Thursday, November 19, 2009

Stripes and Nasturtiums Foiled By Monsoon - Foodie Friday

It's sunny and bright blue sky again today and 70F, just right for a break from all the Fall tables and back at summer here in California!  Join the fun over at Designs By Gollum for Foodie Friday.

Vintage tablecloth with Post 86 Fiesta in Chartreuse, Shamrock and Sunflower. Vintage pieces include the green and yellow butter dish (fill with ice water to keep your butter fresh!), the green milk pitcher, and the green glassware.  There are also a few pieces of vintage Homer Laughlin, the individual light green casserole, small green bowl and a specialty salad bowl with shamrocks and roses.

The original plan was to fill that pretty salad bowl with a salad of fresh butter lettuce, nasturtiums, and some Mandarin orange wedges. My nasturtiums were pretty much wiped out by a monsoon a month ago and they have given up the ghost for the season.  These are the pitiful hangers on, certainly not enough for a salad.

So the new plan is fresh butter lettuce with grapefruit and Mandarin wedges from the garden, a sprinkling of garlic chives and my all purpose lemon salad dressing.  I don't have a recipe for this dressing, but the general proportions are:

2/3 C FRESH lemon juice (the lemons I have in the new garden are much more tart than the ones I've grown before, so I now add a tablespoon of brown sugar or to taste)
1/3 C very good quality Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar - buy the good stuff, it goes a long way!
Lotsa freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 clove very finely diced garlic (or mashed)

Taste this and adjust to your own family's preference.  It's the fresh lemon juice that really brightens up any salad ingredients you might choose.  It's a very tangy and crisp dressing!


  1. Candy-Love that shamrock bowl! I know there are plenty of edible floweres, but I have never really eaten any. I'm sure the narsturtiums make a beautiful salad and your dressing sounds delicious--love balsamic vinear in anything!

  2. Really a beautiful post! Sorry about your monsoon! Do you want some snow? ~♥

  3. Lovely setting and the salad is very pretty. We have had a lot of monsoon here in Alabama. 3 days w/out rain!

  4. Your table is beautiful. You have some really amazing pieces on your table!!! The salad sounds wonderful. Copied & pasted this recipe! Thanks -

  5. Your table is absolutely beautiful...........Copied and pasted your recipe, thanks for sharing.

  6. What a lovely post. Your table is just beautiful to look and and is very welcoming. Your salad is my kind of food. It really sounds delicious.

  7. What a GREAT!!! post. I love your BEAUTIFUL!!! table. Your salad sounds WONDERFUL!!!

  8. A gorgeous table. I have that same little folding it! My daughter is collecting is all so fun. My grandmother had a few pieces and it always reminds me of her :)


  9. Hi All!

    Salads are a good thing as we move toward the long holiday week of eating and more eating!! The citrus really is a welcome change and it is healthy eating which always takes away some of the guilt associated with all the comfort foods of the Thanksgiving season. :-)

  10. What a great post! Your salad sounds great with the edible flowers. Loved your pictures:)

  11. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Turkey Day!


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