Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tablescape Thursday: Black & White Dishes & a Mother's Day Ice Cream Bombe'


Thursday is my favorite day because of the weekly event at Between Naps on the Porch. This week, my burns are mending, and I had especial fun with Tablescape Thursday. For a touch of irony, and a nod to my stupidity for getting burned in the first place, I made a frozen dessert, with Bandwith's help.

In the back of my mind, I'd been planning a black & white tablescape, with touches of silver and yellow/gold. Since the goats ate my forsythias, I bought some sprigs at Kroger.

I wanted to use the new Big Lots dishes, but it was a challenge finding four plates that matched, because we use the Gibson set all the time, and they are always in the dishwasher or sink; and the guys specially love the black dishes and leave them all over the house. I sent out a search party and found 3 black plates. After I assembled the bones, I went shopping around the house.


Immediately, I grabbed the china puppies. . .
. . . twig flatware, goblets, and black floral napkins . . .

The black finials are topped with crystals (delightful when the sun catches them). I couldn't resist adding an old black frog box.
Many years ago, my mother gave me the black wine glasses.


The white dishes are made by Gibson, and the black, mod are made by "Today's Home."

Pinzon makes the chargers, $24/set of 4.

The white Gibson dishes, "Claremont," were $35 for a 46-piece set (including napkin rings).

The black dishes were $15 for service for 4.



I found these mysterious balls at an antique store.

I'm not sure if they have a purpose, other than to be odd and ornamental. Each one has a single hole, but they aren't S&P shakers; and they don't spell anything that makes sense--which makes them perfect.

Maybe they are. . .

Oddballs?

Oddball: (pronounced-awed.bawl) Noun or adjective 1.) Eccentric; 2.) Unusual and probably not edible; 3.) Individual who plays with food or china; 4.) geek food; 5.) out of the ordinary.


I bought the dogs at the antique mall.

The cat was one of those mysterious Ebay purchases that makes Dr. Gollum roll his eyes. But the cat is cute.

You've seen these mercury votives before, in my Christmas tablescapes (Ballard Designs).



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The Barefoot Contessa's Ice Cream Bombe'

While nursing my burns, I decided to make something cold, and I was inspired by the Barefoot Contessa's ice cream bombe. You can find the recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/ice-cream-bombe-recipe/index.html

I changed it a little, using raspberry and lemon ice, with a decadent center of Haagen-Daz Vanilla Honey Bee ice cream.

To make this bombe', you'll need nesting bowls.


A 5-layer ice cream bombe' is simple to prepare. It's a dessert AND a centerpiece.

Guests will often applaud. They won't believe it when you tell them it was a snap to make. Begin with the first layer: Scoop (and smooth with spoon) the slightly melted raspberry ice into a mixing bowl. Cover with Saran Wrap, then press a smaller mixing bowl into the ice, creating an indention. Freeze.

Set out the lemon ice so it can soften.


Remove bombe'-to-be from freezer. Remove bowl and plastic wrap. Add lemon ice into the "indention." Cover with Saran Wrap and add a smaller bowl, pressing firmly into the ice. Freeze.

Repeat the procedure with another raspberry layer, followed by a lemon layer. The final, inner layer is vanilla ice cream.

If you have a sure hand, and I sure don't, your layers will be even. I like to think that each slice is unique. Some are veined like marble and others are smooth and well defined.

Before serving, dip bowl in warm water. You might need to dip a knife in warm water and cut around the frozen ice. Invert on plate and tap gently.

Be patient. When you hear a PLUNK!, smile. Your bombe' is a success!

What You'll Need:

  • a set of "nesting" mixing bowls
  • 1 pint Haagen-Dazs Vanilla Honey Bee Ice Cream
  • 1 pint raspberry (or any flavor) ice
  • 1 pint lemon ice (or whatever)

Garnish with lemon slices, raspberries, whipped cream.


I'm off to enjoy the eye candy at my friend Susan's blog, Between Naps on the Porch, to see what delightful arrangements she and other bloggers have prepared for Tablescape Thursday.

Tablescaping Notes:

Chargers: Pinzon, "Florentina White"

Black dishes: "Today's Home," Big Lots

White dishes: "Gibson," Big Lots

Twig flatware: Traders & Co

Napkins:??? I forgot where, and when, I bought em.


76 comments:

  1. Your table is so pretty and your dessert looks way too good! I'm so sorry about your arm and hope it's healing nicely - burns are just so painful, but I can see it hasn't kept you down!

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  2. Black and white is just what the designer ask for! Look how beautiful this is. This would make a great picture for the house and home magazine. Gollum and the ice creame you can make dirt look cheap but you always make it look delicious. You just give a little detail and zap, it's perfect. I am going to try the ice creme. My husband is reading your blog. He says " she is so amazing with her photos and the way she cooks. Well, I then told him about your books. Such a stunning table sitting.

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  3. It looks great! I love the black and white idea. That dessert looks amazing. I've seen them before and they seemed difficult but this doesn't look too bad. I love lemon and raspberry together :)

    All the best,
    Allison

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  4. Your tablescape is very elegant with a nice touch of whimsy...I love those figurines, what a fantastic idea! I'm still wanting to go to that antique mall of yours!

    The bombe is gorgeous and looks like it tastes good too. Years ago I made a sherbert creation for my daughter's birthday, layers of mint and then rasberry sherbert in a bowl to look like a watermelon (chocolate chip "seeds"). Since I had a side by side fridge, I had to keep it in the big fridge downstairs and all I did for 2 days was run up & down those stairs doing layers. As luck would have it, it was well over 80 degrees the day of the party and the "ice cream" unmolded like a big blob. Never again! ;-)

    Have a good week!

    Jane

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  5. I am always partial to a black and white tablescape. So beautiful and the dog and cat are perfect. MMM, that ice cream looks fantastic!

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  6. Your table is just gorgeous. I love the black and white (sorry the goats ate your decorations!). Glad to hear your burn is healing, I've got a big steam burn from the last batch of tea I made. Are those balls possibly bingo letters or something of that nature? They are cute on the table. See you Friday! Kathy

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  7. So lovely! Love the little whimsical touches you added!
    Brenda
    http://cozylittlehouse.blogspot.com
    http://viewfromthepines.com

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  8. Michael...this is an awesome tablescape! I loved the image of Dr. G rolling his eyes. (LOL) I love that little kitty...doggie, too! And your dessert bombe is THE BOMB! Hee, hee. :-) Thanks for a great Tablescape Thursday! Susan

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  9. Wow! I can barely make a tablescape let along cook and make something as complex as an ice-cream bomb! Beautiful!

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  10. I love your setting! Very clean and pretty!

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  11. Oh girl this is the bomb from the beginning to the dessert!! Love the black and white, the dogs, and Barefoot Contessa!! Fabulous.

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  12. Mrs G - so glad to hear your wounds are healing. I can visualize you running through your home like a woman with a mission, b/c I find myself doing the same thing every Wednesday afternoon. LOL It gives new meaning to the "Home Shopping Network" huh? LOL
    Your tablescape is beautifully and skillfully arranged, as ususal. Yours is always one of the first links I click on when I see it. Its always full of delightful and whimsical touches. You know I love the cat!!!
    I will have to try this ice cream treat one day soon. My ice-cream loving Hubby would think its the "bombe." Get it? :-D
    Hugs dear friend, Barb

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  13. Hi Michael ! I love the black and white table. The antique puppies
    are very sweet and pull everything
    together. The story about your Dr
    and Ebay made me giggle.....those
    husbands....Those darn goats - they
    just eat about everything (that is
    why we don't have one...LOL) The
    dessert recipe looks delicious as
    do the pictures. Thanks again for
    a beautiful setting !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  14. Hi Michael Lee! I love your tablescape! The little doggies in the bowls are the perfect touch of black and white..as are those number balls. I saw some in an antique store this week and tried to assemble enough to spell something, too. No luck! The bombe looks delicious! Glad you are doing better!! Enjoy the rest of your week!...hugs...Debbie

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  15. What a gorgeous tablescape. I love the black and white. All of the dishes are just lovely, then the whimsical accessories are just perfect. I'm glad your getting better. I will definitely try the "bombe". Thanks for the recipe and the instructions. Hugs, Marty

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  16. G... magnificent tablescape as always... I love the black and white combo.. and all the little wimsical treasures that you introduced into the scape... and then of course.. you had to go and add the recipe to make me hungry... you have not mercy girl... none at all!

    have a wonderufl mom's day... and rest of the week..
    blessings. Dixie

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  17. Your table is so pretty, and that dessert looks delicious. Perfect.

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  18. Another coup!

    I must have some of those little puppy dogs!

    Scribbler

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  19. Gollum you are always so full of inspiration for us all- thank you!

    The "Bombe" actually sounds like it might be easy enough for me to try! They always looked to hard before!

    blessings
    mary

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  20. Evening, Dear Gollum. I'm so glad to hear you arm is getting better!
    I love your black and white table setting! Everything is so lovely. Now you know I'm admiring those little doggies - just precious! I'm still kicking myself for not buying those white dishes from Big Lots! I bought some cream ones, but I want the white ones, too! I still may go back and get me some! :)
    Oh, the dessert looks fabulous! I'm sure it tastes better!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  21. Hope your arm is feeling better and healing nicely! I love the black and white--don't you love those Gibson plates! Your dessert, as always, is beyond elegant! Happy Mother's Day!

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  22. Oh this table is wonderful!!!! The puppy captured my heart and I love all of the unexpected accesories you've added. So very creative.
    Have a wonderful Thursday,
    Tam

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  23. Great double post! I love the black and white tablescape and the bombe looks scrumptious!

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  24. I love the look of black, white and yellow. So crisp and pretty! And that dessert looks phenomenal!!!!!!!

    Did I already read about your burning yourself? Why don't I remember???

    Justine :o )

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  25. Beautiful table, Gollum! I love the black and white and the dessert is awesome! Sweet looking goblets!

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  26. Michael, The black and white is so sophisticated with just the right touch of whimsy. Love those little dalmations! I'm not sure I'm patient enough to try the bombe but you do make it sound easy. If I ever get out of all the yard work in my future, I may make it back to the kitchen.
    Happy to hear that your arm is better. Take care!
    hugs~ Carol

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  27. What a delicious mix of fun and elegance!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Sherri:)

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  28. Michael, I always love everything you do and you always inspire me.
    Can't wait to try the bombe'!

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  29. As always, elegant and sophisticated. I just love black and you've done it so well here.
    Nancy PS: The bombe looks like the perfect end to a summer meal.

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  30. Bravo! (Imagine that you hear clapping...) The Bombe is to die for!!!

    Beautifully imaginative tablescape Michael! You're amazing! ♥ Diane

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  31. Gollum, you never fail to inspire me.
    Everything looks fantastic, down to the odd balls!
    That dessert is making me ready to quit my low carb existence... it would be worth it!

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  32. You are always so clever both in food and in tables.

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  33. Very elegant black and white tablescape, Gollum! That dessert is amazing, so beautiful!...Christine

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  34. Everything looks as beautiful as it always does. ~Athella

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  35. Hello Gollum,
    Love your black and white table this week. The little dogs are just the right touch! Now about this ice cream bombe - how can anyone make ice cream look so beautiful? Your photography skills are above the top! I love to visit your sight. You always offer such wonderful inspiration. I plan to participate in Foodie Friday for the first time tomorrow. I see it's about CAKES so I better get to baking. :-)

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  36. Hi Gollum! I am sorry to hear of your burns...you poor thing.... I hope you heal quickly! And I hope the new book is off....and out of your way (so to speak). I love your black and white table...so shic... I have been busy caring for my in-laws...one had knee surgery...and then the other in the hospital with heart issues.. so they have really kept me busy. I will try to put together something for tomorrow's Foodie Friday... I have missed visiting with you my friend! Take care of yourself..Let your sweet husband and son help you (I know you feel the need to do it all...but you can let others help!) Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

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  37. The table is beautiful. Love the use of black. Looks very elegant in your room.

    The dessert looks heavenly. Yum!

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  38. OMG you are so creative:) Love the dogs and cat...your table looks so chic...

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  39. Gollum thank you for the prayers for mother. It's very hard this week knowing that mothers day will be spent without her. Hold your mother close and appreciate her and tell her when every you see or talk to her. YOu will miss her when she is gone. Thank you,
    again.
    blossom

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  40. You're the bomb with this post today...SPOT ON! Mr. will have to say that kitty was made for the puppies.
    Loved the little tale/tail that went along the way.

    Happy MOM day to you,
    Candy

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  41. How very pretty and I understand about the cute kitty but not so sure about the oddballs but I know my grandkids would consider them great play things. I loved your black and white table. Sorry about your forsythia!

    The Raggedy Girl

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  42. A fabulous tablescape......
    I made a coeur la creme with raspberry and Grand Marnier Sauce last night; which I got from the Contessa. I am sure the ice cream bomb was wonderful.....I shall have to go retrieve that one as well. ;-)

    Have a beautiful day.

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  43. I love your table. Everything is so wonderful as always. Your tables are always such a treat to visit and your creativity never ceases to amaze. Gush, gush ;) Enjoy your day.
    Maryrose

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  44. Love your table and that bombe looks wonderful. You must have a lot of storage space/cabinets for all your beautiful dishes and table accessories. I have seen those balls with the letters on them before, but don't know what they were/are used for.
    Glenda

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  45. Gollum,

    As always, a great post. Table setting and the Bombe are winners.

    Best wishes for a great MOTHER'S DAY to you and your MOM.

    Hugs
    'D'

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  46. Oh, sweet girl...you do set a magnificent table. This is just stunning...
    I do hope the burns are so much better; bless your little heart.
    See you for cake at Foodie Friday.
    xo bj

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  47. Beautiful tablescape - black and white always looks so elegant! Your twig flatware is one of my favorites of all your tablescapes, love seeing them!

    The bombe looks fantastic - such an unusal dessert.. perfect for summer with the flavored ice!

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  48. Gollum, I have heard so much about you that I feel like I have already been here, but this is my first time and I feel like I am in an enchanted place. Your postings, your books and of course for me your animals.

    I would like to join you tomorrow, but I am leaving town early Sat morn for a week, so if it is ok, I am going to just post a wonderful basket of goodies from Harry & David that my daughter sent me for Mother's Day.

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  49. Gollum, I have heard so much about you that I feel like I have already been here, but this is my first time and I feel like I am in an enchanted place. Your postings, your books and of course for me your animals.

    I would like to join you tomorrow, but I am leaving town early Sat morn for a week, so if it is ok, I am going to just post a wonderful basket of goodies from Harry & David that my daughter sent me for Mother's Day.

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  50. I love the back and white! Dessert looks delicious!

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  51. You, dear Gollum, ARE the Bomb! Hope you are healing well.

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  52. OH MY! All of this lovliness and dessert too? I whined my way out of add any REAL food with my "Tablescape" (of sorts) and sent them off to talented ladies like you! You didn't let me down!! It looks delicious!
    ~smiles~

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  53. I love all the black & white plates. I have the Big Lot dishes but I got them for $20.00 last year on a special deal. But my son has already broken one of the dinner plates. Boo hoo. I know what you mean about rounding them up to use in tablescapes. I also loved, and had to laugh at your "Oddballs" comment & the definition. I guess we are all oddballs. And I love your oddballs and the dalmation puppy. Too cute.

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  54. I hope you are healing, take good care of that burn!
    The table is lovely, I love all the different elements, and the ODDBALLS are great!
    And that Bombe, looks delicious..
    Happy Mother's Day, Micahel, and Happy Birthday to your boys!

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  55. Love the tablescape...the china, the linens in the goblets, the twig flatware...but, that dessert! Awesome!

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  56. Love the tablescape...the china, the linens in the goblets, the twig flatware...but, that dessert! Awesome!

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  57. Neat! Neat! Neat! :-)

    xo,

    Sheila

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  73. Michael Lee, as you can see I'm having a great time scrolling back through previous posts that are on your sidebar. Love this bombe idea! Just may use this for Christmas Eve. Thanks! ~ Sarah

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  74. Back for another look at this one. I adore black and white! I'm going make the bombe. Wish me luck!
    ~ Sarah

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