My mother-in-law was one of those people who always had a pot of coffee brewing for anyone who happened to stop in. She made everyone feel welcome, she was a good listener, she laughed easily and was never to busy to sit and visit. Many a day I dropped in, and we always sat in the same place in front of the window where from time to time we could swivel our chairs and look out to see what was happening.
Most of the years when we visited I was looking across the room toward a cabinet filled with pottery I came to love. Lucky for me no one else was particularly attached, so the set eventually became part of my collection of dishes.
I hadn’t thought about what a perfect match this tablecloth would be when recently it was purchased in Sintra, Portugal. Since it is a 60″ square, it was placed diagonally on a much larger table and the sides pleated to make a cross between a cloth and a runner. I love manipulating fabric of any kind on a table.
Keep in mind that for me everything doesn’t have to match so I brought out the pink bowls and goblets which had belonged to a very good friend’s grandmother. Just look at their texture which provides a nice contrast to the pottery’s smooth surface. I’m so glad to have things other people don’t want!
Now that the table is set, it’s to the kitchen to prepare dinner.
1 1/2-2 pounds of your favorite fish, filleted
1 onion, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 16 oz. can diced tomatoes
1/2 c. white wine
1 t. cumin
1/2 c. sliced green or black olives
Salt and pepper fish and bake (350) in lightly greased dish until flaky.
While fish is baking, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until tender. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for about 15 minutes.
To serve, place fish on a platter and top with sauce, cilantro and almonds. Accompany with roasted potatoes or vegetable, green salad and crusty bread for an easy to fix and very tasty meal that will serve 4 people.
Today I’m joining