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A Lunch to Celebrate Summer

A Lunch to Celebrate Summer

A Lunch to Celebrate Summer

Gioconda Scott, who grew up in the hills of Andalusia learned to cook while studying in Florence and apprenticing in London at produce-focused restaurants like Clarke’s and Green’s. She brought home ideas from her travels to India, Mexico, and Africa. Spanish food was learned from the local women who worked at her mother’s finca, Trasierra and everything she makes today has her own style made with locally sourced ingredients. She hosted us for our Pre AW22 photoshoot in her beautiful little home in the beautiful village of Carmona just 20 minutes outside Seville. Here is where Gioconda has her catering business and has now opened up her home to be available for short term holiday stays.

Here, in her own words, she welcomes us into her world and shares her personal recipe for Tortilla, the perfect summer lunch with our Penelope Chilvers rose table linens, accompanied by a fresh seasonal salad.


Summer has begun and the garden is an explosion of green and flowers. Earlier this year we planted a kitchen garden and there is now an abundance of radishes & broad beans in season.

While Penelope and her team were close by, on location, shooting the new summer campaign in Carmona, we had lunch together with the table laid in her new Penelope Rose table linen, discussing our love of Spain and her long history of working with leather artisans.

Warm broad beans with garlic & goats curd, radishes with labneh, anchovies, a baby tomato and herb salad and of course, the ubiquitous tortilla provided the perfect lunch, served with handfuls of fresh mint.


There is something extraordinarily special about summer in this part of Andalusia. It feels more intense and overwhelmingly beautiful than the other seasons.

We have just had our last bout of rain before the scorching summer months arrive. The orange blossom on the trees surrounding Carmona and Seville is in full bloom and the air is impregnated with this intoxicating scent. One cannot help but to walk around captivated by its delicious spell and drinking it in through your nostrils, like an intense love affair.


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