Sunday, June 18, 2006

Table for 2

Last night we decided to eat pool side. During the day we went to the local nursery and bought some flowers to liven up the pool area, so it’s really starting to look like a place where you’d like to spend some time. Rick cooked a great meal of Roasted Monkfish. The monkfish was wrapped in a layer of proscuitto that had been spread with a mixture of sun-dried tomatoes, basil, olive oil and cured black olives. It’s then served on top of a bed of arugula dressed with a vinaigrette. We had an ear of corn on the side. [Ed.note: The recipe for the monkfish can be found in Jamie Oliver’s cookbook, Happy Days with the Naked Chef.]

My contribution to dinner was setting the table. A la Martha Stewart, I went searching in my yard for a small bouquet or centerpiece. I came up with two strands of varying heights of fern, a leaf from a hosta, and a single stalk of yellow foxglove. I could never do this in Colorado!! I’ve decided I need more cutting flowers in the beds. Anyway, here is our Table for 2.
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey
It was very pleasant, the temperature was absolutely perfect, and no bugs of any kind to spoil the mood. Sailor decided to get under the table and make us laugh by wearing the tablecloth like a nun’s wimple. He looks devilish, doesn’t he?
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey
And here is another photo of the pool area complete with our new flowers:
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

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