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Amaryllis Love

Flower Friday brings us this stunning Amaryllis La Paz. It is always such a treat to sort through the bin at City People’s deciding which bulbs get to come back to the shop to delight us for the season. This one is so delicate and has a sort of orchid vibe to it. I have enjoyed a potted version before, but had never tried forcing a bulb in this variety. It opened the other day to all our delight. The whole process of watching it grow over this last month is truly a gift. Of course I am as enamored with the roots too–so beautiful they are swirling around in the water. Cheers to amaryllis in all forms & stages!



Lemon-Sultana Marmalata with Caraway & Saffron 

Just In, from award winning food purveyor Le Bon Magot aka ‘the hidden treasure’ comes this superb jar of Lemon-Sultana Marmalata with Caraway & Saffron. I could not wait to bring a jar from the shop home and give it a go. We are huge cauliflower fans in the Watson Sive household, having it in some form almost every week. Last night I cut 2 large ‘steaks’ out of the center of the head of cauliflower, keeping the core intact so the florets remained together. I then added a heaping dollop of the goodness from the jar to the top of the cauliflower steak and spread it around a bit. Then added a healthy drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and put it into a hot 400 degree oven. The mixture caramelized a bit right along with the veg, creating one seriously tasty addition nestled up to a piece of sole atop a mound of jasmine rice. The mixture would also be quite lovely straight out of the jar with a piece of cheese. The caraway and saffron giving this marmalata serious depth of flavor to whatever you end up serving it with.



Groupings of Four

There is this app I started using long ago, called Pic Stitch. It allows you to group photos together and make a collage of them. There are tons of variations, but the one I like to use most is the 4 image option. It allows each photo to stand out equally, while giving enough room for each object to shine. It is the option I use most often for product from the shops. Below are some I have put together the last few months. It is a bit of a re-cap of some of the new along with the tried & true. Thought it would be a good final look at Watson Kennedy things, should anything catch your eye for Holiday gifts this season, as our guaranteed shipping by December 24th ends this Friday. We can still expedite ship (such as overnight, or 2 day) after that, but it is a more expensive option. As always, you can give us a call too, toll-free at 1.800.991.9361 if the idea of speaking to a lovely human being with manners appeals to you. Oh my word, don’t even get me started. We have actually received catalogs this season at home where there is no telephone number anywhere to be found, while touting how important customer service is on their pages. I do not understand that. Yes, I know clicking away is easy, but speaking to a person just makes the whole transaction seem more civilized to me. That might be old-fashioned and a thing of the past, but it will always be a valued option in my book and at Watson Kennedy. Anywho, I digress. I hope you like the groupings and I hope you are having the BEST Holiday season! Much love from Seattle, Ted



A Table for Take-Out

To me a supper of take-out deserves equal respect to a home cooked meal when it comes to setting the table. During these busy times, ordering out can be a lifesaver. Case in point, last eve, we had a hankering for barbecue. Our table for two using the English Wedgwood plates from Mister Sive’s Hamilton College days got things rolling, as well as the new Libeco Belgian linen dish towels we stock at WK that I like to roll up and use as napkins. We were off and running! A few pomanders I like to make in honor of the season, paperwhites in a pot as well as being forced in a glass compote, a happy potted fern, lilies in full bloom, the myrtle topiary in an old silver trophy–and a cozy table was set, ready to honor the meal.



Ted’s Tip No. 127

If you are out shopping this Holiday season, enjoy it. Revel in the sights, the sounds. Stop and have a coffee, a fun lunch or glass of wine along the way. Make it a joyous process. 



A Kind Henry James Sunday Thought 



My Favorite Things Today

The steady hum of all that is the Holidays at the shops–the crinkle of tissue paper lining gift boxes, the tape gun closing up orders, the buzz of the delivery people scanning parcels–all happy sounds of the season for a shopkeeper. I chose a bunch of favorites from the year for the list today. Gifts to give, gifts to keep, as I like to say. Some on our website, some not. All available to you if something catches your fancy by giving us a call or sending me an e-mail. A very lovely December Saturday to you all in your part of the world!



The Paperwhite Dance

It is a foggy Seattle morning outside, but the kitchen inside is feeling pretty sunny with the paperwhites doing their dance. I look forward to these blooms/moment all year which fill me with such glee. Happy Flower Friday everyone!



Two Thursday Thoughts 

These both struck me, for different reasons and in some way similar reasons. Hope you enjoy and that they make you ponder a bit. They certainly did me. 



Rigaud Candles, Happily Once Again at WK

We are pleased to announce that we will once again be stocking the renowned French candles, Rigaud, at Watson Kennedy. When we first opened our doors in 1998 in the Market, we carried the line, but then the importer went away and we could no longer get the candles. Fast forward to today and they are once again on my radar, with our new shipment arriving yesterday. These are a true ‘Classic’ with a cap C. 

A little history from a little web searching: Riguad was the first luxury candle ever created. Rigaud candles began in the 1850’s when the Rigaud family started a perfumery. They gathered rare plant essences from around the world to create unique, exquisite perfumes. In the 1960’s, Madame Rigaud had the Cypres candle created for her to burn in her fashion boutique on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France. Customers raved over the fragrance and the Riguad candle line was born.

President Charles de Gaulle gave the Rigaud Cypres candle to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. She loved the candle so much she had the line brought over to the states and the rooms of the White House were filled with Rigaud candles while the Kennedy’s were in office.