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 6, 2012

THE Garden Tour

Today was the day.    The first private garden tour for our Master Gardeners and Garden Club.    Twenty-two guests arrived on Dolly the Trolley ten minutes ahead of schedule.    But I was ready.   

 To be up, bed made, house cleaned and garden weeded before 8 a.m. is quite an accomplishment.    We are used to much lazier mornings at Linderhof.    

But  9 a.m. tour means that both house and garden need to be tour ready before the guests arrive and any guest to Linderhof is also offered a beverage and a nosh.

They're here!

The garden at Linderhof -- the first stop on the tour.  

Once unloaded we all headed to the back garden.     A small garden to be sure, is the garden at Linderhof.    But I explained the different herbs.    The lavender is in great display now and its scent is amazing and the bees were busy flitting from flower to flower (somewhere there will be some good lavender honey) and hardly noticed that the garden filled with people.

For ease and so the guests could use all of the chairs in the garden, I served the food inside.    Not tea and cookies at 9:30 but coffee and madeleines.

Breakfast room ready and waiting.

I rarely buy paper cups and the Spode Blue Room and Blue Italian cups (sans saucers) were perfect for morning coffee.

An old gravy boat is a perfect spoon holder for the used ones can go in the gravy boat under plate!
The centerpiece fitting a garden tour.    Lavender blossoms and oregano in a Blue Italian pitcher.

And since it is a garden tour and since it is morning, lemon lavender madeleines.  

Lemony, lavender madeleines

Topped with a lemon lavender glaze.     Some took two, but I really wasn't counting!

I did agonize over what to serve because it was going to be both men and women -- and I was going to do this and then I was going to do that and then I was back to this.  

Then I thought, breakfast probably hasn't been that far away and a smaller nosh is needed.    It is a garden tour and most, if any, have probably never had a lavender sweet.  

While mulling this over, I happened upon the latest issue of Tea Time and found a recipe for strawberry madeleines.    And it made 48!    And the baking time was only 5 minutes!

After getting up early, cleaning house, weeding the garden, I made the madeleines.     They were delicious with my additions of lemon and lavender.    In fact, I liked them better than the recipe I normally use!    So this will be my new "go to" madeleine recipe!

The recipe as I made them:


4 large eggs
3/4 c. sugar
1 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1/8 t. salt
1/2 c. butter, melted and cooled
grated zest of 2 lemons
1 1/2 T. dried culinary lavender


1/2 c. powdered sugar
Enough lavender syrup to make a thin glaze
grated zest of 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 350.    Spray wells of 4 madeleine pans with Baker's Joy.   Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs and sugar.    Beat at high speed until pale and fluffy, 5 minutes.    Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.    Add half of flour mixture to egg mixture.    Beat at medium speed until incorporated.    Add remaining flour mixture.    Gradually add butter, beating until well blended.    Add lemon zest and lavender buds.    Let stand for 5 minutes.

Spoon 1 T. batter into each prepared well of madeleine pans.    Bake until light golden, 5 minutes.    Remove madeleines from molds and cool completely on wire racks.   

Mix powdered sugar and lavender syrup to make a thin glaze (if you don't have lavender syrup you could use milk).    Add lemon zest.    Pour about 1 t. over each madeleine.

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


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

I'm sure everyone love your treats and to see the garden. That is early though to be ready for the masses!

Bookie said...

Sounds like you had a great day. Your treat was just right. I don't have madeleine pans...maybe I should look into that...I did make some lavendar cookies once..and a lavendar pound cake...

Deserae said...

Wow,the garden weeded and house cleaned and show worthy by 8am is quite an accomplishment!!! Your table vignette was so pretty too....and the treats look so delicious!

Mimi said...

WHAt a great day!!!A lovely tour I am sure...great garden......I bet it does smell divine!!!And coffee and cookies are perfect!!!I am sure everyone had a great time
hugs to you,

Savannah Granny said...

Goodness. The thought of being up, doing all that you did and THEN making madeleines just blows my mind. I probably couldn't do that in two or three days.
I think that means your knees are doing well and that is good.
Awesome recipe. I will ty this for Bunco and Garden Club. Did I miss the recipe for lavender syrup?
I bet that was a happy bunch of tourists.
Have a great day.

Rowan said...

You must have been up at the crack of dawn to get all that done before 9am! The lemon lavender madeleines sound delicious so I shall be buying a madeleine pan and trying them at some point.v

Pondside said...

It's so nice to be back visiting Linderhof! Your garden must have been a highlight of the tour. I feel as though I was there!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Martha, I can always count on you to show your beautiful blue dishes. I loved seeing the gravy boat as a spoon holder. The lavender/lemon madeleines sound perfect for a garden tour. I'm sure everyone enjoyed your hospitality.

Kathleen said...

I just found my mom's madelines shells. I will try your recipe sans lavender.

Bonnie said...

What a great treat to see your garden and have delightful food for your guests served so pretty with my favorite blue and white.

podso said...

What a wonderful first stop! I'm sure you ready to rest a bit now!

Bernideen said...

Oh wow - I love this recipe and would have loved being on this tour!

Tea Party said...
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Tea Party said...

Dear Martha, I so enjoy your blog and the joy you share! THE Garden Tour was pretty exciting and all ready by 9:00 AM, I'm amazed!! The madeleines were beautiful, I look forward to trying them...

On Crooked Creek said...

What a "perfect" treat to serve on your Garden Tour @ Linderhof! I can envision the aroma sifting through your breakfast room!!! What a welcoming first stop!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden, home and cooking with us!

Marigene said...

How nice to offer those yummy looking madeleines with a fresh brewed cup of coffee!

lindaraxa said...

Now I know what else to do with the lemon lavender I have growing in the garden. these look divine now, if only I could find my madelaine pan!