Monday, May 31, 2010

Blue is true with white sheer delight

Blue & white are classic. All you have to do is find a gorgeous piece from China or Delft & notices how still it looks current & there...poof! Proof.

I've always been a sucker for the cool, crisp manner which the marriage transforms a room, chair or a table. Whether bolds ors whispers all blues create merry with white.
Yup its a true love. Gardens...what would they be with hydrangeas or delphiniums???

Fashion need I say more.
Lilly PulitzerTory Burch tunic...I could live in them all summer.

Still its interior after interior that I drool over & over & over....

Barclay Butera a charmer in any palette but blues are a fave.

Mary MacDonald. I die every time I see this veranda.

Phoebe Howard & I do believe that everyones adores her outdoors setting.

Sarah Richardson

Meg Braff
Tobi Fairley
Flow blue is stunning at its best. The watery effect of the blue is achieved through true transfer ware & its cobalt is not only the most loved but highly prized as well.
Other transfer ware from the Staffordshire region lends a crisper aesthetic but frankly still elevates any table.
Delftware from the Netherlands is traditionally a tin glazed pottery. Who hasn't lusted for tiles in their kitchen????
Royal Copenhagens Blue Fluted Half Lace is my ultimate desire. The sugar bowl coveted. Hand painted artistry you eat off of. Perfection.
Still the Chinese so did & still do it soooooo well & it works with all styles of design.

Carolyn Roehm loves the duet so much it became a gorgeous book.

As summer heats up to oranges & reds remember the cool blues & whites to chill your soul. It never fails...that & a mojito.
Images courtesy of Amazon, Carolyn Roehm, House Beautiful, Phoebe Howard & San Fransico Chronicle

Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday??? It can't be...

I'm still trying to decipher where in the world Tuesday & Co went because they missed me or somehow I missed them.
With so much going on in reality from oil spills ( hey BP get off your wallet & get the job done!!),
economic turmoil on everyones' mind, heck even the Thai population, I'm turning off the NPR & tuning out for a bit.
Tuning out is a critical, integral aspect to any sane mind & body. Turn off the electronic devices, find a tranquil respite & do nothing. Feel the breeze, in fact listen to the breeze as it accompanies the birds & any other wildlife you're blessed with. Let the softness of nature replace the hardness of reality & just be yourself quietly for awhile. Stillness is a gift so few take advantage of in these years.
Another wonderful notion I heard this week...

L is for life, E is for evolving that is IF you allow it to happen.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Little green wonders all in recipe row...

Snap, snow or just a sweet treat I've always loved peas. Fresh is best naturally but unless you've planted a plot its rather difficult to find . Happily I discovered ages ago that fine frozen left to fabulous.

Of course mint is a peas best friend. Mint & pea soup has been a favourite for or so long & this recipe is my favorite because its chilled. I garnish with creme fraiche & a pea shoot or a delicate small mint sprig. Its refreshingly cool, flavorful yet not overpowering.Another favorite is fresh peas, sugar snaps, mint & feta salad. Its yummy with my go to dressing of olive oil, champagne vinegar, Maldon salt & fresh cracked white pepper. I've added chives. scallion, etc over the years but the standard greens still is works best on the buds. If not feta go for chevre, caprino, mato or any goats milk cheese. the sharpness marries well with the greens, but hey go lactose free if desired. I've done that as well.
Pea sprouts are so under used in Western culture but dou miao is yummy. These gentle pea tendrils are stir fried with garlic, ginger then soy, & I add mirin for delicacy delight. The sprouts also rock on sandwiches. You must try. I get them at my local Asian market. Their intense sweet pea essence it just rocks my boat.
Mushy English peas, Indian curries, Asian stir frys. Whether the pod or pea so many cultures use the pea & I encourage to try them all.

Potato & pea pakora's
The most unusual..a peacake with salmon, creme fraiche, meyer lemon & chive from the fabulous Zen Can Cook. I created his creation & my God!!!! Nuff said.Promise me peas, that you'll give the freshness of please, I mean peas a shot.
Have a wonderful day!!!!

Images courtesy of BBC, Bon Appetit, Martha Stewart & Zen Can Cook