Pretty alfresco dining and a courgette recipe!

Summer days, freshly picked veg, alfresco dining, gardening, hand printed cotton napkins and a pretty jar of flowers on the table…..

It is an exciting time of year for me in my allotment and garden. Gardening is just as important to me as my designing and making.  For me it inspires and feeds my creativity in the same ways.  I want things to look nice and this means a lot of hard work to make them look as good as I want them to – this does also lead to a certain amount of disappointment as inevitably I don’t find quite enough time to achieve these goals!

I love these summer days when I visit my allotment and come home with a handful of French beans for supper, I am even willing my courgettes on, although I know I will be regretting planting so many when later in the season when we have to eat courgettes every day to keep up with supply!

One of my favourite courgette recipes is to slice them thinly lengthways and layer them up in a gratin dish with sliced tomatoes, garlic and cheese.  Just bake it in a moderate oven for about 40 minutes and enjoy!

One of the crops I am really looking forward to is my baby sweetcorn, they are so delicious freshly picked off the plant and many don’t even make it home to the table!

We eat outside as much as possible, I love to have a jar of flowers on the table and my hand printed napkins make the table look special even on busy weekday evening. I decorate ordinary glass jars with lace and ribbons, they really do look joyful!

Take a look at my page on Pinterest (@myblueshed) ‘Flowers In Jars’ for inspiration, they look great for a party or even for a rustic country wedding…

I love to use real napkins – I don’t even mind washing and ironing them! They are useful and pretty to have on the table.  If you are looking for an unusual gift for a foodie friend, our napkins sets will fit the bill.  Four cotton drill napkins, hand screen printed with our beautiful fern, bumble bee or cheerful orange lobster.

Make the most of your summer and make time to enjoy the simple pleasures – food and good company, and a few pretty accessories for your table!


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