Hello! Our daughter, Alexandra will be here for a few days so I set a simple Spring table with taper candles and grocery store blooms. It’s certainly feeling like Spring in San Francisco! Here are the steps I used…
1. Vintage Bottles and Wedding Gift Candlesticks
The vintage bottles were purchased at flea markets and Etsy is also a good source. But you could use recycled bottles and jars. We have several crystal candlesticks that we received as wedding presents (36 years ago!). So, I mixed them and just used three to keep the formality down. Colonial candles are good as they are smokeless and dripless (when not in a draft) and unscented. It’s easy to elevate your table setting with taper candles and they come in lots of colors.
2. Tulips and Natural Fiber Placemats
One bunch of flowers does the trick! I like the simplicity of natural fiber placemats (from HomeGoods years ago). These are similar from Ballard.
3. White Plates, Linen Napkins, Antique Fish Cutlery
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The antique silver and bone fish cutlery were from a friend. So, I think of her whenever we use them.
Halibut With Meyer Lemon and Dill en Papillote
Two nights ago, Howard made this simple and healthy “Halibut With Meyer Lemon and Dill en Papillote.” (Fish baked in parchment paper). He just gave me these directions (he’s been making it for many years).
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Roll out sheets of parchment paper according to the number of halibut filets you will be cooking (about one per person). Put two lemon slices on the bottom of each filet and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Place a small pat of butter (or not if you want it really healthy), some dill sprigs, and two more slices of lemon. Wrap it up like a present and tuck the ends under (see below).
Cook for 15 to 20 minutes (Howard says you are basically steaming it). You can unwrap it for your guests or let them do it. Also, feel free to add different herbs, capers, thinly sliced garlic, etc…you can mix it up.
That’s my simple Spring table with taper candles and a healthy fish recipe.
I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day! My son asked me for a gift suggestion so I sent him to this post 🙂