Have you ever put something away and not been able to find it? I do that from time to time, and the hunt makes me crazy!
For two years I looked high and low for these candelabra that fit so nicely into a bottle and are terrific on any table. Finally, they’ve been found hiding in a basket under some books. How did they get there!!
Ironing a tablecloth from Provence, I noticed a border of sunflowers which are the last flower to bloom in Maine. Right away a tablescape that would combine the found candelabra, sunflowers and the cloth began taking form in my mind. What I liked was the notion that the table would have sunny summer colors and at the same time be a lead in to fall.
From there it was easy to make the table happen. Yellow plates, yes.
It was was a no brainer to accessorize with the cranberry tones of the tablecloth. I’m crazy about the square shape of the cup and saucer….so contemporary looking but from a set of dishes popular in the 1940’s. Some things just don’t go out of style.
These little guys, cigalles they are called in Provence, are supposed to keep a table cloth from blowing off the table, but here they are used as napkin rings. They are fun finds from a street market in Gordes.
In a matter of minutes, the table is set, and I’m off to the kitchen to prepare gazpacho with which to fill those cups.
Tomatoes are at their best right now, and gazpacho is one of my favorite ways to use them. I throw all the vegetables in the blender with Clamato juice (1-2 cups) and blend until they are smooth. Here I used a mixed selection of tomatoes (4-6 depending on size) and a zucchini in place of the more traditional cucumber. You can be creative with your vegetable choices. When the ingredients are well blended, add a teaspoon each of red wine vinegar and sugar and salt and pepper to taste. If you like a bit of spice, add a touch of Tabasco or red pepper.
I like to top the soup with diced veggies and a dollop of sour cream and when I have it I throw in some chopped lobster. Hmm, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
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