I find lately when I am really busy, a lot of social engagements happen relatively last minute. This week I had the opportunity to have a last minute lunch guest, and I wanted to share a great menu that is perfect for this time of year and with a limited amount of prep time, as well as some accent table elements that are great to have on hand for a colorful daytime table scape.
1| parsnip soup with toasted almonds. one of my favorite soups of the season, super healthy and tasty, limited ingredients and quick to put together. I use almond milk in lieu of cream and throw in fresh thyme sprigs while it is simmering for added flavor.
2 | fresh arugula tossed with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and fresh pepper sprinkled with aged pecorino romano.
3 | red onion and olive tart
4 | hail merry’s raw chocolate almond tarts are to die for! I actually have them in my refrigerator at all times. They make an amazing dessert for a lunch or dinner guest when you are in a last minute bind and are loaded with super foods.
1 & 2 | these apilco lion head soup bowls are a staple in my home. I serve them on a white plate with soup bowl and salad together as pictured above.
3 | these placemats by modern-twist are also a staple in my house. They have a minimal aesthetic and are incredibly functional. With their food-grade silicon make-up they wash easily and always look great. This gold jardin pattern could be the backdrop for many tablescapes.
4 | everybody needs a hobnail pitcher. I particularly like the way this one is designed to add to a lunch or dinner table.
5 | a pop of color through a glass is always a nice detail. These glasses are really inexpensive and fun for color layering.
6 | a linen napkin with fun vibrant colors will always say welcome to your lunch guest. The colors in this linen napkin via Couleur Nature and designed by Parisian artist Bruno Lamy would do just the trick.
All you need to do is set and prep and you can simply focus on your lunch guest when they arrive.