table talk | a well laid table

Dressing a table for a dinner party or for that matter any special occasion doesn't have to be boring...or even hard for that matter. I prefer not too cover the entire table in a linen cloth.  I select my colour scheme and then pull from the linen cupboard all my linen and table accessories which... Continue Reading →

sprinkle cake | mayhem & hell

In my earlier married life, I experienced some massive fails in the kitchen. I suspect we lost a few friends as a result of a few bad dinner parties. Fortunately things do get better. I read this great blog titled “The Cake Blog”. Sadly I read Carrie Sellman's very descriptive and detailed instructions on how... Continue Reading →

entertaining made easy | grazing board

"Best friends are the people you can do anything and nothing with and still have the best time". source:  Quoteslife101.net If entertaining was made easier, I am certain we would do more of it! Back in my mother’s day, they always went to a party with a plate in hand. What happened to that tradition... Continue Reading →

going sweet on ottolenghi

  I have all of Ottolenghi’s cookbooks. We have shared so many night’s with Ottolenghi, albeit his food not Yotam himself. After having just finished watching Yotam on Master Chef for the past two nights, I realise that all this time I have been pronouncing his name incorrectly, Yoth…am instead it is Yot…am! Oh dear me!... Continue Reading →

mad about napkins or just mad

Some call them a serviette and some a napkin.  However Debrett's say napkins and never  a serviette.  They should be placed on either side of a plate or in the centre of the setting, where the plate will go.  They should be folded simply (and yet for me I sometimes prefer to leave them large... Continue Reading →

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