I love the flavors, colors and textures of Provence, so my turn to host our gourmet group provides a perfect opportunity to put them in play. All are understated, always appealing in their simplicity.
The cloth is smaller than the table, but no matter. It is laid on the diagonal and the long sides folded a couple of times to keep them from hanging so low. Manipulating fabric is something I can’t help doing!
I can’t resist using these textured pink tinted stems for water. They are special favorites that once belonged to a very good friend’s grandmother. I think of my friend with affection and gratitude every time these glasses are put to use.
As I look at the table, I notice how the colors are an unintentional complement to the painting in the dining room. While that certainly wasn’t a consideration, I like it when those kind of happy accidents occur.
The menu is one featuring the simple flavors of Provence, and later this week I will share the recipe for the main course, Short Ribs Provencal. I think it does the young man from whom I learned some of the tricks of Provencal cooking proud.
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