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.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Soup Making, Garden Tending and Bread Baking

Thursday was a busy day at Linderhof

First from the trimmings of a friend's beef,
we added carrots, celery, onion, peppercorns, and a bay leaf
and simmered slowly.

On Wednesday

Thursday, we strained the broth, cut the meat into bite size pieces, added sliced carrots and sliced celery and chunks of potatoes and chopped onions and cooked until all were tender.
We then added frozen corn and frozen peas

It made a great luncheon soup

We also baked . . .

Top of the Tower Irish Soda Bread
A loaf to go with the soup
And a loaf for the Irish Farmhouse Luncheon on Friday

And then being intrigued with the cloche baked bread in the new
Williams Sonoma catalogue . . .
I decided that I needed that cloche
And so I went to find a place to store it

Only to find that I had a clay baking pot
A German one which cooks a good chicken

The smell of yeast and dough rising

The German baker filling in admirably for the $60 Williams Sonoma Cloche
And I'm looking forward to spending that $60 on something else!!!

* * * *

Fall is a busy time in the garden 
as we ready for winter
But March is busy as well
And so the afternoon was spent trimming and tidying
the front stairs and sidewalk.

Hard work for muscles not used to so much bending and stooping.

But I always reward myself with tea . . .

And a nosh
My Italian Sprinkle Cookies

Gardening (and chasing squirrels in the back garden) can
wear a body out!

Once we came in, Dolly was sacked out for the afternoon!
Dreaming, I'm sure, of squirrels caught and captured!


La Table De Nana said...

I thought I would like that cloche:) Next time I am in the USA..
But I have a clay baker:)Maybe it could work..the bread is beautiful.

La Table De Nana said...

PS which recipe did you use for your clay baker?:)

La Table De Nana said...

Thanks..I will look online..I don't have a WS here~
Too bad of course!

Pondside said...

It all looks delicious - from soup to cookies. That's exactly the sort of day I love - some gardening, some soup-making and a little time for tea (and a few pages to read).

Seaview said...

Sounds like my menu today..only wish we could do a little gardening's snowing here on the Jersey shore ! Your bread looks delicious and I would love a little nosh about now..enjoy your day...Kim

On Crooked Creek said...

A perfect soup to end your gardening day!!! Soup is on the menu here on our side of the Prairie for the upcoming week as we finish up the Spring Cleaning indoors!!!
We will make the move to out~of~doors soon enough, but our temperatures haven't co~operated lately! SNOW is in our forecast for this week, as well!!! Perfect weather for cookie baking!!!