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, March 13, 2013

An Irish Farmhouse Lunch

It's Saint Patrick's Day
or almost
And I'm celebrating
this "everyone is Irish" holiday
by having friends
for an
Irish Farmhouse Lunch

The table in the dining room is set for guests
It's an Irish Farmhouse Luncheon
And so I set the table as an Irish Farm Wife might.

Blue and White English transferware at each place
Irish linen napkins in silver napkin rings
A kitchen glass for water
An individual menu for each guest

Orange tulips pay homage to the Irish flag
in an Irish Waterford vase
A lace tablecloth anchors the table

I love the moments when everything is ready
Just before the guests come!

The table is perfect
Celtic music is playing softly in the background

The menu?

Pimento cheese sandwiches
made from Irish cheddar

Cut into triangles reminiscent of a shamrock
garnished with a rose geranium leaf

Creamy potato and rosemary soup
With red pepper and green onion
garnished with a fresh rosemary sprig

A puddle of Bird's Custard into which is
set a piece of fresh apple cake.

Served with tea, of course.

And like the satisfaction of the before,
there is satisfaction in the after.

There was good food and good conversation
And a lovely afternoon
at Linderhof!

And although there was not a lot of "Irish" on the table
There was a lot of "Irish" around it!
For all of my guests were either Irish or had married an Irishman!

We're looking forward to Sunday and St. Patrick's Day
when we'll be "wearing the green" and eating corned beef and cabbage!

It's Thursday and I'm joining Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish, St. Patrick's Style, and dear Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


Lynn said...

Your table is beautiful Martha, love that gorgeous tablecloth:@)

Southerncook said...

Oh what a fun luncheon and your table is gorgeous. Your lace tablecloth is exquisite and set beautifully. I bet your guests just absolutely LOVE you. You always have the most amazing luncheons.



First of all..I love your beautiful dining room! Your dishes for chose are lovely, so delicate. Your gorgeous tablecloth brings the setting together perfectly. Some lucky guests to be seated with you Martha. Happy St. Pat's at Let's Dish.

Marlis said...

A gorgeous setting for a special luncheon. Your food always looks so wonderful. You are truly a master chef!! Your tablecloth is very beautiful and fits the setting perfectly.. Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick's day and sending all the good Irish blessings your way.. xo marlis

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

A true Irish meal with all Irish guests! The apple cake looks delicious, and I agree that right before the guest arrive is a very special time, as long as all is ready! I'm sure everyone enjoyed themselves at your beautiful table. Linda

Sarah said...

Always a special treat to get a look at your beautiful dining room. Pretty table, Martha. Thanks for sharing. Happy St. Patrick's Day! ~ Sarah

On Crooked Creek said...

I adore all the Irish elements of your beautiful blue & white St. Patrick's Day Tablescape!!!
We, too, will be serving cornbeef and cabbage on our side of the Prairie!!!

Seaview said...

Top O'the morning ... Your lunch looks fab!
Happy St. Patrick's Day to all at Linderhoff !

Tricia said...

Oh, my goodness, that menu sounded divine! And the food was beautifully served, too. Great idea, setting an Irish farmhouse table!

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Kristen Rettig said...

What a pretty luncheon, setting and menu is lovely.

Deb said...

It all looks scrumpdillyishus and you know I love that blue and white china. Deb

Diane said...

Your table setting is lovely (love blue and white), but I keep looking at your dining room wishing mine was that open and large!! Your food presentation is beautiful and I really like the idea of the cake on top of the pudding. What is not to like there???