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.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Pansy Luncheon


We love pansies and plant lots in the spring -- in the front and side planters and in the window box in the back garden. Alas, when the heat of late prairie spring comes, the pansies fade. And we're sorry to see them go.

But what better way to celebrate pansies than having a pansy luncheon!
A table for four in the breakfast room.
With a Quaker Lace tablecloth and napkins in pansy blue.
The dishes -- my blue and white Spode, of course.


And the centerpiece -- pansies in shades of blue and violet.
And for a first course, not pansies but a close cousin -- my 19th Century handpainted violet teacups and saucers for the cream of lettuce soup. Garnished with a purple pansy which echoes the violets on the dishes.
And for dessert -- more pansies scattered atop a lemon poppyseed cake. Bright yellow ones because the cake is lemon.

Served on the cake plates that go with the cups and saucers. A great finale for a pansy luncheon!

The entree -- chicken asparagus quiche, chive corn madelines and salad of mixed baby greens with a creamy herbal dressing.

It's Thursday and time for Tablescape Thursday. Please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see what is on everyone's table this Thursday!

28 comments:

Susan said...

Loved the pretty pansies. Very lovely setting! Thanks for sharing. Sincerely, Susan

The Tablescaper said...

Love your pansy luncheon. I'm having a pansy tea next week!
They're such great flowers. It's great how you use them with food.

- The Tablescaper

once in a blue moon... said...

your soup looks so pretty~

lemonverbenalady said...

OMG, Martha! What a beautiful luncheon! Love those pansies as well! Nothing like an edible flower to make a beautiful table!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Those tea cups and dessert plates are beautiful. I love the use of the tea cups to serve the soup. Such a pretty tablescape. laurie

D.B. said...

Most people consider daisies the "friendliest flower" but I believe pansies are the most intriguing....oh those mysterious and lovely faces.

Sonia said...

Oh what a sweet and pretty table..I love the pansie and violas! The blue and white looks wonderful with the lace tablecloth!
Gorgeous!

Miss Bloomers

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I am a Tri Delta, so this really appeals to me as that is our sorority flower. And that dessert! Oh, how delicious. Everything is so pretty.

Happy Tablescape Thursday!

Pondside said...

I remember, before I was married, a neighbour hosted a bridal luncheon for me. She was French and her little girl met me at the door with a bouquet of pansies saying 'Pensées pour la pensée'.
Your setting is as delicious-looking as your menu!

Johanna said...

Very cute idea. I love pansies and they look on your table really adorable. I admire that pretty tablecloth and the nice plates. All looks very festive. The meal sounds really delicious.
Greetings, Johanna

Allie and Pattie said...

Such a sweet flower! Martha, those tea cups and plates are just wonderful. And the menu sounds delicious!
xoxo pattie

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I just love pansies! Your table is so pretty and the food sounds sooooo yummy!
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Amy said...

Such a pretty theme. Everything looks just lovely.

Carrie said...

Pansies are one of my favorites--- very pretty!!

A 2 Z said...

I think pansies are the happiest flowers in the world. Even as a child I thought they had smiling faces LOL. The blue and white setting is stunning and of course the menu sounds delish. Thanks for sharing!

Hugs,

Anne-Marie

Mimi said...

Beautiful table, Martha. Pansies are such happy little flowers...

Barbara said...

What a pretty tribute to the wonderful pansy! Ours fade in the heat too. This is just a lovely tablescape.

Rosemary said...

Absoluetly beautiful! Wish I were there!
Nancy

Bernideen said...

Looking very, very lovely here!

Tricia said...

So, so gorgeous! All your pansy creations are just stunning! I admire your creativity and your style!

Lorrie said...

Pansies were my grandmother's favourite flowers. I always think of her when I see them.

Your table setting is gorgeous, as always.

From the Kitchen said...

Martha, your table and food are breathtakingly beautiful! The cream of lettuce soup looks delicious. I'd love the recipe if you'd care to share.

Best,
Bonnie

xinex said...

Your pansies are so beautiful , Martha and they are making the table extra special. I love your dishes too....Christine

Cass @ That Old House said...

Martha, this is really lovely. First -- LOVE the Quaker Lace cloth. I have one very similar, but have misplaced it in all our moves -- it's got to be here somewhere!

And the delicate violets on the dishes -- just stunning. (I forgive you for not using "our" china, this is so beautiful.)

Cream of lettuce soup? that sounds wonderful. My mother used to do cream of cabbage, probably not nearly as delicate a flavor!

All lovely! -- Cass

Cass @ That Old House said...

PS Me again... last year, I cut our basket of pansies WAY back in July when they collapsed, and they came back in August, full of blooms! It was not a very hot summer here in '09, maybe that was why, but I'd try it again . . . if I had a pot of pansies this year.

Cass

lindaraxa said...

I love lemon poppyseed cake and that is a beautiful presentation!

paperbutterfly said...

I love your ideas. Pansies are a favorite of mine. Soup served i teacups was beautiful.

Have a great week.
Pam

Tracy F. said...

Love the blue and white, and the pansies are a delightful touch!