. Patrick's Sunday, to you all and your families.

Here is the dinner plate with the shamrocks, paired with my other china, green and white soup bowls, both designed and made at our former Ceramic Co.- Monte Turi.

The soup recipe is at the end of this post, if you wish.

The soup we're having is Creme of Broccoli, garnished with hard boiled egg slices. I prepared it cause it's green, and of course it also goes well with this green-month of St. Pat's..j

If you've been following me, you will remember I did a post on all my after C'mas sale finds and I got this very green chargers, I really like, as they're perfect for the holidays too.

The small bowls are for fresh fruit and yogurt dessert.
I'm so in love with my vintage French Opaline flower vase, as is one of the three gorgeous gifts hubby gave me on our last 38th. Anniversary. I was lucky cause he let me choose them too...and I'm also blessed that "he liked what I chose,"..hihihihiii...

The day is getting dark, as it looks like a very needed rain is coming.
We decided to watch a movie after lunch, so we'll be having dessert in the family room with tea and a  piece of Pineapple Pie.

The pie looks good!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Thank you so much for the wonderful comments you leave me, as you always make my day!

I will be joining some great parties, so thank you gracious hostesses for having me join the fun!


Cream of Broccoli

1 1/2 cups broccoli
1/2 medium onion
1 teaspoon fresh mashed garlic
1 medium potato
1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons oil
4 cups water, more if you need to.

In a pot put the oil, the chopped onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook until onions are clear. Add  the water and boil and put the potato cut in cubes and cook the potato. When potato is done add the broccoli and cook for 10 minutes more. Lastly add the milk and cook for 5 minutes at low flame. Let it cool and blend in your blender until is creamed. Check the salt if needed. Garnish with slices of hard boil egg, like I did, crutons, or whatever you desire. Yield 4 servings.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

FABBY: Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Hello my sweet Irish and non Irish bloggie friends!

Wishing everyone a wonderful St. Patrick's Day, as if I was still living in NY, I will be celebrating among all my friends..the ones Irish and the ones, like me, who are not! I remember all the fun, as Astoria-Queens was an Irish-Italian neighborhood while I was growing up and now it's Greek! I'm having a little luck of the Irish for making this table to celebrate St. Patty's Day, as my china has "shamrocks" decorated in it, and was made back at our Ceramic Company. My inspiration for designing this pattern are the blouses of the Indigenous women of this area, Cuenca-Ecuador, where they have shamrocks embroidered in the ends of the sleeves!..I wonder if they just did it for the luck, as we believe a four leaf-clover found is the biggest luck!..anyway, I love shamrocks, with 3 or 4 clovers. Happy St. Patty's to all you darlings!!

I will be joining that Irish lass, Kathleen, at Let's Dish; she's having this great challenge Wednesday-March 13, 2013. I will also be joining other wonderful ladies that host exciting parties as well...I'm sure everyone will have great posts for St. Pat's honor. Hope you show us your greens, too and join the fun!

My greens in honor of St. Patty's Day.

The tablecloth is a silk brocade, Italian vintage that belonged to my Mil and for this table I used the reverse side of it, as it's great looking too, and with lots of greens, which is why I decided to use the back side. The right side of it, as is; is mostly in golds.

I placed my reticulated chargers with the salad plates and sherbets, as this china has shamrocks in most pieces.

I took this shot from inside my kitchen.
The big round platter has some "lucky Irish coins!"

The platter with shamrocks and lucky chocolate coins.

I use this piece, with shamrocks in the finials; as a creamer, for milk, as a gravy boat and even for pancake syrup, as it has a peak too.
You can see from here the wide strips of green in the "vintage silk Italian tablecloth.

The friends that have followed me lately, know that I got this green goblets on an after C'mas sale and I loved them for St. Patty's too!
Here you can appreciate the shamrocks in the sherbet and the plate. The shamrocks in the napkin rings was DIYed by me, lol..

I DIYed the shamrock on the napkin rings. I used my lace cream color napkins, as to match the reticulated ivory-cream chargers. Lots of greens on this side of the silk tablecloth.

I also got this great long dome in the same after C'mas sale, where I got the green goblets. The teacup has a pumpkin shape. 

The pretty Venetian green with gold vintage water glasses, with the white part embossed.. I just got them last month, among red ones too; as one of my 38th. Anniversary gifts from Alejandro.
I also added to the flowers, some deliciously scented white Jazmin, from our condo's garden. (the Mr. is not liking the smell of them, lol)

I love the medallion the tablecloth has in the center of it. The gold coins, with an Irish American president's profile; you know, Mr. JF Kennedy... and they're chocolate, yummy too!  My grands love them..heheheheee..

Some fresh made bread from the store to have with our tea, or coffee, cheese and marmalade...yummy!

I tell ya..if I wasn't that short, (5'2) I'd take better shots with more altitude!

The reticulated hurricanes here, also came with my set of 12 complete place settings of these dishes. The chandy is Venetian antique from the 20's.
Here you have table scape in honor of St. Patrick's Day, the "Patron Saint of  Irland"...and of course, may you all have a "happy and lucky St. Pat's Day", whether you are Irish or not.



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