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, July 21, 2010

Reprise -- A Provencal Luncheon

My healing continues -- I have graduated from walker to cane to "nothing" and that is a great feeling!

But, alas having company for lunch or dinner will be a while yet.

This was a favorite luncheon that I did last summer -- it is full of summer colors and the luncheon was full of summer flavors. It is one of my favorite tables of all times!


It's too hot for luncheon in the garden but a Provencal luncheon is just the thing to beat the heat.

The lavender is blooming profusely and I'm making wands or bottles of as much of it as I can -- the perfect centerpiece instead of flowers. And what better addition to the centerpiece of a Provencal table than a big bowl of lemons!
At Linderhof the dishes are always blue and white (or white edged with gold) and the blue and white goes well with the sunny yellow of the tablecloth. I set the table in the European style with the cutlery face down. A menu, of course, at each place and the napkins in my silver napkin rings.
The soup in little blue and white covered tureens from Nell Hills. Soup in the heat of summer? Ah, yes, a cold soup -- chilled cucumber soup garnished with a shower of garden chives.
Cool and refreshing and the perfect way to start a summer luncheon.
Dessert is an old favorite -- a German torten made with fresh peaches. A perfect way to end a Provencal luncheon.

Please join my friend Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see the other great tables set up for this Thursday.

27 comments:

Rose H (UK) said...
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Rose H (UK) said...

I'm glad to read that your recovery is continuing well, though I'm sure it can be frustrating for you at times.

The 'Provencal Luncheon' is a perfect table setting, and the food looks delicious!

podso said...

The soup looks wonderful, as does the dessert, and of course how beautifully the table is laid out.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Glad to hear of your progress. Stay cool!!

Sherry said...

So glad you are doing better. Love your table. I love the lavender and the colors you have used. The bowl of lemons is so smart too. The soups looks great.
Sherry

Mimi said...

Nice to hear your recovery is going so well. Love the tureens!

marlis said...

Glad you are walking un-aided. Great news. I love the yellow with the lavender. It must have smelled so great! Your Torte is great. Always served with fresh Schlagsahne (whipped cream)... :)

Suz said...

such a pretty table I love those soup tureens....
I wish for you a speedy recovery

Entertaining Women said...

Blue, white, and yellow is my favorite color combination! You've created a charming tablescape, and I think that the individual covered tureens are absolutely charming. Thank you for sharing your design. Hope that you continue to recover quickly and thoroughly! Cherry Kay

Lorrie said...

I'm glad that you are well on the road to full recovery - it does take time, doesn't it?
Your table setting is so pretty, and the menu sounds delicious.

xinex said...

I am glad you are getting better. Your table is beautiful, I love the soup bowls....Christine

Pondside said...

I'm glad to hear that you're mending. Now's the time to take special care, as you feel more and more like yourself and might be tempted to overdo things.
No wonder this is one of your favorite table settings - it's perfect. Wouldn't I love to sit down to eat at this table!?

Johanna said...

Martha,
it is nice to hear that your recovery is going on. Wish you that everything will be o.k. soon.
Your table is very nice. I love provence prints and I agree, what is more summerly than Lavender and lemons. And chilled cucumber soup sounds very yummy at this hot days. You made a pretty peach torte, I love that too (with whipped cream or with cold yoghurt in the summer). Thank you for sharing this.
Greetings, Johanna

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Yum--cold soup and a peach torte sound wonderful right now! I see your byer's choice caroler in the background--don't you just love them? Hope you continue to mend. I am your newest follower so I can keep up to date! Linda

Erica said...

Martha......pretty table. Happy for you that your at 'nothing' .:-)

Barbara said...

I am glad to hear that your recovery is progressing. I didn't know about the custom of having the flatware face down. Very interesting. This color combination always appeals. The food looks wonderful!

craftyles said...

The lavender is beautiful. The food looks delicious and the whole table is so pretty!

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

darling table, hope you are better in no time!

Mary said...

The table looks wonderful Martha. I'm so glad you're continuing to progress. Before you know it, you'll be walking to the top of the Empire State Building. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Lavender and lemons -- how lyrical! Blue and white china always looks fresh, and I love it with the yellow patterned tablecloth you've shown here. The summer menu sounds fantastic, too! Happy continued healing!

Bernideen said...

That torte is really beautiful! Glad to hear things are progressing so well- I hope you have a big stack of wonderful magazines, etc.!

All the Pretty Dishes said...

What a lovely tablescape and what pretty dishes. I'm glad you are feeling better.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

This is my first visit, but I'm still glad to hear of your recovery from what obviously has been a challenge. Your table is beautiful. I love the lavendar...we have just planted our second batch of it as the first didn't make it. We've never grown it and it doesn't seem to like our house much!

Dining Delight said...

Happy 100th week of TT to you! Glad to see this lovely repeat of a fabulous tablescape! Love the china and the yellow looks so cheery! The food makes my mouth water!

DD

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh my! Does that soup look wonderful! Hope your recovery will go smoothly and quickly -- what a pretty table you've set Provencal style! Love those dishes and that wonderful tablecloth. Beautiful!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Lovely tablescape! I love lavender...so pretty in your provencal table setting. :-)
Glad you are doing better! Yay, for progress, sweet friend!
Susan

The Tablescaper said...

So glad you are progressing and feeling better.I had missed this prior post so it's wonderful that you reposted.

Hope to see you at Summer Sundays.

- The Tablescaper