Thursday, March 19, 2009

Simply Spring!

We had friends in for dinner last weekend. I wanted the table to look simple and fresh - pretending that it didn't snow over the weekend and that spring was in the air!

Pink tulips go well with my Lavender Rose china pattern. On top of the china plates I set clear glass plates for the salad course. The photos don't show the soup bowls that were still in the kitchen. They are also in the Lavender Rose pattern.

A cast iron urn with a trailing green plant and two perky cast iron birds complete the center of the table. I used a white cloth and pale green napkins. Astute observers will notice that the tablecloth in the above picture is different than the one in the others - and that would be because the pictures I took with the white cloth were a little blurry, so I redid this one the next day. I think these birds are too cute to miss. Check out the recipe below and then go to Susan's weekly Tablescape post for links to more wonderful ideas!

And while I did not serve this salad that night, it's one of my favourite spring salads, and with spinach and strawberries soon available, here's the recipe!
Strawberry-Spinach Salad

Spinach leaves, washed, trimmed and sliced or torn
Fresh strawberries, washed and tops removed. Halve the berries.
Goat cheese (Chevre)
Freshly snipped chives

Amounts depend on how many people you want to serve. I make individual plates these days, placing first the spinach, then the berries, then crumble a little goat cheese on top. Sprinkle with chives after drizzling a little of the following dressing on top.

Raspberry-Poppy Seed Dressing

2 T raspberry vinegar (or use cider or champagne vinegar)
1 T sugar (if desired, I leave out)
1 tsp poppy seed
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup vegetable oil or olive oil

Whisk all together then drizzle over salad.You can also add toasted almonds or pecans to this salad. The combination of the creamy goat cheese, sweet strawberries and crunchy spinach is one of life's little pleasures. Enjoy!
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  1. What a lovely table and thank you for the recipe. It just looks like the best of spring. I will try it soon.

    Have a Thankful Thursday
    from the Raggedy Roberta Anne

  2. What a pretty table, your plates are beautiful with the Tulips and the adorable little birds, your spinach and strawberry salad sounds and looks delicious. Happy Thusday, Kathy.

  3. Yum, thanks for the dressing recipe.
    Pretty Tulips, and cute birds.

    Have a sunny day!

  4. Lorrie,
    This is my first Tablescape I posted late but I made it. Your table is lovely, clever how you used various geometric elements in your design. I am also in snow country so appreciate the pop of pink the tulips provide.

  5. Very nice, fresh for spring!
    Great minds think alike or simular!
    Linda Q

  6. Lovely spring setting! The salad looks amazing...can't wait for fresh, sweet strawberries!
    Happy Spring!

  7. Looks like Spring to me. Your little birdies are so sweet! Thanks for stopping by~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  8. I will try this recipe!

  9. very pretty table...and the salad looks yummy!

  10. I love the tulips and the birds! The salad is one of my favorites!


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