Spring-y Yellow & Red Tulips

They stopped me in my tracks the moment I spotted them in the Alm Hill Gardens stall at The Market on Saturday morning. I wait for these beauties all year. The bits of red streaking through the vibrant yellow makes my heart sing. They stayed at the shop for the day for all to enjoy, then made the ferry ride over to WestWard to take center stage on the dining table. The majority in a clear glass vessel and three stems just needing to dance in single stem bottles. They made for a happy, happy Sunday supper table.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 194

A frittata can include everything ‘but’ the kitchen sink, as I like to joke. They are the perfect dish to use up bits of leftovers, like potatoes, onions, ham, and small bits of cheese. Savory in every way.



 

 

A Sunday Thought



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

All sorts of new fun things have been arriving from all the buying we have been doing over the last few months. I always love seeing goods get worked in to existing displays finding a happy home. Here is what caught my eye the most this round.



 

 

Tulips and a Geranium

Flower Friday brings fluttery creamy tulips with bold hits of green running about. They were in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Along with a leggy scented geranium that was a lovely gift. They brighten up the end of the dining table. Have an exquisite first week-end of Spring everyone!



 

 

This and That

Reporting on a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Above, check out the travel magazine Virtuoso Life. A Watson Kennedy shout-out in the latest issue. Below, a ‘Top 20 Home Tours of All Time’ over on the Design Sponge blog where Hawthorne nabbed a spot. And finally, after 5 days in bed finally up & about and feeling human again (a saying my dad always used to say) and heading into the shops today. I can’t wait! Thank you for all the kind get well wishes this week. Happy start of Spring!!!



 

 

Reuben Dutch Baby

On this Wine & Dine Wednesday first day of Spring a hearty Reuben Dutch Baby I made at Hawthorne week before last for my hubby. He had just driven back from the city seeing his mom and I wanted to make him a special treat. He loves a Reuben! This recipe is from Bon Appétit magazine, which I read on the airplane going to New York and it stuck with me, so I thought I would give it a go. It did not disappoint and was crazy filling.

4 large eggs, ½ cup milk, room temperature, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, ½ cup all-purpose flour, 4 ounces coarsely grated Swiss cheese (preferably Jarlsberg), 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, 8 ounces thinly sliced pastrami, sauerkraut, salt & pepper

Place a 10″ cast-iron skillet in oven, preheat to 425°. Whisk eggs, milk, and 1 tsp. mustard in a medium bowl until smooth. Whisking constantly, gradually add flour, whisking until smooth. Season with salt. Stir in half of cheese and ½ tsp. pepper.

Carefully remove preheated skillet from oven and add butter, swirl skillet to coat. Drape half of pastrami into skillet (it’s okay if it bends and folds over itself); season with salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture over. Return skillet to oven and bake until Dutch baby is puffed and golden brown, 12–15 minutes.

Remove skillet from oven and heat broiler. Drape remaining pastrami over Dutch baby; top with remaining 2 oz. cheese. Broil until cheese is melted, about 3 minutes.

Top with sauerkraut and mustard before serving.



 

 

Give Someone a Hug Today

Today is my 4th day in bed with this nasty cold/flu bug that has been going around. Getting a bit better each day but even taking Bailey out for a quick spin, as I just did, wipes me out completely. Of course this has meant I have read lots of news. Hence, my hug directive. So many beyond terrible things happening in the world as well as our own country. Makes me want to just pull the duvet over my head and hide for awhile. But we can’t. We must keep on spreading the love. And asking questions, and being aware, and informed and insisting on the truth for all matters. But when it all gets to be overwhelming, ask for a hug or give someone a hug. Whether two legged or four, a good hug can be some of the best medicine in the world.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 193

A big cheese platter can be awesome but also overwhelming, both for the host and guests. Try individual platters for your next gathering. Combine cheeses with jams, honey and candied ginger as well as a variety of crackers & bread for a simple and oh so tasty cheese spread.



 

 

A Sunday Thought