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, June 13, 2012

A Garden Dinner

We love having company both summer and winter.    And I do like the formality that seems to be winter entertaining but I embrace the casualness of the entertaining we do in spring and summer.

On the patio -- before it gets too hot -- and although we have a table topped with a tablecloth, often plates, napkins and cutlery are on the baker's rack to be picked up by the diners.

My rose geranium adds a bit of green to the plate table.

Blue and white plates which were actually bought for garden use.    Johnson Brothers Asiatic Pheasant.   Blue napkins also bought for garden use but used more than any of my other napkins for I love the texture of the napkins as well as the blue color.     Cutlery is rolled inside.      All placed on a tray which makes them easier to tote to the garden.

Ollie got a whole appetizer that I foolishly dropped!

The tablecloths are William Sonoma yellow with blue butterflies.    I've had them for several years, they launder well and I love the sunny yellow color.    They go well with the blue and white plates and blue napkins.    You can still get them at Williams Sonoma.     Although I considered them pricey, I really feel that they are worth it.

Oliver feels that the best place for him when we have company is under the table.    You can keep your eye out for any drops or spills and if he's quiet we forget he's there and he's safe to forage -- if he remembers that I'm not the easy touch Husband Jim is.

Dinner was easy and seasonal.    From the Farmer's Market

Healthy vegetables ready to grill.

Big green onions, purple cauliflower, broccoli, yellow squash, zucchini and new potatoes and a green pepper or two.    Several cloves of garlic were interspersed among the vegetables and branches of rosemary on top.     In a big wire basket to be placed on the grill.

Easy but good risotto.

Risotto with garden peas and spring onions.   It's Ina's baked risotto which is a great way to make risotto when you have company -- you're out with your guests rather than stirring rice in the kitchen.

Guests were warned not  to eat until after the picture was taken.

The grate topped table holds the food.   Husband Jim smoked pork tenderloins which were perfectly cooked -- oh, so tender!

A great garden dessert.

Dessert was a blackberry time favorite -- Sally's Fresh Blackberry Tart.    The recipe found long ago on a PBS Saturday Morning Michael Chiarello Show.    Copied and saved for years before I decided to give it a try -- we now make it yearly.   It is sooo good!    Especially with a good plop of whipped cream!


For the crust:

2 cups flour
1/2 cup finely ground almonds (or almond flour)
1 heaping tablespoon brown sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 pound cold butter, cut into small cubes
5 to 6 T. ice water

For the filling:

6 cups blackberries
1/2 c. flour
pinch salt
1 1/2 c. sugar
6 T. butter, small cubes
Juice of 3 lemons
1 T. finely chopped lemon zest
1 T. brown sugar

For crust:   In large mixing bowl, mix the flour, almond meal, brown sugar and salt together.    Rub the butter into the flour mixture.    Add the ice water and gently knead until dough comes together.     Wrap in plastic and form in flat disc about 1 inch thick.    Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400.

Sprinkle flour on the countertop and roll out the dough to an even thickness, round shape.    Place dough round in a 10 inch tart pan with removable bottom.    Fold any edges inside, forming a thicker crust.    Leae the dough a bit longer than the edges of the tart pan to allow for shrinking during cooking.    Line the inside of the crust with parchment paper or foil.    Pour in beans or pie weights filling to the edges.    Bake about 20 minutes or until bottom begins to look cooked.    Let cool.    Remove the beans and foil.

For tart:    Toss the berries with the flour, salt, sugar, butter and lemon juice and zest.    Stir in the brown sugar.    Place the fruit in a saute pan over medium heat and cook just until a sauce is formed.    Place the fruit in the baked crust and bake for about 40 minutes or until the fruit bubbles and juice thickens.

Remove from oven and cool for 2 hours before slicing.

It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


Aledia said...

Love your blue & white dishes and your fur baby is beautiful! I have never tried to make risotto, I've always heard that it is a hard dish to prepare. I guess I just need to try it and see for myself!

Have a wonderful night!
Aledia @ Plum Perfect

Veronica said...

Looks absolutely scrumptious! I love your blog by the way!

podso said...

Lovely and a delicious looking meal! I know what you mean about the difference in indoor/winter and outdoor/summer. I love both.

Priscilla said...

Oh, don't you love rose Geraniums? I thought mine had not survived our very cold winter, but recently I noticed it is starting to push out nice new green leaves. Brave dear Rosie!

On Crooked Creek said...

Lovely Garden Dinner! So~o~o...that's how you get the photos of the food, huh? It doesn't work here On Crooked Creek. Smoked pork tenderloins sounds delicious...and fresh grilled vegetables...YuM! Enjoy these last few days of Spring before the heat of Summer is upon us!!!

Rowan said...

That all looks really good, I like the idea of a baked risotto and the smoked pork tendeloin sounds delicious.

lindaraxa said...

I like the almond in the crust. I think this will be the dessert for a dinner party next week!

Beth said...

Martha, the tart looks fantastic! I will have LOTS of blackberries this year and am saving this recipe for when they ripen! Thanks for sharing it. Have a great wknd!

Michelle said...

Yum! Love your blue & white plates with the rolled up cutlery on the baker's rack and all the food looks so delish. Also love your phrase, "plop of whipped cream!"
As always, I know I can find so much inspiration at Linderhof!
xo, Michelle