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, May 15, 2013

Not Your Average Mother's Day Dinner . . .

Mother's Day we celebrated at Linderhof
But not a meal cooked for me
But with a meal cooked by me

And not for family either
But for friends
Well, friends that are "family"

Friend Tim's brother was here from Upstate New York
and we enjoy his company
And whenever he visits, we always have the Emersons for dinner
(for Anne and Tim are dear friends and we have shared many a table)

Sunday, we set the table in the dining room

A lace cloth
And blue and white, of course!

Two plates -- the dinner plate and the salad plate for the first course asparagus
Three forks -- one for the asparagus, one for the trout and the last for the main dish

A blue and white pitcher is the perfect holder

for the bouquet of white mums

The table a vision of blue and white

Dinner was mostly served family style

The first course was a platter of roasted asparagus dressed simply with butter
 and garnished with lemon peel

The second course was steelhead trout over a bed of basil pasta
The trout cooked in a skillet with olive oil, salt and pepper
A pat of butter to melt over to finish
And a kitchen window basil leaf for garnish

 4 hour leg of lamb with French Provencal beans
Most of us at table are fans of rare lamb
We all pronounced this fork tender juicy lamb superb

It's Spring
A "springy" dessert is in order

Meringues with roasted berries (strawberries, blueberries and blackberries)
topped with cassis flavored whipped cream

It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish


La Tea Dah said...

Such a special time with friends. I love your tablesetting. Everything looks delicious! So glad you shared --- I always appreciate inspiration!

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Bernideen said...

Oh such a wonderful meal here! Just delicious.

Entertaining Women said...

Such an elegant and sophisticated table....and your menu is superb. I served on Mother's Day, too. It did my heart good. I predict that your friend's guest will be returning sooner rather than later. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Happy Mother's Day! Cherry Kay

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a pretty tablescape and delicious looking meal! So nice of you to do this for friends and family. Maybe you will get your "dinner out" soon!


Marlis said...

I cooked too. Because I wanted to. However, I'm not so sure that my menu came close to yours! Your blue and white table is a vision of loveliness. So gorgeous. I want to make a dessert like that! xo marlis

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love blue and white and this is a very pretty table!

Diane said...

No breakfast yet this morning - I should have waited to view your post! The table settings are so pretty, but - oh, my the food!! The fish and the lamb are presented so beautifully - wow. I would have loved to have eaten at that table!!

Anonymous said...

I love the blue and white,Martha. Your meal is fabulous. I haven't done the steelhead trout in the skillet but I will now. Looks wonderful. said...

What a wonderful meal you had! Elegant and special just like your pretty table! I know you must have had a marvelous time!

On Crooked Creek said...

A lovely Mother's Day Dinner, indeed, dear one!!!
Your tablescape was elegantly set with your blue and white! Love the lace tablecloth!!!
I know it's extremely belated...Happy Mother's Day to my dear friend!!!