Easy Entertaining With LSA / by Tash South

Following an absolutely manic end to 2018, I’ve been spending January and February catching up and reconnecting with friends and family. Building a house and a new business is intense enough, but if you combine it with family life and two kids, it reaches a new level of crazy!

Our friends and family have been so patient with us through this process. We’ve had say no to so many social events – or we’d turn up late after various DIY store visits or a site meeting that inevitably went on for far too long. Over the passed three years we also didn’t have the space, or much time, to entertain at the various tiny flat we rented while the build was underway. But now, our long awaited home is finally coming together and we’re enjoying having the space to entertain again.

Our kitchen/diner was finally ready in time for Christmas last year

Depending on the occasion, I’ll either prepare a two or three-course meal, or for a work meeting or an easy Friday lunch with a friend, I’ll put together something simple to enjoy with a glass of wine or fizz. When the food is simple and easy, beautiful table and glassware make even the simplest of offerings look special, and for stunning, quality glassware, you can’t go wrong with LSA, who I’ve teamed up with to create this post. For over 50 years LSA have created gorgeous collections and launch brand new products each season.

An easy lunch made special by beautiful glassware by LSA

This season they’ve gone back to their Polish roots with the new Tatra range. Inspired by the folk traditions of woodworking, this beautiful range is a combination of hand-cut ash and glass with contrasting patterns and has clean, angular lines. I love how they’ve taken something so traditional and made it look modern – it fits my Mix Your Modern philosophy perfectly.

Inspired by the Polish origins of the new Tatra range, I decided to attempt making Pierogi for the very first time. Pierogi are traditional Polish dumplings, made from a pasta-like dough, usually filled with a savoury or a sweet filling, like potato, vegetables, sauerkraut, cheese or fruit. I decided on one of my favourite combos – spinach, garlic and feta.

I’ve always enjoyed experimenting in the kitchen and it was always on the cards to include my love of food on my blog at some point, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to add a brand new food section where I will be writing about entertaining at home and delicious recipes, so this is where you can find my Pierogi recipe.

How To Own The Easy (But Impressive) Lunch

My secret to an easy lunch is to keep the number of dishes to a minimum, include a simple but impressive dessert or cake, a glass of wine (or two) and serve it all in style – and not forgetting a pretty vase of flowers or foliage for decoration.

The woodwork detailing on the Tatra serving board

I served the Pierogi neatly lined up and sprinkled with crispy onions , mint and chilli on the 55cm long Tatra Ash Board. An icy cold glass of fizz is one of my guiltiest pleasures, and it just could not get any better than when it’s served in a ‘proper’ champagne glass this gorgeous.

A great detail is that every champagne glass in the set of four has a different cut glass pattern.

Any table setting is instantly improved by some flowers or foliage in a pretty vase. The sturdy, carved, ash wood base holds the hand-blown cut glass vase perfectly.

And oh how I love a dome! They make any old shop-bought cake look quite special, and in my opinion, a kitchen island is incomplete without one. This stunning dome is impressive at 27cm high, the shape is just my style, it angles and tapers beautifully upwards towards a cut glass handle and comes with a square wooden base - also expertly wood-worked of course.

The absolutely stunning detail on the Tatra Dome

The Tatra champagne glasses and dome were kindly gifted to my by LSA.
All photography by Tash South