Thursday, November 19, 2009

Maddy's Tablescape Thursday & Foodie Friday

Welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting me in my little corner of the world Down Under!

Today I would like to share some pictures of a table that Maddy set for Tablescape Thursday and a recipe for Foodie Friday. You see, my whole family seem to love visiting blogs just as much as I do and they offer suggestions, creative advice and and lots of input for my blog based on their observations. Maddy decided last week that she would like to do a tablescape for Susan's Tablescape Thursday  and to help me make a salad for Michael's Foodie Friday. She often looks at Susan's blog Between Naps on the Porch so she has seen lots of examples of amazing tables but I haven't yet to introduced her to Michael Lee's Blog Designs by Gollum as cooking doesn't interest her...yet!!! (she is only 12!).

So without any further ado, here are the photos that Maddy took of her Christmas inspired tablescape!

As you can see she used our Christmas placemats and coasters and she used our everyday Strachan silverware.

She also helped with dinner that night. The salad we served was our favorite Oriental Crunchy Noodle Salad.

All you need is:

a packet of crunchy noodles

1/2 a Chinese cabbage all chopped up, washed and dried

some grated carrot

and a dressing made of:

1/4 cup white vinegar, 1/4 white sugar, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tspn sesame oil and 1/2 cup olive oil.

Combine all of the dressing ingredients and zap in your microwave or gently simmer on the stove top until the sugar is dissolved. When it is cool, mix with the remaining ingredients, EXCEPT the noodles. The noodles have to be added just before serving so they don't go all mushy and soft!

I often throw in some toasted almond or pine nuts and it is sensational with spring onions or salad onions.

We served the salad on our spode plates with a yummy herb crusted salmon and chips:


What a delightful family meal we had that night! Mr Attorney and I had a lovely cold glass of sauvignon blanc and the kids had a glass of cranberry juice.

Thank you Maddy for setting this very lovely table and for helping me make dinner- I loved it! I hope we can do it again very soon.

Thank you, dear friends for coming to visit NatashainOz.com-I am so glad you came and thank you Susan and Michael for having me!

Best wishes always,

The most indispensable ingredient of all good home cooking: love, for those you are cooking for. Sophia Loren


  1. Those placemats are too sweet! They are just festive. The salad looks delish also. Oh, those photos of the lightening in the sky! Wonderful! I loved them.

  2. Yum! WIsh I was there...you are making me hungry!

  3. The table looks... 'ooohh.. so cristmasy'.. The food looks yummmm...

  4. nice post friend....!!!!

    please visit me back!!!!
    Culture of Indonesia


  5. I will be making that salad... if I can find those crunchy noodles!

    Thanks for visiting my Fall Tablescape... and for leaving a comment :)

  6. That looks so inviting...
    All Things Heart and Home

  7. What a cheerfull start to my day!
    Love reading you.

  8. How delicious! Did I tell you that I like your kitchen?

  9. Natasha, your posts always always make me feel so happy, as it over flows with love for family,...the table scape is adorable and M did a precious job : ) ... and I love love love the place mats, I need to get a set like that... thank you so much for the brilliant crunchy noodle salad recipe, I will definitely make it soon...as its so healthy too...I need to look out for those crunchies on my next visit to the store. Hope you have a wonderful evening down under...!

  10. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. Wonderful holiday table!

  11. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. New to blogging so it's encouraging to hear from others! I'm assuming M is your daughter and did this table setting, etc. That's awesome! She did a great job. I love for kids to learn the joy of table setting. It binds the family together. My daughter is almost grown now but she still enjoys doing this.
    Have a great day!

  12. What a jolly looking table M. set for you. She did a fantastic job and please tell her that I am soooo impressed. Now, I have 3 granddaughters that are 12. I will have them do a tablesetting for me one day and will be sure and blog about it. I hope they do as well as M has done here!!
    And that salad!! O, my..it does sound so good. Thanks for the recipe....
    xo bj

  13. Yum! Yum! Yum! I am coming over for dinner! Thanks for stopping by my blog and entering my contest. Good luck! Nice to meet you.

  14. That is just too sweet. How adorable. What a super helper you sure have there. Your daughter is going to grow into a superb hostess someday. Maybe I could borrow her for some tips? Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

  15. Oh, how lucky of you to have a 12 year old who is into tablescaping already and who is so talented to create this beautiful one. The food looks so good too!...Christine

  16. Something a little different and fun! It all made me smile.

  17. How fun!!! So sweet and inviting!!!

    Wonderful photos!!!


  18. Looks delicious! Love you dishes, too!

  19. Delightful, festive table setting!
    How I enjoyed this inspiring post!
    Makes me want to have a nice dinner party soon!
    Thanks so much for sharing the yummy sounding recipe too!
    Have a wonderful day & Blessings from the Cabin!
    Claudia O.

  20. great food and lovely table so cute M got involved

  21. Darlin table as always, and that salad looks so yummy! I might try it on Sunday! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Love the placemats! So very lovely!

  23. What a treat to have someone set your table for you, and to feel like a guest with such special touches. Bet the salad was yummy!

  24. Tell M that the table looks great. So did the food :). Now I'm hungry and will have to go get dinner started.

  25. Well our French family's going to go oriental after THAT lovely recipe! Just have to find the crunchy noodles here!
    Tell your daughter she's a born designer!!

  26. Oh, I must try this. Thank you for popping in to see me!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  27. What a happy table, Natasha! Love those blue/white plates.

  28. Hello to Queensland from the Queen City (Cincinnati, Ohio) not sure where the cities nickname came from, but it started back in the early 1800's. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and finding it interesting to follow. I'm relatively new to blogland so I'm always happy to meet new friends.
    Stop back soon for a chat! The table is so cheerful. But, you all are no fair...It's 7p here and you just made me hungrier, guess I'd better go start dinner...yes, LOL, I know it's late to just be getting it started!!

  29. Your placeamts are tooo cute and the food looks wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing.

  30. Wow does this look good! Fun tablescaping too!

  31. Wow what a lovely table setting, and the meal looks absolutely delicious.
    Love your Spode dinnerware, blue and white is always a favorite of mine ;)

  32. Very nice table setting. I love what you did with those noodles and cabbage. I don't have the noodles available but, I certainly have plenty of cabbage and I think with your dressing recipe, I can make a good salad.

  33. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. Your placemats are just the cutest things, and that salad looks delicious! Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

  34. I think that is a beautiful tablescape. She is a budding decorator! I always cooked with my daughter when she was still at home. It was some of our favorite time together.


  35. Natasha--You have a little Martha Stewart on your hands. There is nothing more special than a mom and daughter sharing something they love. I am so honored that you would consider using the dressing recipe. PLEASE let me know if you do or if I can help. Wish I could share it with you!

  36. It looks like the perfect place to be!

  37. Cozy and sweet and delicious too! Can't ask for more than that! Wonderful! Thanks for sharing and have a great Foodie Friday! (Please come see my Norwegian Fruit Bread recipe.)

  38. What a fun kitchen helper you have. The food looks delicious and the placemats are so cute. I keep forgetting that Christmas is right around the corner:)

  39. HI Nathasha! First time to your blog! Just have to say how wonderful that your daughter is into tablescaping already and what a WONDERFUL job she did! The salad sound terrific and definitly something I will try! Thanks for the recipe! XO, Pinky

  40. What a wonderful post. The table and the food both look wonderful.

  41. I love your CUTE!!! placemats. Your salad looks delish.

  42. The recipe sounds (and looks) great! M did a great job ... I like the simplicity and clean lines of her table setting. Are those succulents flanking the candleholder? Their colors are beautiful.

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving the nice comment. I hope our paths cross again very soon!

    Bye for now,

  43. What a happy table! Thanks for sharing. ~ Sarah

  44. Thank you so much dear friends for visiting and leaving such lovely comments for M and me. I hope you all have a truly blessed and Happy Thanksgiving! Natasha.

  45. M - you did a great job on the table, and the salad to so good.


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