We were excited to head to the island yesterday for a little WestWard time. No guests this week-end, so a simple chèvre stuffed chicken breast, baked potato and a little Romanesco was on the menu. It has become a favorite veg–one for the taste but I also think they look cool, slightly other-worldly. And they are green! The grocery store had quite small versions, so I bought 2. Slathered them with extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper and roasted them whole in the oven while the chicken and potatoes cooked away. I put them on a sheet pan and began to roast them whole in a 400 degree oven. Towards the end of the cooking process they were not looking as cooked/golden as I wanted, so I split them in half, putting the core side down on the baking sheet, where I let them cook away for another 15 minutes. Just the right amount of time to give them that golden hue I was going for.
We arrived to Seattle late, late Monday eve, the memory of all that glorious snow staying with us this week. Thought I would share some of those captures as well as quiet moments when I snapped away in the house as the snow fell outside.
For a relaxing or for a romantic eve, try lighting a variety of candles. Votives, tapers, tealights, as well as a scented candle in a container. Either have all the lamps off or on the lowest setting. You will instantly find your heart rate dropping a few beats as the mood you have set is incredibly inviting as well as relaxing. Turn on jazz or classical music. Enjoy a meal or just enjoy the beauty you have created.
Bags of fruit, such as oranges or apples, can often be quite a deal for the quantity received. Create a still life on a platter in your living room or entry hall, encouraging guests to help themselves as they depart your dinner or party. A sweet & thoughtful, and healthy, good-bye.
Let me count the ways at Watson Kennedy. Both shops brimming with sweet treats to give to your sweetie, your friends, your co-workers. Valentine Day’s is such a lovely day of to show LOVE. Be it a card, a gift, a kiss or a hug. We have you covered for a few of those! Plus we will be wrapping away from the start to the finish of the day.
This Flower Friday brought to you from the John Derian booth at the show earlier this week. Truly, dreamy, right? Walking the aisles of the Javitz Center for a few days looking for shop goods is wonderful and challenging all at the same time. One must look at a bunch of ‘not great’ (ok, sometimes really awful) to find the gems, so when I stumbled into John’s booth to write my order, my heart skipped an extra beat when I spotted these roses in a display. A respite of floral beauty. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did/do.
Setting a table often, while also adding a bit of variety to mix things up is always high on my list. For this table out came a few treats that were gifts from friends as well as a some natural elements to add a freshness to the table. Vintage green glasses from CoCo and bark encrusted napkin rings from Peg & Camilla add a personal element. The bamboo handled silverware and hand woven water hyacinth placemats lend an earthy touch. Then we were all set for guests to arrive!
The first day of the show was a visual feast. Choices, choices, choices. I am like a kid in a candy store. A very large candy store, The Javitz Center. I remembered to pull out the trusty camera phone a few times so here is a look, from candles to cutting boards, at some of what is coming our way.
Mister Sive has the post today. He has been cooking up a storm this past week and I am loving every minute of it and loving every bite. Thanks Olivia for this tasty dish idea–soooooo good! We are up & out early headed to the city where I will be buying at the show for a few days. A fun/visual/busy time awaits!
All cooks have a few quick sure things, those dishes that we turn to that are both simple and comforting. The following comes via our fabulous Miss Olivia, a long time Watson Kennedy family member, who is full of stories of her large Italian family, and from whom we learned this delicious, super easy meal.
We’ve been wanting to try this for a while, and this quiet, wintry week at Hawthorne was the perfect time. Olivia suggested oregano, but the thyme at the market was looking particularly luscious, so I used that and quite enjoyed the result. This dish is all about prepping first for quick cooking and assembly! Of course, vary the following proportions to your own taste.
1 pound linguine
1 15 oz. can of sardines in tomato sauce; put all the liquid and fish into a bowl, and gently break up the fish
3 tablespoons good tasty olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, sliced whole and very thin
5 healthy sprigs of thyme, a tablespoon or more after peeling the leaves from the stems and chopping lightly
½ cup of grated parmesan
Put a pot of water on to boil. About 2 minutes before the pasta is fully cooked, heat the olive oil in a sauté pan. Cook the garlic—this will happen fast—and take the garlic out of the oil. Place the thyme in the oil, and turn off the heat. The thyme will lightly cook and infuse the already garlic infused oil. By now you’ve probably drained the pasta; toss that first with the oil, garlic and thyme; then with the sardines and tomato sauce; finish with the grated cheese. Serve in pasta bowls with a fresh twist of salt and pepper. Enjoy!