Happy Saturday to you!
I’m a little jet lagged, having just recently returned from London. I’m excited to share some highlights of our trip once I’ve had a chance to download and compile all my photos. I actually went away with just my tiny Leica and the download cord, but no battery charger. So dumb. Don’t you just love packing?
Those of you that follow me on Instagram though have seen several of my holiday snaps there already. The old iPhone (and I do mean the old one) takes a pretty good shot in a pinch. OK so, wait…I’m off track already, bloody hell…the London post will be arriving shortly (it is coming from overseas after all!)
In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few photos from the Indian Dinner table I set at ‘Casa Paley’ shortly before we went away.
We were excited to be having very dear old friends over for dinner and inspired by the spate of beautiful late May weather in Santa Barbara (before “June Gloom” arrived, right on schedule as I’ve been informed, June 1st) I thought it would be fun to serve up a big old curry with all the fixings.
My Instagram shot of the cookbooks we used:
“Mangoes & Curry Leaves” (gorgeous book, somewhat complex recipes),”Tangy Tart Hot & Spicy” by Padma Lakshmi (easier recipes) and “Vij’s” from my favourite Indian restaurant in Vancouver-even though they don’t take reservations which drives me insane. Maybe because I’m mentioning his cookbook I might not have to wait outside the next time. Do you think??? Hey, It could happen. If you know him, please put in a good word for me :)
I’m afraid I don’t have any photos of the food but this is what we served:
Vij’s Family Chicken Curry (OMG-SO good. and I’m not just saying that because of the no reservations thing. Swear)
Prawns in Coconut Marsala
Sauteed Arugula & Spinach with Tofu (because we couldn’t find Paneer)
Ginger & Jalapeño Basmati rice
Green Beans with Toasted Coconut & Cashews
Shredded Carrot, Cranberries & Cilantro Salad (Gorgeous & delicious-so wish I’d taken a photo) from Padma’s book
Huge crispy Poppadoms, Naan bread and lashings of spicy chutneys
Different flavours of salts on the table are always a nice touch.
I found the porcelain and copper “burning match” votives “At The Table” in LA years ago.
I actually have a “Salt” post in the hopper as we speak. Keep an eye out for it. I know. Exciting, right?!
As usual, I like to really mix it up, so here we have a huge vintage Suzani used as the tablecloth (that’s how much I love/trust these friends :) ) little silver votives from Pottery Barn, Cristofle silverware, vintage ocean liner water goblets, black & white striped cotton napkins from “Paradise Lane” in Sri Lanka, and all the black & white dishes are from Target. The roses are “White Iceberg” and “Hot Cocoa” from my garden.
Here’s the recipe for the curried chicken:
Taken from “Vij’s” cookbook with love and respect… and patience.
What?? I’m not hinting at anything!
Christofle silver vase (a present for our 25th wedding anniversary last month)
For another Suzani inspired table setting check out this older post HERE -I just noticed that it was also done in May, in 2011. Goes to show how much Spring inspires us to bring the colour indoors (you might also recognise that suzani from my recent post about updating our conservatory) Vintage textiles are such a worthwhile investment, aren’t they?!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend
VERY HAPPY FATHER’S DAY WISHES TO ALL THE WONDERFUL DADS OUT THERE!!