Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A CASUAL NORTH ISLAND EVENING

We have so many great friends on our little island- it's such a casual atmosphere here. Everyone is easy going, and we all seem to go with the flow. 

Our pals Hope and Mike who live at the north end of the island at Fort Flagler asked us over for early sips and snacks. 

Hope is a chef/caterer of high caliber and is intrinsically attached to the earth when it comes to forest and forage. Her intimate knowledge of food really blows my mind. She turns even the simplest of foods into something elegant and truly memorable.

Since she does catering, her house is full of treasures of all kinds- elegant glasses, silver service...you name it, she's got it. On top of that, she's got lots of found treasures. I spent a few minutes poking around with my iPhone happily snapping away- with champagne glass in hand.

Then we sat on their lovely covered porch with spectacular views of Admiralty Inlet and the ships and mountains- all tucked under a bright blue sky mottled with puffy white clouds- a perfect end to a perfect Sunday.


my small contribution to the evening
chocolate & pistachio covered apricots

spiced Marcona almonds

I was lucky enough to be able to bring some pots with Black Mondo grass, Anenomes and some chocolate mint. And I delivered one of my favorite reads for Hope- A Year in the Village of Eternity...A great book that puts you in the mood to eat Italian (and perhaps live Italian), and gives you an understanding of how Italians living in a small village grow & preserve their own food. It's a book I think I will read more than once.




bubbly
Hope has a way of making bottled water look chic

Hope's tin filled with her tasty homemade Tuile cookies
the ever so tasty {with a kick} salami
and her perfectly perfect baba ganoush

And if the food and company wasn't delightful enough---check this out- a smattering of shots I took throughout the house of all of her treasures and necessities for her catering...I was in heaven.






All that service ware nearly killed me with its beauty...and then there was this bit of utilitarian beauty...






 And you know I have a thing for what I call 'fancy' glasses...these are just too cool




then onto other treasures I spied and couldn't resist snapping...



stone treasures and sometimes chopstick rests


collection of vintage postcards
folding chair back




island deer noshing on newly planted pansies

and THAT my friends was our lovely evening with Mike and Hope- our island pals...Hope you enjoyed...

Sunday, April 22, 2012

DINNER WITH FRIENDS

 
A few days ago we had our good friends Ben and Mary over for dinner- it had been quite some time, and we really needed to catch up. We've been dealing with our lovely elderly dog, and decided it was best not to try to go out for dinner, so we invited them to our place.

It's been a while since I've had the chance to 'really' cook a meal...here's the result of our tasty little mini-feast.

first- find the flowers for the table
cut and put in place

and our guests arrive





 
Spiced Chickpeas as an early crunchy treat...so tasty

---and onto dinner---

lovely mini Caresse bites


Asparagus and goat cheese puffs- delish.



prepping, carrots, shallots, thyme in white wine

Halibut a la Barigoule
and the finishing touch- apricots with chocolate and pistachios- num!
What a pleasant evening it was!