The Lunch Bunch
A group of women who have become dear friends
over the last 13 years as once a month we meet for lunch
And usually at Linderhof
It was my idea --
For I love to try new recipes
And have an appreciative audience to serve them to
Our first lunch of 2013, at Linderhof . . .
In the dining room this winter,
because the breakfast room is too full of plants
And then, I thought, as I was setting the table
that perhaps we should lunch more often in the dining room
For it seems more proper
No tablecloth, but a lacy runner
And matching placemats
It lets the glow of the wood shine through
My Aynsley old Pembroke plates, Jim's grandmother's silver, white damask napkins in silver napkin rings, the French water goblets . . . and, of course, a menu!
The centerpiece, three of the hyacinths that I'm forcing that are budded and almost ready to bloom.
And two wee lead birds -- which were a Christmas gift from The Lunch Bunch
(and in the background . . . a Christmas poinsettia still leads color to the dining room!)
The Menu at each place
Carrot and coriander soup to start
served in Spode Famille Rose cups with a garnish of cilantro
Creamy Herb Baked Chicken
(from Sweet Remembrances Recipe Collection cookbook that I bought from Sweet Remembrances Tea Room) (Nancy shares a blog with her sister -- visit them at The Rosemary House)
salad of mixed baby greens with vinaigrette
Cookbooks on the island -- the ones I used for the chicken and dessert.
Ina's Pear, Apple and Cranberry Crisp
Still warm from the oven
Served on a Royal Stafford Rock Bird plate
A small Waterford pitcher holds heavy cream
Which was perfect poured over the crisp.