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Monday, September 30, 2013

Mop Philosophy Monday

 Slender green beans are so elegant, don't you think?  A simple steam, some butter and maybe a scattering of toasted almonds and you've got a delicious side dish.
I'm working on stretching our food dollars these days, isn't everything so expensive?  A bargain in vegetables just now: the humble zucchini.
 I'm planning to whip up Mollie Katzen's Carrot-Zucchini Pancakes later today.  They would be a beautiful side dish, true, but also brilliant as an after-school snack.

Have some odds and ends of fruit lying around?
 Me too.  It doesn't hurt to simmer down a chutney or a fruit sauce.  How about peach and plum with a little brandy thrown in?

Polishing copper never fails to cheer me up.
 As far as the decorating goes, I'm done for now, I feel I've hit the wall as it were.  The blue and white pillows do add a fresh touch.  Especially in contrast to a textured apricot throw pillow.
 I was planning to search high and low for the perfect coffee table, but no.  Instead I threw this old wooden tray on an ottoman I already had.
 I think it's fine!

And the big news of the day.... GetFresh's Birthday!!
Happy Birthday to our GetFresh!  It falls on a Mop Philosophy Monday and that can only mean one thing: a great year ahead!
Enjoy your day Darlings,
xoxDani

46 comments:

  1. Love those fabrics Dani! Is that blue and white a john robshaw? if it isn't still amazing. I love all the different textures and patterns in your rooms. I don't have anything copper because I am terrible at buffing stuff like that so mine would just be green...

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    1. CSW That's why I stick to just one copper saucepan too, silver polishing enough.

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    2. Hurrah, two more slovenlies in the house!

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    3. Hip Hip hurray for us and Happy birthday Get Fresh - for your birthday upgrade cleaning wise that is to enamel ( black bits is character...) ;)

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    4. Hi Naomi, I bought that fabric at the Designer Fabric Outlet in Toronto. They don't list designer names just country of origin, I think that fabric was from England. It was a bargain and I do love the freshness of it!

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  2. MPM Well Dani, Mop Monday does make the week a whole lot better, and aside from Brora and Paris, my hands-down fave posts from you, so I am extremely honoured and chuffed. I'd also like to be slender and elegant like a string bean, but not sure that wish will come true...waiting and hoping. Meantime I will settle for some courgette zucchini (adore both words) Nigelissima pasta this week...

    I think your table solution is perfect!

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    1. Thanks GF and I hope you had the happiest birthday!

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  3. Oh such gorgeous pics, I love all of them. But we are so different, polishing anything irks me no end, as much as I love copper pots, I now know they will never be for me, I like everything simple and easy to maintain, otherwise it's out of the house! What I need is a stunt set!

    And all of the household pets? That's amazing, I would love to have seen that.

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    1. Tabs stay away from the copper then, I polish mine ALL THE TIME. It darkens so quickly!
      A stunt set! :)

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  4. Wishing our Dorothy P, the witty Get Fresh, the best birthday ever!

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    1. Best birthday compliment and big expectations to live up to - ta B&P!

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  5. The ottoman as table is always a good idea because if needed you can sit on it! Your beans and zucchini and fruit all look lovely. Let us know how the pancakes turn out!

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    1. Dannie, perfect, love those Mollie Katzen recipes!

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  6. Wishing get fresh a very Happy Birthday. I love green beans as I think they are so easy to accommodate: pine nuts, almonds, bacon, cheese, eggs, cherry tomatoes... You can have them warm or cold in salads...
    Jamie Oliver has a fantastic recipe of zucchini carbonara and it is really delicious!
    I have many recipes too with apples, tarte, cakes, whatever you want but ALWAYS with cinnamon :-)

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    1. You had me with the carmelized apples Steph, but JO's zucchini carbonara is indeed excellent, and simple, too.

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    2. I haven't tried that JO recipe, though if it has bacon that could be why!

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  7. Sounds delicious. I like a little vanilla with almonds and green beans. A tip for zucchini (if you don't already do this) -- grate and lightly salt and set to drain in a colander first. Then the typically juicy moist zucchini won't make the batter too wet. Have a lovely Monday!

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    1. That is the best trick for pancakes and fritters, zucchini as well as eggplant, thanks for reminder LTee!

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    2. LTee I did that and it worked a charm! Thanks!

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  8. My comment went somewhere . . .

    I had green beans yesterday. Lightly tossed in olive oil and sea salt, then roasted. Delicious.

    You have saved me some money, Dani. DH will be so pleased! I'm stealing your coffee table idea. I've looked for a suitable coffee table long enough. Time to repurpose a few things I already own.

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    1. DF I think coffee tables are over-rated. Our living room is very small and an ottoman is kinder to the knees when bumped into!

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  9. Am with you on the veggies, copper pot and fabrics and most of all, our GetFresh! Love all of these things! I am off to make home made French fries, salad and frenched lamb chops for dinner! I should have made something apple-y, but I ran out of time!

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    1. Feelin' the love - and the excellent company!

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    2. Oh and Mike wants to come to your house for dinner - lamb and crispy potatoes, Welsh religion.

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    3. Wenders yup count me in for that dinner too.

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  10. Mm, delicious! And the fabrics are divine Dani. Happiest of birthdays to you GetFresh!

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    1. Thanks so much ShopwithM, it has been a lovely day thanks to friends and family!

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    2. Thanks M, I need to get caught up with you!

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  11. I am knee deep into nesting. Love pine nuts with my green beans but they are ridiculously expensive now.

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    1. BB buying pine nuts is like buying gold!

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  12. Yummy fruit mixture. I think you've found the perfect ottoman, to go with those perfect cushions.

    GF-- no polishing any silver today, please.

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    1. My hands are off and rubber gloves hidden Lane.

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    2. Lane good advice for our hard working GF!

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  13. Yum to green beans and courgettes!
    Groceries are ridiculously expensive in Australia. You practically need a mortgage to buy the weekly fruit and veg!
    Happy Birthday Ms GF!
    I love your cushions and tray on ottoman. The copper is lovely, but I don't have the cleaning or polishing gene (in fact I don't think I have the domesticity gene AT ALL), so the copper would soon lose its shine in our house....

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    1. Ruth I'm not sure how you manage the food budget down in AUS, why is everything so costly? Isn't housing also outrageous?

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  14. I concur with Ruth. I paid $6.50 for a knob of ginger last week. I hadn't noticed the price individually before as I usually buy a bunch of things in the fruit and veg order... but I nearly had a heart attack!
    Those zucchinis and beans are bursting with freshness. Love the fabric, and the copper polishing. I find cleaning the silver deeply satisfying myself... xx

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    1. $6.50 for a piece of ginger is crazy! I don't think I have ever paid more than $1!

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    2. Heidi I've heard food in AUS is $$ but that's ridic.
      Another polisher amongst us!

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  15. I'm back Dani and we loved it. Didn't get copper pans as my set is fine and I couldn't see myself polishing them. I purchased the copper wine bucket and we used it last night. IThank you so much for all of your posts as I put them down and we visited the museums, restaurants and my favourite Luxembourg Gardens.
    Our hotel was Hotel de L'Abbaye and it was perfect. The service was over the top. As far as French women. I kept reading that they would be knockouts but I don't know what the fuss is about. Maybe I'm missing something .
    The Loire Valley is lovely. We cycled from vineyards through small towns and stayed in Chateaus at night.So much fun .Sometimes I had to pinch myself with the beauty as we went up and down the paths.


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    1. Marsha I'm so happy you're back safe and sound and YAY you had a wonderful time!!
      Well you bought the best item, the copper wine buckets are so FRANCE. Luxembourg also my favourite. You'll have to describe those meh outfits you saw in Paris! So happy our hotel was a good one. And the Loire Valley... we haven't done that trip and it just went higher on the list!

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    2. Oh I meant YOUR hotel, I haven't been to that one but I'm making note of it!

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  16. Happy Birthday to Get Fresh!

    The zucchini/carrot pancakes sound really good. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Gigi they are delish. Can't go wrong with Mollie Katzen!

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  17. I love green beans but I cannot get my kids to eat them! They will eat broccoli though.

    Happy Birthday GF!

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    1. Louise give them some melted butter to dip the beans into, decadent but it works!

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  18. Groceries are really expensive these days, what the heck!? zucchini is such a reliable veggie, Mom and I made salsa a few weeks ago (her recipe has shredded zucchini in it and it's delish) and I also like quickly sauteeing zucchini strips in some olive oil and seasoning (usually Italian seasoning or even just s&p) for a side dish at dinner. Super easy!

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