As I continuously say, inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere. For me, just walking past a simple green grocer and seeing an odd green flower I do not know ( I suspect it comes from some exotic climate), coupled with chartreuse Spider Mums is grist for the imagination. My mind immediately thinks in terms of green everything : green dishes I own but have not used in a while, other green decorative elements, even all green food for a lunch. I know it is a bit nutty but it is how my mind works. A few packages of flowers and I am off to the proverbial races!
The fuzzy moss looking flower is Dianthus barbatus “Temarisou” (oh the wonders of the internet) mixed with Spider Mums. Neither of which I grow but decided to play green with.
While shopping at the grocery store I added mangos, green apples, and lemon leaves to augment my green vision. I raided my basement, foraging for a ticking stripe table cloth I had made for some party at some point, mixed my green tableware from Provence, and added a favorite set of leaf plates (late 19th c. that I bought years ago and which you have likely seen in my books and other posts), some napkins I bought years ago in either England or France – can’t remember, and anything green I could find.
The glasses are actually small green votive holders – make do with what you have at hand. You know that old but true expression “necessity is the mother of invention.”
In my green enthusiasm I invited three tables worth of guests. This is another version using all the same elements.
Elements close up : a basket of mangos bordered in lemon leaves – I attach the lemon leaves to the bowl with floral clay.
Green Granny Smith apples are constants in my quick and easy table decoration cupboard.
I have always loved mixing various fruits with flowers informed by my love of Dutch flower paintings of the 17th and 18th c.
I ran out of flowers for the third table, so added artichokes and wheat grass to the bowls of fruit.
I throw everything together – I found the little glazed green flower pots and plopped the artichokes inside. I actually bought a flat of wheat grass, I suppose with a passing thought of consuming something healthy – changed my mind, cut it and added to the pots as well.
As the lunch grew I decided to do a buffet.
Another green mix of flowers viburnum and Spider Mums.
Now on to the green food – I promise no lime green Jell-O with green grapes or Del Monte canned fruit salad – in Missouri they served it with a dollop of Miracle Whip on top – does anyone remember that stuff? My God I just checked on line and it is everywhere!!!! Don’t mean to offend anyone but I don’t think I loved it, even as a kid.
Canapés: miniature bruschetta with a pesto spread with tomato and basil on small leaf plates.
A chilled green soup garnished with a sour cream and chives – we have many recipes for green soups – pea, asparagus, zucchini, water cress, mixed herbs, pesto based soup, a green herb infused vichyssoises.
A risotto with peas and asparagus.
A favorite when I can find them in the market – mini true artichokes in a vinaigrette. Who needs the wheat grass for healthy?
Of course a green salad – from the garden.
And finally….no green Jell-O, but mint chip ice cream with homemade dark chocolate leaves.
So my green food lunch inspired by a fuzzy green flower spotted on the street – and the next post will be how I took green to Aspen….green to be continued, or are we sick of green? I wonder what we could do for blue food?! – cr