20 Aug2008


We have been doing an unusual amount of entertaining in the past couple of weeks. Back to back dinners usually mean we can stretch flower expenses into arrangements that are used several times. In this post, six bunches of red roses from Dimasalang anchor centerpieces for two dinners, and a present… The first dinner was for a friend and her sibling and nephew who were visiting from Jakarta. We used to live in Jakarta and it was good to see M and family after many years… For dinner that evening we had a red theme with the roses and round red plates…


The red plates were laid on black and beige native placemats and the a bright red napkin, silverware, simple glassware and chopsticks finished off the setting. The meal was a Japanese one, with tuna sashimi, tempura, japanese fried chicken and sauteed bean sprouts.


For each of two long rectangular centerpieces, we put oasis floral foam and crammed some 5-6 dozen red roses (with stems cut down to about 2 inches). It was simple, yet eye-catching. Here they are photographed the following morning with some sunlight streaming onto the dining table…


The next evening, we re-used the rose centerpieces for another dinner, this time using LARGE oval serving platters as the dinner plates, banig style placemats, chopsticks and very simple glasses.


The reason for the large oval platters was a simple menu… rice in the brown bowls, and 5 kilos of Singapore style pepper and turmeric crab. You need the platters to have enough space to deal with the crabs! The red bowls are for the shells. I am not posting the recipe because I wasn’t totally thrilled with this experiment. They were good, but not very good…


Served with the crabs, in Singaporean style, a homemade and sweetened iced tea to temper the heat of several tablespoons worth of crushed black peppercorns…


And with another say 2 dozen roses, The Kid crafted a small arrangement done with oasis inside a silk covered box, that she wanted to take to someone who was in the hospital who had just given birth…


Wrapped up in clear floral cellophane and a nice red grosgrain ribbon, it was small but stunning… the perfect size for a small side table in a hospital room…



  1. zena says:

    I really liked the contrast of the long rectangular rose arrangement with the huge white platters. The crabs look good and unless you tell us otherwise (which you did), we wouldn’t have know you weren’t too pleased with it. =)

    Aug 20, 2008 | 9:25 am


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  3. zena says:

    Oh, and the Kid had a great but simple idea.

    Aug 20, 2008 | 9:25 am

  4. linda says:

    Red Roses for a birthday boy! Happy Happy Birthday,MM!

    Aug 20, 2008 | 9:34 am

  5. ykmd says:

    Malipayong adlawng natawhan MM!

    Aug 20, 2008 | 10:15 am

  6. Connie C says:

    Happy birthday MM! Just wondering, on a technical issue. How did you manage the saucy crabs with the chopsticks, if I may ask?

    Aug 20, 2008 | 3:18 pm

  7. evel says:

    happy happy birthday MM!

    Aug 20, 2008 | 7:19 pm

  8. mikel says:

    bonne anniversaire MM et bon appetit!

    Aug 20, 2008 | 7:48 pm

  9. Chery says:

    Wishing you a Happy Happy Birthday! and more to come Mr. MM.!!

    Aug 21, 2008 | 1:46 am

  10. bluegirl says:

    Happy Birthday MM!

    Aug 21, 2008 | 8:39 am

  11. Tricia says:

    Happy Birthday MarketMan!

    I want to thank you on your birthday for the many things I learned reading your blog. I started reading November 2007.

    By the way, my birthday is on August 29. They say people born in August are passionate & fierce. LOL.

    Aug 21, 2008 | 8:56 am

  12. Marketman says:

    Tricia, I am not only a Leo, I am a Dragon as well…. so go figure… Thanks everyone for the greetings!

    Aug 21, 2008 | 9:19 am

  13. miles says:

    Belated Happy Birthday MM! Nice to know I share a birthday with a person who’s got a great love for food (like me, natch) and great sense of style. Cheers!!!

    Aug 21, 2008 | 5:24 pm

  14. ceci says:

    Belated happy birthday! I hope you had a good one! The little arrangement was indeed perfect on the side table at the hospital. It really brightened up the room. :) Again, many thanks to The Kid.

    Aug 21, 2008 | 7:14 pm

  15. Apicio says:

    Unlike Marketman I do not think I can ever muster the aplomb to match crabs with roses. This older gentleman was telling his friend about the great restaurant he and his wife just discovered and the friend then baffled him by asking for the name of the restaurant. He in turn hesitatingly asked his friend for the name of that sweet smelling flower with long thorny stem that you present to your sweetheart for Saint Valentines’s. His friend suggests, rose? Ah yes, the face of the old man lightening up, that’s it he tells himself and turns toward the kitchen where his wife was and called out Rose, Rose what’s the name of that restaurant we tried the other night?

    Aug 24, 2008 | 6:29 am


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