Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Lunch Bunch is now the Tea Trio


Three friends of mine come to lunch at Linderhof once a month. It's a decade old tradition -- these three friends joining me for lunch. What is great is that I get to try new recipes and they get to eat new foods.

Today was our regular "Lunch" but instead of lunch I decided to have an afternoon tea. A traditional three course afternoon tea -- a tea that should have been at half past three but one that we had at straight up noon!
I set the tea table with my Spode and Wedgewood and, of course, the silver teapot.
As is proper -- tea is served on the three tiered curate -- sandwiches on the bottom, then scones and then sweets. A seed cake is on a pedastal cake stand.
The tea cups and plates -- Spode Famille Rose -- I've had it for a long time but haven't used it much prefering instead my blue and white. I set the table properly -- with a tea plate, the napkin and then the tea cup and saucer on top.
Sandwiches first -- traditional cucumber (bread, butter, sliced cucumber and salt and pepper) and mixed olive tea sandwiches from The Watts Tea Shop via Savoring Time in the Kitchen -- a daily read of Linderhof.
In the middle of the curate, freshly made scones. I love Ina Garten's receipe -- they make lovely scones -- whether in triangles or in rounds which is what we always had in England. Served, of course, with real Clotted Cream and my homemade strawberry jam.
And at the top of the curate -- tarts -- strawberry tarts with patisserie cream and lemon curd tarts topped with a pansy.

And, in addition, a seed cake -- a traditional British cake for afternoon tea. Mine was made with poppy seeds and my guests pronounced it stupendous!

The curate, filled with tea goodies!



And at the end of the afternoon . . . . the pot is empty, the cups are empty and we feel sated. It was a grand afternoon tea!

Please join Wanda Lee at The Plummed Pen for Wednesday Tea for Me and Thee.

I love tea time and it's fun to see what everyone is up to for Wednesday Tea!

8 comments:

BumbleVee said...

ooooooh .... love the little strawberry tarts! But, it all looks wonderful.....

Allie and Pattie said...

Oh Martha, how lovely! I drool over that curate every time I see it. And the china and cloth are just stunning. I'm sure your guests had a most wonderful afternoon.
xoxo Pattie

Allie and Pattie said...

Oh Martha, how lovely! I drool over that curate every time I see it. And the china and cloth are just stunning. I'm sure your guests had a most wonderful afternoon.
xoxo Pattie

Rosemary said...

What a beautiful Afternoon Tea extravaganza! Your Lunch Bunch group is certainly very lucky to join you for tea. Wishing I could have been there!
Nancy

The Tablescaper said...

What a lovely proper tea! Reminds me of the tea I had at Harrod's.

- The Tablescaper

Mimi said...

What a lovely tea...I tried Susan's Olive Spread the other day...wonderful stuff!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a beautiful table setting, Martha! I hope you enjoyed the mixed olive tea sandwiches!

parTea lady said...

Your afternoon tea looks wonderful (lovely tablescape). I'll have to look up Ina's scone recipe and one for British seed cake - it looks good. My Grandmother used to make a poppy seed roll that was yummy.