~Written and edited by Veronica Clark ~

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Tablescape Catastrophe...

Hi dear friends. Welcome to all the fab new followers and those of you who have been here for a while, great to have you along for my cyber ride through inspiration...

 Gosh, the time flies by when you are having fun. I found some things that I haven't yet shared in my photo files of the Good Food and Wine Show, and as you know, that was yonks ago already! But this is just to good not to share, both for your eyes and your tastebuds!

By the way.... the tablescape is coming just as soon as I tell you about this first, so be patient please tablescapers..

On the day I go to the Good Food and Wine Show, I usually do not have breakfast at home. Well, there is all that food to taste sample and buy....  so you understand why.

I got to the show, bought my ticket and promptly ran into a friend. After the chat I started browsing and was offered a "Green Mamba" drink by a nice young man. I inquired about the ingredients and he spewed forth the alcohol content. I promptly fled in the opposite direction in search of coffee and croissants mumbling that I would be back later..much later,  in fact! Well, and on the way to coffee and croisssants I got waylayed yet again... by this luscious looking stream of caramel coloured chocholate looking yumminess tumbling down in a steady glossy stream...

Look at that!!

Stop drooling!!

I thought is was chocholate...but it wasn't....

It was Vermeiren's  Paté de Spekulaas!

And, they had spekulaas biscuits to dip into this luscious fountain of pleasure. Think not to sweet, not to spicy, gooey and slightly warm, glossy and delish... Well there I was, halted in my tracks...coffee forgotten.

Obviously I bought a jar. A jar of paste that tastes like a spekulaas biscuit. Totally devine.

Now, I wasn't about to hall out the chocholate fountain for just me...um that is a tad greedy. So I regarded my bottle of sweet Paté and wondered what I was going to do with it...

The next morning as I was stirring my jungle oats in the pot, it struck me about my purchase and voila!

One teaspoon into your bowl of oats, sprinkled with a little more cinnamon and on occasion, a few slices of banana and you are in breakfast heaven, trust me!
Try it!

Now onto tablescapes...

Remember my post called " Ladies, Throw your Laboutins"? Have a look here

Well, now that you have all your best shoes out to lay the table I wanted to share another table that I found as well...have a look...

A lovely nautical theme...

Love the mussel cluster....

A gorgeous splash of colour...makes the whole table come alive!

Now, you might ask... Where on earth is the rest of the table?

You know how snap happy bloggers can get and I only got these few images...

Well, you see... I was busy snapping away when I ran into another friend and turned my back on the table to greet her and have a small chat. When I turned back to continue it was all gone! I was completely astonished! I had just turned my back briefly....honestly!

They whipped it all of and replaced it with the Shoe table in my post above...

So very sorry about that, but honestly, would you expect them to do that?

Now I really needed that coffee...

I consoled myself with a ....


...and for shock...
and the indignation of it all...

I mused about how that could not go onto my CV,  should I ever want to apply to a foodie mag and the editor sent me to get shots of the table....

So beware of turning your back on anything that you intended to photograph!!!

In spite of my half a tablescape, I will be joining Tablescape Thursaday at Between Naps on the Porch. Click here for loads of tablescapes...more than you can get through!

Happy Thursday

Live Well



All images, those that I managed to get, are my own...

consolatory comments may be left in the comment box below please!!!


  1. What a fun post and what a great time you must have had. I had to laugh when I read the spekulaas word. That is so typically Dutch. We eat a lot of spekulaas cookies in the fall and winter, more round Sinterklaas on December 5th.

  2. love the nautical-themed tablescape! how creative!

    lisa : )

  3. You had me laughing all the way through your post, you are such a creative writer along with sharing some great pictures. I can see you getting side stepped while shopping, what fun you must have had.. hugs ~lynne~

  4. That is too funny about the table disappearing! I wonder if the breads were supposed to be submarines, :)
    Thanks for visiting!

  5. Wow, that was quite the adventure, I loved the sneak peak of both tablescapes!


  6. Oh, my gosh....that was all SO funny!!! You are hilarious! I have to admit I would have been all over that Green Mamba...I don't care HOW early in the day it was!!! :-) Sounds like a great place to spend a day just roaming around and taking in all the sights, sounds, aromas and flavors. So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing the photos!

  7. That spekulaas fountain sounds sooooo good!
    What a fun post! Even with only half a table, it's 100% great!

  8. This post made my morning! (I was wondering who that indignant looking woman was at the G F and W show!) I'm now off to google spekulaas. x Sharon

  9. Hi Friends. I still can't get over it that they had removed everything without me even cathing a glimpse! and for the life of me I can not remember what my conversation was about. It musta been good though...sigh! Well it is a gonner! Won't do that again!

    Hugs and super weekend to all


  10. Hi Veronica, I did enjoy this post. Steve ventured out of his office to see what I was laughing at. Lovely tablescapes anyway. I haven't had Amarula for ages yummmmmm!!
    Have a great weekend.
    I'm off to find some Amarula!
    ((Sue x))

  11. Hey Veronica, too funny about the table disappearing. I'm with you on running the other way for coffee. It seems the older I get the more I am not interested in the alcohol. I'm sure it's not an age thing, but what ever it is, I'm okay with coffee instead. Have a great weekend.

  12. Oh WOW!! You had me drooling with that fountain!! What a beautiful and creative post. You also had me laughing the whole way through. Thanks for the much needed smile and laugh today!!

  13. Hi Veronica,

    That must have been a great and tasty show. Yum!!!

    To funny about the change of tablescapes.

    I could see the one with the shoes for New Years Eve. lol


  14. Great photos- looks like u had fun! loving your blog at the moment- its happy and informative! hope u having a wonderful weekend x

  15. Wow it looks wonderful, I'm pretty sure that it was a wonderful event.
    I love the flags in the bread, i also wanted to know how you make the coffee, usually i made it in the old way.