Back in the day, they were called "Secretaries" -- and way back in the day they were male! But today they're not secretaries but "Administrative Assistant's" and they are a valuable member of any business for it is they who keeps the business running smoothly.
And I should know, for early in my career, I was first a Secretary and then a Legal Secretary. It was I who keep the office running smoothly. And that was in the day before computers! Perfect typing skills were important as a legal secretary for on important legal documents "erasures" were not allowed!
And so, I was glad to welcome friend Joyce and her staff for an Administrative Assistant's Day luncheon at Linderhof.
For her, and her girls . . .
The dining room table set with a damask cloth . . .
Fresh flowers from the garden -- all in yellow and white -- roses and honeysuckle.
Napkins of yellow damask in silver napkin rings, a menu for each place, and my blue and white Spode.
A pretty table for some really special women!
And the menu?
Creamy basil and tomato soup. The basil from the pinchings of my basil plants to be planted in the herb garden. The secret of the soup is buttermilk which makes for a creamy soup but a soup with a tart tang.
A quiche of ham and asparagus and green onion and lots of cheese.
All lined up on the island and ready to go to the table. A salad of mixed baby greens with Linderhof vinaigrette and corn madelines -- rosemary corn made lines.
And for dessert?
Warm chocolate molten cake topped with whipped cream ( to which I added a smudge of Grand Marnier) and a garden pansy.
It was a fun luncheon and a great afternoon. One of the "girls" was an old old friend -- husband Jim had hired her when he managed the McDonald's in the town 20 miles east of us -- when she was just 16! We hadn't seen her in a long time and it was fun to make a connection again!
The chocolate molten cake is chocolate decadence but so easy to make! If you've ever sailed on a Carnival ship, you've had their Chocolate Melting Cake for dessert -- it's the same cake!
CHOCOLATE MOLTEN CAKE
4 squares unsweetened chocolate
1/2 c. butter
2 egg yolks
1 cup powdered sugar
6 T. flour
Preheat oven to 425. Spray custard cups with Pam and set aside. Melt butter and chocolate in microwave for 1 minute. Stir to make sure chocolate is melted. Add eggs and egg yolks. Stir in powdered sugar. Add flour. Divide batter among the four custard cups. Bake 13 to 17 minutes until the top is done and the cake pulls away from the sides. Upturn onto a dessert plate (the cake should plop out) and serve with whipped cream or ice cream. (Some melting of the cream will occur).
It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. I wonder how many "Administrative Assistant" tables there will be today!
And I'm joining Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish.
And I'm joining Miz Helen for Full Plate Thursday!