Bright, bold emerald green is the hot hue of the season and it's coming on strong at your table.
I'm gushing over these tabletop items featured in this month's Elle Decor. And just in time for a lucky St. Patty's Day!
clockwise from top:
Du Barry linen by Osborne & Little (perfect for graphic napkins or placemats)
blown-glass dinnerware from Tsuga Studios
Aladdin flatware by Vietri
Vega water glasses by Baccarat (a girl can dream can't she?)
...Pasta and porchetta princess, Sara Jenkins' green bean salad at her new East Village restaurant Porsena (if you haven't been yet, it's cozy and wonderful - like you're eating at home with your Italian grandmother). Jenkins may have gained acclaim for her heftier dishes and love of all things pork, but the green bean salad is a total star on the menu. Fresh, simple, gorgeously green and crunchy--a perfect healthy pick for the first weeks of spring. I recreated her dish at home based on memory and taste. Darn close to the original...
(my version above, Sara's pretty version below)
Green Beans with Fennel and Toasted Almonds
Serves :: 2
1 bunch of green haricot verts (French green beans)
toasted almonds, chopped
1 bulb of fennel, thinly shaved with a mandolin
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
juice from 1/2 lemon
2 to 3 teaspoons of red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons or so of extra virgin olive oil
salt and cracked pepper to taste
Blanch haricot verts in boiling water for about 2 minutes, plunge into an ice bath.
Remove beans and place in a mixing bowl.
Toss in fennel, toasted chopped almonds and red onion (Jenkins actually pickles hers first, which I adore, but I didn't have the time).
Add lemon juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper. Mix well and you're done.
You can almost smell spring coming on strong! I'm not looking forward to losing an hour of sleep with daylight savings this weekend, but I'll surely take the sunshine and brilliant hues that are well on their way this month. I'm loving the bright pops of color in these kitchens -- clean whites, baby blues, peeks of hot pink, grassy green and pastel seafoam! Just a little springy inspiration to start your weekend off with. Cheers!