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, September 7, 2011

A Porch Brunch

The menu for Brunch -- one for each guest
The Lunch Bunch comes monthly -- usually the third Tuesday of the month but . . . . July and August were a "zoo" as each week it seemed one of us was going somewhere far far away and our motto is "one for all and all for one" so . . . we postponed July and August was almost as bad for we couldn't figure out a date until . . . a Monday would do but wait, Joyce had a doctor's appointment in the city -- but it was late -- if we could move lunch up a bit . . . and so I say "how about brunch" and brunch it was!!!!

I've been wanting to do brunch for a while now and a 10 a.m. time gave me the perfect opportunity.   My original menu for August (with a main course of ratatouille strudel) was put on hold and I searched cookbooks for the perfect dishes to serve.

The table on the porch awaiting my guests.

And, thankfully, the triple digits had subsided and the forecast was for a much milder day and so I decided to serve breakfast on our screened porch.

The table waiting for the guests to arrive

My blue and white Spode Blue Italian are the perfect dishes for a brunch.    I even have matching cups and saucers!

A perfectly set brunch table with my Grandmothers silver pot holding coffee.

With yellow in the tablecloth, a bouquet of yellow mums are the perfect flower to plop in a Spode Blue Italian pitcher.     Napkins in red and white add a second pattern to the table.    The napkins (and a runner) were a gift from a very dear friend!

It was a wonderful way to begin a day and soon Joyce was off to keep her appointment and Sally and JoAnn lingered over a second (no, wait -- third) cup of coffee before they bid goodbye.

The food:

Apricot coffee cake

Apricot coffee cake made with my "special" dried apricots.    We all pronounced it wonderful!   It makes a 9 x 13 but I made two rounds so I have one for another day!

Freshly baked croissants

I am not enamored with store croissants -- they're more spongy than flaky but freshly baked croissants . . . that is a different story and the ones from Trader Joe's are excellent!    I shall always have a box in the freezer!

Sarah's Fruit Salad
Daughter Sarah often helps me menu plan and she suggested this fruit salad -- actually it's not really the fruit used but the dressing that goes on the salad -- it's yummy and after we finished the fruit, we all finished the dressing with a spoon!!!    For the fruit I used blueberries, raspberries and a Farmer's Market cantaloup.

Fruit salad, baked eggs with leeks and tarragon and roasted cherry tomatoes

The main course was baked eggs with leeks and tarragon.    Leeks, however, are sometimes missing from the markets on the prairie and so I substituted green onions.   It was really really good and I think I would always use the green onions instead of the pricier leeks whenever I make this recipe.    It's not a quiche, it's not a frittata, it's not a baked omelet -- it's just baked eggs and was it ever good!

It's Thursday and time to join Susan at Between Naps On the Porch to see all the fun tables this Thursday!


Amy said...

Everything looks just lovely from the lovely table to the delicious menu! I wish I lived near you. I would bribe you some how to invite me to one of your yummy gatherings!

On Crooked Creek said...

Heavenly, fresh air with such a light and refreshing menu! A perfect combination on the Prairie! Your brunch looks divine!

Linda Jennings said...

Everything is beautiful!! I love entertaining with brunch. Would you consider sharing your baked eggs recipe?

Anonymous said...

Oh Martha! That shot of the porch and table is incredible. What a wonderful table!

Meredith said...

Your meal looks delicious and Spode Blue Italian is definitely one of my favorites. It's just so beautiful!

Marlis said...

Martha, one day I hope to possess your skill in the kitchen and your beauty setting a table.. Your food sounds like everything I would love and my mouth is watering. Your blue and white spode is perfect on the backdrop you chose.. So lovely. xo marlis

Unknown said...

It is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

The Barnett Family said...

I see we both have a love for the blue and white transferware! I love Spode dishes. I "wedding" china is Pink Tower by Spode. I wish we had a Trader Joe close by....the nearest one is about 1 1/2 away! Love your grandmother's tea pot....don't you just love using things that remind you of your loved ones! Thanks for stopping by!

Entertaining Women said...

The menu items continued the wonderful colors picked up in the tablecloth. My daughter also has the Spode Blue Italian. I want to show her how marvelous it looks with the colors that you chose for your brunch. Thank you for sharing your elegant design. Cherry Kay

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

The egg dish looks delicious. I have a few recipes that are called baked eggs and I've always wondered what the consistency and texture might be. I don't know why I haven't tried one of them but reading about yours makes me think I'll have to pull out my cooking books to look for some of those recipes.
I have never heard of ratatouille strudel. Sounds interesting.
Your table setting is lovely. I love the pattern in the tablecloth and it looks wonderful paired with Spode Italian. I like blue and red together and love the pop of the mums.
Wish I could have brunch there with you. It sounds so delicous!


Nellie's Cozy Place said...

Hi Martha,
Looks like a lovely lovely brunch to me. I have never heard of baked eggs, but sure looks great, and have never tried roasting tomatoes, I roast a lot of other veggies, so am surely gonna have to try that!
Pretty table with all your blue and white dishware, very charming!
Blessings, Nellie

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi Martha,so glad you stopped by today.I love company !
Your table is dear to my heart,I love blue and white.Your dishes are beautiful. I love spode.
Come again anytime.

Alycia Nichols said...

Beautiful!!! And thank you for the tip about the croissants at Trader Joe's. We just had 2 of those stores to open here in the Kansas City area, and I have not yet visited. When I do, however, you can bet those croissants will be on my shopping list!

Rettabug said...

So wonderfully colorful, Martha...I know your "Lunch Bunch" felt very special, being treated so well. Your table is gorgeous & I love the yellow with your pretty blues.

I must go hunt down your recipe for ratatouille strudel, which sounds very enticing! I hope its on your blog somewhere.


Martha said...

Nellie --

The roasted cherry or grape tomatoes are like eating tomato candy -- they are soooo good!!!

Martha said...

Alycia -- that's where my Trader Joe's is -- KC -- about 1 1/2 hours away -- but every time I go north, I manage to stop -- they have some wonderful products!

Martha said...

Rettabug -- the recipe for the strudel is NOT on my blog for I've never made it -- I just was going to but changing our monthly lunch to brunch changed all of that and I thought long and hard about using the strudel as part of the brunch but just couldn't work out a good menu IMO in my mind so eggs won out!


Oh, you shoul've call me for this! Wow, what a gorgeous table, I love your blue Italian transfer china, I also love yellow with blue, pretty tabletopper and yellow flowers...perfect! Hugs, FABBY

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

You are such a gracious hostess; how blessed your friends are to be a part of your life.

Of course I love that blue and white table scape since I am a huge fan of blue and white. The food looks extra yummy, too.

Karin Şen Cankan said...

Such a beautiful table.

The food and the table looks great.

I wish I could be there.

Karin Şen Cankan