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 20, 2012

Lunch With The Girls

Every month "the ladies" whom I call The Lunch Bunch comes to Linderhof.     It's a relaxing lunch, I'm often trying new dishes.    It's fun to work on the table setting as well.

And this Tuesday . . . . they came

A reflection of a table setting and the centerpiece in the mirror between the windows of the breakfast room.

Rattan charges, hotel silver cutlery, Spode Blue Room plates and my favorite water glasses with a Spode blue and white pitcher filled with "stolen" hydrangeas.    You may have seen them before.   I like to get mileage out of my flowers!

The menu -- a late spring, Farmer's Market/herb garden food fit for a ladies lunch.

Cool and creamy leek soup with parsley and thyme, garnished with thyme sprigs.    (leeks from the Farmer's market (50 cents each!), herbs from the garden)

Chicken tarragon with a salad of mixed baby greens with lemon vinaigrette.     (tarragon from the herb garden)

Creme brûlée.    Plain old fashioned creme brûlée.    Garnished with garden mint.    A cool refreshing dessert on a hot late spring day.

I love the table after everyone is gone and before I clear.    It shows that a good time was had by all!    And hardly a crumb remained!

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


william said...

Martha, what a pretty table and how nice your garden looks through the windows. I love your menu and also like the simplicity of serving the soup in the teacups. You make everything look so easy and you inspire me!


Tricia said...

Your home always looks so inviting! I love the new header -- or maybe I just haven't visited since you changed it! The ladies' lunch looked scrumptious -- and perfect for a warm day. I know your guests felt special enjoying it at your pretty table!

Bookie said...

Everything looks wonderful, but I never heard of leek soup served chilled. Interesting!

Pondside said...

Now you have me longing for some vichyssoise!
Like you, I always enjoy a well-used, well-enjoyed after-the-meal table!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Who could not resist one of your wonderful meals! Love how you use herbs.

podso said...

Yes I loved seeing your "after" table. the menu sounded delicious. I like leek soup but never tried it chilled before. Sounds promising!

Bernideen said...

Martha- you have done it again- another masterful success!

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Those water goblets are gorgeous! I love the look of soup in your blue and white cups/saucers. What a great way to serve a chilled soup.

Marlis said...

Chilled leek soup.. must try that one. I love how pretty your table is. The blues and whites look so lovely in the summer. I bet all your guests felt extremely pampered. xo marlis

Diane said...

Fabulous luncheon setting and meal!
I love the way you paired the more formal Spode with the rustic chargers - beautiful! Creme Brulee is my favorite dessert - wish I had some right now!

On Crooked Creek said...

Magnificient tablescape and late Spring menu! Time spent with friends has to be the best!!!

Barbara said...

Soup looks good.