Sunday, August 17, 2014

sunday supper Parisian style


I have just cooked this up to serve  with dinner tonight. 
As a follow-up to Friday's post, I really wanted to try this  recipe 
which simply features watercress, potatoes and milk.
A few little tastes of it reveal a silky and surprisingly refreshing flavor!
And, it took only about 20 minutes in all to prepare
(including peeling and boiling potatoes). 
I can't wait to serve it to my family tonight with
salad and some crunchy, toasted french bread.. 

Potage Cressonniere  (Watercress Soup)  6 – 8 Servings 
1 lb potatoes  (I used red potatoes)
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ pints milk
(3 cups, heated)
one bunch of watercress
1 oz butter
(2 teaspoons)
Peel the potatoes, quarter them and boil them in salted water until tender.
 Drain, crush them with a potato-masher, and when free from all lumps add the boiling milk and salt.
 While the potatoes are soaking, wash and pick the leaves off the watercress and chop roughly.
Add to the soup and cook for 5-6 minutes.
Take off the fire and add the butter.

Pour into a hot tureen and serve.
  
"This recipe has been chosen by me as a favorite recipe for the simple, logical reason that I had it for the first time on my first trip to the most beautiful city in the world, Paris. It was a happy time, as it always is in Paris, so I pass this on hoping that a flavor of the city of the chestnut trees will be felt by all who have Potage Cressonniere." -- Lauren Bacall

au revoir! Fabiana

Friday, August 15, 2014

Lauren Bacall, Paris & a favorite recipe

I came across this recipe and  sentiment this week by 
Lauren Bacall for a lovely watercress and potato soup
and wanted to share it as a little part of the amazing 
woman that she was behind the glamour.  
from the Dinah Shore Celebrity Cookbook (1966)

Lauren Bacall and husband Humphrey Bogart enjoy cocktails in Paris on March 23, 1951
  She writes…
"This recipe has been chosen by me as a favorite recipe for the simple, logical reason that I had it for the first time on my first trip to the most beautiful city in the world, Paris. It was a happy time, as it always is in Paris, so I pass this on hoping that a flavor of the city of the chestnut trees will be felt by all who have Potage Cressonniere."

Potage Cressonniere  (Watercress Soup)  Servings 6 – 8
1 lb potatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ pints milk (heated)
one bunch of watercress
1 oz butter
Peel the potatoes, quarter them and boil them in salted water until tender.
 Drain, crush them with a potato-masher, and when free from all lumps add the boiling milk and salt.
 While the potatoes are soaking, wash and pick the leaves off the watercress and chop roughly.
Add to the soup and cook for 5-6 minutes.
Take off the fire and add the butter.
Pour into a hot tureen and serve.

I will be making this tonight.
Maybe with a little champagne to toast Ms. Bacall!

ciao! Fabiana

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

the Newport showroom of Barclay Butera

Blue and white is always a classic,
and I love how Barclay Butera Interiors also 
has thrown Orange into the mix!
 The BBI Newport Beach showroom is 
always full of inspiration and lovely finds!
Coastal elements are naturally great 
accents for our local beach inspired decor.
It's so fun how these vignettes are mixed and matched!
I especially love these huge hurricane 
candle holders trimmed with brass.
Wouldn't they look amazing on any table?
So versatile!   
A bar set-up always is in fashion,
especially with a great art piece as a backdrop.
And don't forget, fresh fruit
 and flowers add an organic and feminine touch

What are some of your favorite finds this week?

ciao! Fabiana

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

vase collection display

  Today's inspiration was spotted at Roger's Gardens.
A pretty collection of milky white and Tiffany blue vases,
with a few select tulips displayed.



So pretty for a dining room!

ciao! Fabiana

favorite home coffee stations


Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a place 
devoted solely to your morning cup of coffee?  
One of my favorite set-ups is this coffee cart created 
by Victoria of the SF Girl by Bay blog.  
I love that she used a four tiered cart, and that 
there's plenty of storage for all her java needs.
Pretty flowers and artwork make it perfect!
I use the same Bialetti  Moka Express every morning,
& isn't that the cutest sugar bowl?
 This slim coffee cabinet even comes with a 
pot filler to make coffee an effortless affair!
a variety of pretty cups,
ready to be filled,
 is a must on the counter!
my sweet savannah's simple coffee set-up is to die for!  
 The queen of all good things, Martha,
hasn't left a single thing out in her
do you want to try a great recipe for java on the rocks?

How do you start your day?

ciao! Fabiana


for more great coffee inspiration, 
check out coffee & tea on pinterest!
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