As I said in my last post, going green in Aspen is a totally different challenge. Here I have no garden to raid, no streets of New York with its endless green grocers and flower stands to select from, and certainly no wholesale flower market. So all my “floral” and table decoration is primarily from the two local grocery stores. At certain times of the summer the Saturday street market has some things but since my dahlia farmer retired, it is hit or miss. Limited to be sure – but one works with what one has. I use a lot of green ferns to decorate but sometimes it is hard to find those. So invention is sometimes necessary.
A desparate rush to the grocery and I fill two pewter bowls with the ubiquitous Granny Smith apples and a centerpiece of broccoli, kale and parsley was all I could come up with. There are a couple of nice florists in Aspen but I just never think to use them – I am the ultimate do it your self gal, and we all have our habits.
I like mixing all the different hues of green: blue green, yellow green, chartreuse, emerald and pine and so on. Above you have a close up of my green bouquet.
Instead of risotto I prepared spinach fettuccine with a basil cream sauce – which I meant to add peas to but forgot them!
As I had just taught myself to make the chocolate rose leaves for decoration I decided to use the same dessert as I did for the luncheon back at Weatherstone. So I made small ramekins of mint chip ice cream (not homemade) decorated with the chocolate leaves and served mint chip brownies that my mother and I have made for years. Sorry no pictures, I forgot!
As another alternative for a green table I took out the rectangular table and did two round tables and decorated with grocery store fruit and a mix of greens and a few pinecones from the forest around the house.
I have a pair of these super sized antler candelabra I bought yeas ago for the hunting lodge look of this house. Everything in Aspen is more rustic, thus the stag flatware, instead of silver, the pewter bordered rustic plates, and Morano glasses rather than crystal. One could also use the simple ring of fruit and pine as a Christmas decoration.
A close up of the table.
I shall be trotting off to France next week to work and will fill you in on that trip upon my return. Happy Labor Day – cr