Our day begins after breakfast. Some days Husband Jim joined cronies for coffee and breakfast. On those days, I take my tea and the paper and Ollie and I sit in the breakfast room while I read the headlines and work the crossword. My breakfast follows -- sometimes a boiled or poached egg and toast, sometimes yogurt and other times cereal. A "just me" breakfast is often simple!
Today after breakfast and the dishes, I got busy finishing up a new project . . .
|Prunes, Armagnac, simple syrup -- all ready.|
Prunes in Armagnac. I have had great success with my apricot liqueur and when I read about the prunes, I was curious. With a bottle of Armagnac in the cellar and prunes in the larder. . .
It was a "whole" day project. Last night I steeped some tea (chamomile) and set the prunes to soak. This morning, I drained the prunes and while they were draining, I made a simple syrup of 1/2 cup water and a cup of sugar. I let that cool. I added the prunes to the jar, poured the simple syrup over and added about 3 cups of the Armagnac. They are to steep in a dark and cool place (the cellar) for a couple of weeks.
There's a prune and apple dessert that I'm anxious to try as well as an Armagnac prune clafouti.
It's down cellar now where the prunes will soak up the Armagnac.
I decided to make a cake this morning as well. A Swedish tea cake for tea this afternoon.
|Mrs. Patrick's Swedish Cake -- Mrs. Patrick was Swedish but her husband wasn't -- it's an old family recipe.|
A simple cake. Requiring one bowl and a whisk so clean up was easy. A shower of powdered sugar when it was out of the pan and cool.
Monday is always cleaning day at Linderhof and often, I do some rearrangements as I take everything off tables to clean.
The top of the Asian cabinet that holds our television.
|I change this often -- perhaps because I stare at it when I watch TV and tire of it quickly.|
A blown glass vase, a lampe berger, a wonderful old Buillotte lamp, a Jefferson weather forecaster, a bronze bird and a globe. The last two items stacked on top of a couple of coffee table books. Our "Vango" makes the perfect background.
Prunes in Armagnac made, cake made, rearrangements done and the house clean, it was time for a cup of tea.
|With a promise of a slice of cake, Husband Jim decided to have afternoon tea|
With a freshly baked cake as tea food, Husband Jim joined me this afternoon. (He doesn't always!)
And since the heat has returned to the prairie -- no porch nor garden but the breakfast room where we can watch the antics of the birds who have returned to the feeders. We've not seen the hawk since yesterday afternoon -- perhaps he's returned to his home!
|Real cups and saucers, a teapot for the tea and a pedestal for the cake -- even though it was "just us"!|
It's a Blue Italian kind of day -- cake plates, cups and saucers and tea pot. Even the dried hydrangeas are in a Blue Italian pitcher!
The cake is easy but it is a European cake so it's more rich than sweet. But we like that kind of cake with tea. It seems to go better with tea (or coffee) , we think, than layer cakes with lots of buttercream!
Mrs. Patrick's Swedish Cake
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter
1 1/2 c. flour
1 T. cardamon
Preheat oven to 350.
Beat eggs with the sugar. Add melted butter, flour and cardamon.
Pour batter into a greased and floured 9 inch round cake tin.
Bake for 40 minutes. Check cake. When it is light brown, turn off oven and let cake cool in oven.
Cut in wedges and serve.