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.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Feasts

It's Christmas
A Day of Feasting

That "Feasting" begins early

as breakfast is on the sideboard
coffee to the left . . .

Stollen to the right

And ever since Daughter Sarah moved to Minneapolis, there's been a Kringle as well
but she and Andy flew in . . early
So we were back to Stollen only for Christmas breakfast.

Always bought -- never made
(although I have looked at recipes)

On the sideboard
Quick trips to refill coffee cups and snag another piece of stollen slathered in butter
while we open gifts.

Not too much breakfast
For there is Christmas Dinner
But enough -- just enough to stave off the hunger pangs.

After presents, 
After the sack of discarded wrapping paper
(some ribbons are saved for next year)

We get busy in the kitchen

The table was set the day before
With the Christmas china, of course!

A silver bowl full of Christmas greens and red and white flowers
The two glass sleighs full of antique Christmas ornaments

The Christmas china
Royal Doulton's Tartan
(bought actually 20 years ago on a trip to England at the factory -- in the seconds shop -- 8 plates, 8 cups, 8 saucers -- for $12!    Sigh -- why didn't I buy 24?)

The salad plates are Lenox holiday that look well with the Tartan
Jim's grandmother's cutlery
And a damask napkin in a silver ring

The menu?

With the glut of Harry and David pears, the wonderful
roasted pear salad from Ina Garten
It's fantastic!
(And was Daughter Sarah's favorite part of the meal)

A roasted pork loin with a roasted onion and balsamic vinegar sauce
And roasted Brussels sprouts

Emeril's cornbread and andouille sausage dressing
(It's become the traditional Christmas dressing because it goes so well with pork)

And for dessert?

A pear tart awaits on the sideboard.
(That glut of Harry and David pears)
Not a found recipe but one I created.

Both Sarah and Andy thought it fabulous.
Andy so much so that he had a second piece!

Simple -- pear, cream and a bit of sugar in a pastry crust.
Served on Lenox holiday

(We bought double the amount of the Lenox because you can use them for both salad and dessert -- friend Shirley Ann was the wise one who  told me this tip)

And later . . . after dinner . . . and a nap for some . . . and a rousing game of Monopoly for others

And with the living room cleaned up a bit from the
madness that was Christmas present unwrapping

We have a Christmas tea

Lenox holiday tea plates, Royal Doulton Tartan cups and saucers, tea napkins and tea spoons

With not much luck at breakfast or dinner, Dolly sees food at her level and is running to see if she can snag a bite or two!

The silver tea pot and tea kettle
and my newest Christmas creamer and sugar

And on the curate,
Mince pies made just for tea
And slices of fruitcake

We play a lot of carols on Christmas Day
While we open presents
While we eat dinner
While we take tea

I love the carols of Christmas
And especially like the service of Nine Lessons and Carols
from King's College in Cambridge
Heard on Christmas Eve morn on NPR

And then the service of carols and candles that night, Christmas Eve

It's Thursday and I'm sharing my Christmas Feasting with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch, with Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish, and with The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.


Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Beautiful post! Gorgeous china.
Hope you had a dazzling Christmas.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

A Very Happy New Year to you and yours!

Greetings from Singapore~ Sanghamitra

Beth said...

Hi Martha, You made Christmas memorable! But then, you always treat your guests with fantastic food and lovely table settings. The stuff of which memories are made! I wish you and your family peace, joy, faith, love, and good health in 2013 and beyond. ~ Beth

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Looks like a wonderful Christmas time in your beautiful home. Now I am hungry after seeing all the great food.

Judy Biggerstaff said...

So festive, so beautiful, love your table. Your food looks delish.

Southerncook said...

Your Christmas day sounded perfect.


Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

What a yummy Christmas. Love the whole menu!!! The pork loin looked delicious!!! Looks like you had a very "full" Christmas :)

Alycia Nichols said...

Twenty years ago our heads just weren't in the same place as they are now. I understand wanting to kick yourself for not buying more of that fabulous china at that practically unheard of price. I have made similar gaffes in the recent past, and I am still shaking my head in disbelief! Everything looks beautiful, though, and the food...scrumptious!!! That dressing in particular...mmmmmm!!! I'm glad you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with your family, and I wish you a very safe and joyous New Year across the state line! :-)

Maria C said...

Spectacular food! The pork roast looks fabulous, especially paired with the Brussels sprouts. That pair tart does sound delicious, too! Everything looks wonderful!

Pondside said...

It sounds lovely Martha, and not unlike what happens here. Most years it's cinnamon buns and coffee on the sideboard, but this year, with just two of us in the morning, we opted for butter croissants and marmalade sent from England.
Your table is very pretty - 1wise of you to buy double the Lennox

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Sounds like a great Christmas!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Everything looks wonderful Martha and laid out so nicely with Christmas china. The roast pork and vegetables look delicious and then I came to the tea - my, you entertain thoughtfully and generously.
Happy New Year.

The Tablescaper said...

Love the Lenox and plaid together.

Merry Christmas.

- The Tablescaper

Marigene said...

Gorgeous tartan plates!

Meredith said...

Absolutely beautiful. What an amazing find! I love all your traditional elements. So timeless.

On Crooked Creek said...

What marvelous memories for years to come of this 2012 Christmas past!!! Your tablescape for Christmas is exquisite!!! Fun to see Dolly in her first Christmas @ Linderhof!!! I think your breakfast and tea sound a wonderful part of family Tradition. Your Christmas Menu was divine!!!
Have a Happy New Year, dear friend!