I can’t resist beautiful textiles like this lovely old French linen tablecloth that I found at the Union Antique Show.

It was beautiful against the warm wood table surface, so rather than cover the entire table I folded the cloth on the diagonal leaving some of the wood exposed.  Who says you can’t make up your own rules for preparing a table!

The textures in the pears and the terra cotta pots seemed a perfect complement for the cloth.

No problem choosing the dishes, Britain Castles by Johnson Bros.,  that would fit the look. These I was lucky enough to find at a barn sale.  For glassware, the versatile red rimmed thumbprint stems are just right.

The final touch is my most used napkin fold.   Here’s how you do it.

Fold the napkin in half.

Fold accordion style leaving 1-2 inches at the end.

Fold in half and tuck the exposed end into the adjacent fold.  Fan the napkin, and voila, you have it!  This fold is as easy as using a napkin ring and adds a little something extra to the table.

Food is on the table, so let’s eat.  This night’s dinner is a new favorite, Basil-Peach Chicken Breasts, from Southern Living.  It not only tastes good, it’s easy to prepare.

Basil-Peach Chicken Breasts

4 skinned and boned chicken breasts

1 1/4 t. kosher salt

1/2 t. ground pepper

2 T. canola oil

1 thinly sliced shallot

1 t. grated ginger

2 minced garlic cloves

12 finely chopped basil leaves

1 c. chicken broth

4 large peaches, peeled and cut into 1/4″ slices (about 2 cups)

Season chicken with salt and pepper.  Cook in hot oil in a large ovenproof skillet* over medium high heat about 2 minutes/side or until lightly browned.  remove from skillet, reserving drippings.

Reduce heat to medium, add shallot and sauté until tender.  Add ginger and garlic, sauté 45-60 seconds.  Add basil, chicken broth and peaches.  Return chicken to skilled and turn to coat.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until chicken is done.

Garnish with fresh basil leaves.

Whether prepared for guests or a week night dinner, this recipe is a sure winner.  Enjoy!

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33 thoughts on “Textile Inspiration

    1. With your Sicilian cuisine all you need is a wine bottle and a dripping candle. Truth be known, I like preparing the table better than making the food.

  1. Beautiful table and what a wonderful find on your cloth! I love the pattern and fringe! I saw that recipe in SL among the peach recipes but haven’t gotten around to trying it! I’m glad to know it’s company worthy and a winner 🙂

  2. Hi Lulu, I love your table covering and those dishes!! I wish I had a set. I only have two plate. I do have the thumbprint glasses, though, and I love them. Thanks for the napkin tute and your meal looks delish!!

  3. Going to Fes Morocco tomorrow and will spend some time looking at their textiles and also cactus silk rugs and poofs – would love for you to be there with me. Sylvia

  4. The tablecloth is gorgeous, the color and the way it looks in your wooden table, one side fold in. The dishes are my fav and the food looks yummy! I love your centerpiece, perfect! Hugs,
    FABBY

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