Sunday, June 03, 2007

On Our Anniversary...June 2nd

I was surprised with these nice big terra cotta pots!

And my lovely traditional red rose.

It went perfect at the table setting. That bistro set just arrived. We used hubby`s petro points at Sears. I`m going to be painting it black to match the trellis. I used the antique tablecloth that used to cover the little table in the kitchen. I`m going to leave it off and after I wash it, put it away to use instead of just look at.

Doesn`t this look delicious! It was. A joint effort of Italian Stuffed Pork Chops, a special salad and fresh steamed green beans. Check out the size of those olives! The chop recipe is from an Italian Food magazine and the recipe is at the end of this post.

Elvis also thought it looked yummy. Need more sand on those bricks...

How could we not?

Later on we had a piece of our wedding cake that my Mum made and saved for us and lit our wedding candles. It was a lovely day all round...

Italian Stuffed Pork Chops

4 thick chops
8 ounces Italian sausage, crumbled
1/4 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
1 slice prosciutti, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup butter

1. Preheat oven at 350. Trim fat from pork chops and cut a pocket in the rounded side of each. Set aside
2. In a bowl, combine sausage, bread crumbs, prosciutti, mozzarella, garlic, and if desired, salt and pepper.
Press stuffing into each pocket of chops. Tie with 100% cotton kitchen string to hold stuffing.
3. In a large skillet, heat oil over meium high heat. Pat chops dry; brown in hot oil for 3 minutes per side. Place chops in a shallow roasting pan and set aside.
4. In the same skillet, add the onion, chicken broth, and butter. Bring to boiling; gently boil over medium heat about 10 minutes until liquid is reduced slightly. Pour over chops. Bake uncovered for about 1 hour.
Transfer chops to platter and remove string. Drizzle pan juices over chops.

Makes 4 servings

We bought this last year on our mini honeymoon and hubby mixed it with olive oil and pored it over some slightly roasted yellow peppers and onions and fresh romain lettuce. It was delicious topped with grated mozzarella cheese.
Steamed green beans and huge olives finished off the meal.

In a day or so, when I get a chance, I`ll post some Aberfoyle Antique market pictures. Almost didn`t have any because I was too busy looking at things and forgot! But my wonderful hubby insisted , despite his sore back, that we wonder over again after going to the car with the bags and take some. I bought a few goodies too :)

32 comments:

Rosa said...

Happy anniversary! You two look so happy. Cheers to many, many more.

Shane Marie said...

Happy anniversary, Tea and Mr. Tea!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary. You two are such a lovely looking couple. Your romantic setting could rival any European bistro. Looks like you had a wonderful time. TWT

Sandy said...

Happy anniversary. The setting looked beautiful. sandy

jessica said...

A very Happy Anniversary.
Totally romantic. How wonderful. You two look darling.

Rosie said...

The table setting in your garden looks wonderful - so glad you had a perfect day.

Angeline said...

happy Annivsersary... you are most welcome anyone who loves tea and marqueritas as much as I do Is definitely someone worth getting 2 know!!
angelinexx

Christine of Epiphany said...

You look great! Love the ambience of your celebration photos~

Tricia said...

What a lovely candlit supper, as that Bucket woman would say!!
Happy Anniversary Tea!!
How was the cake, still fresh..hee!

tash said...

Happy anniversary! I'm really glad you had a fantastic time, you look so happy and radiant :)

Have a lovely week!

Marion said...

Happy Anniversary, Tea! The two of you make a wonderful couple, and what a beautiful setting for an anniversary dinner! I loved the photos!

Zoey said...

Oh, Tea, what a perfectly romantic dinner you had for your anniversary.

Your bistro table looks like it could be from an Italian love movie.

Simply wonderful.........

Kahshe Cottager said...

What a romantic and sentimental dinner to celebrate your special anniversary! I wish you both many more! June is a good month for weddings - we were married the on 27th of June (had to wait for school to be over) and this year is our ~ gulp - 37th year of wedded bliss!

Jacran Cottage said...

Happy Anniversary! You both look wonderful in the photo. And your setting for your dinner is perfect! Hope Elvis enjoyed his ;o) Sounds like you had a successful trip to Aberfoyle ... isn't that a great antique market! Can't wait to see photos of the treasures you found there.

justacoolcat said...

Happy Anniversary! Is that a kataba (sic?) tree you are sitting under?

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

justacoolcat....It`s a Japanese Lilac

Gledwood said...

Your Elvis is a really entertaining-looking dog! Is he like that in actuality or is he just particularly photogenic? His character seems to shine through!!

Thanks for the greetings you left at mine. Have you been having margaritas weather your end? We have - mostly. But I've been too broke for margaritas and had to stick to 59p white cyder!

Gledwood said...

... & Happy Anniversary!

Janet said...

Happy Anniversary! You both look so happy - and who wouldn't be with that lovely table setting and delicious meal! I'm glad Elvis got a little treat, too.

Sorry I've been absent for such a long time. Things are settling down to a mild roar so I'll be around a bit more.

Rice said...

I happened upon this blog VIA Calamity Janes blog.
What a beautiful, garden, table,flower day, etc..
Not only am I green with envy but now I'm also hungry thanks to the delicious pictures accompanying this post.

Pearl C. Pritchard said...

Lovely photos. You're garden is looking really nice.

Happy anniversary.

Rowan said...

Sounds as though you had a great anniversary, that meal looks wonderful, Elvis obviously thought so too:)

Anonymous said...

...But your hair is very lovely!..and I did get a color inspired by you! hee! hee!...

Congratulations...you are such a sweet couple...you look absolutely perfect together. I am indeed very happy for you.

And once agin..thank you for inspiring me..I am alone in the house because the kids went off to their first day of school..only Bushy m doggie is with me barking at the neighbor's cat right now....
I needed to see your post for inspiration...beautiful!

Lady Luxie

UKBob said...

I'm glad you saved some for Elvis! For what its worth I think your hair looks nice. Bob.

ally said...

I am so happy for the two of you! Every thing looked perfect!

Sheila said...

Belated Congratulations to you both. You both look so happy..!
The dinner looks scrumptious..obviously Elvis thought so too.xo

Sharm said...

nice work
I like it
thank you and have a nice day
:))

smilnsigh said...

Everything is lovely, and you are a precious couple. :-)

Mari-Nanci

Blue the Spa Girl said...

Happy Anniversary!
It all looks amazing, that meal! You are making me hungry~!

carolyn said...

Congratulations on your anniversary you certainly make a beautiful couple.

Carol said...

Happy Anniversary Tea! You look great! Love the terracotta pots and your dinner looks so yummy hmm! Carol xox

Cottage Smallholder said...

I just wanted to say how romantic the small table on the deck looks. It's just perfect.