Two dear friends from the little town 20 miles East
joined me for lunch last week
As has been my custom of late,
luncheon was served in the dining room
With the noon day sun filling the room with light
A hand embroidered square cloth that I bought in the Azores served as the cloth
Wedgwood Cuckoo plates
White cloth napkins in silver rings
Hyacinths in forcing vases
And the wee iron birds were the centerpiece
For a pretty "almost spring" table
Dessert service awaited on the sideboard
(which is why you don't clutter the sideboard with too much "stuff")
A simple menu
Tomato soup from the tomatoes I canned last summer
With a few garlic cheese croutons for "crunch"
A wonderful lemon basil chicken pasta dish
Alas, the basil not from the garden or windowsill
but rather from the market
With a salad of mixed baby greens
And herbal biscuits
And the dessert?
A cherry almond tart
With the Morello cherries I bought at Trader Joe's
ringed with sliced almonds
Arranged over a filling of marscapone cheese
It's an updated version of the old classic
"cherry cheese pie"
And with a cup of coffee
A slice made a fitting end to a lovely meal.
But we lingered,
before they bid their goodbyes\