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, June 19, 2013

Elegant Ladies for Lunch

I had four elegant ladies for lunch
In the breakfast room
Elegant ladies
means an elegant lunch

China and silver and crystal, oh, my!

The Aynsley "Early" Pembroke china
Husband Jim's grandmother's silver
Antique wine glasses with a caramel stem
to echo the caramel rim on the plate
And an antique linen tablecloth

Damask napkins in silver rings
This one was a Christmas/Birthday gift from Daughter Sarah
It came from Charleston!

Each place had a wee Waterford vase
And a rose
Similar to the one on the china

A bigger bouquet in a crystal rose bowl
Real flowers "shed" and I love petals on the tablecloth!

And, of course, a menu at each place

With a rose . . .

Late spring is a great time for a cold cucumber soup
Topped with borage blossoms
Served in the old Aynsley tea cup and saucer

Lunch was individual chicken and asparagus frittatas, spinach and strawberry salad with poppyseed dressing, candied pecans and feta cheese and corn madeleines

Dessert was a flourless chocolate cake.
A favorite recipe
It's called Chocolate Graggy Cake 
or Graggy Chocolate Cake
served with Grand Marnier flavored whipped cream
and an orange pansy

It is Thursday and I'm sharing my Elegant Ladies for lunch with Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish and with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Martha, Your lunches always looks so delightful. Beautiful, each person had their own rose.

Dianne said...

That china is so gorgeous! I love how perfect the roses are with it! I am wondering if could share your recipes for that delicious menu? Dianne

Bernideen said...

Martha always does it right! How beautiful!

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Wow, love the Aynsley "Early" Pembroke china. It is just gorgeous with the roses. As always, your food looks beautiful and I know it must be tasty.

Crystal Grandeur said...

Love your beautiful plates..Pretty post. Feast to the eyes..:):):)

Jocelyn said...

Beautiful table! Such a delightful luncheon.

Jocelyn @

Lulu said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely. I love the old fashioned look of your table, and I'd love to be sitting there wearing a great big hat with a big wide brim and flowers all around. My dress would be the palest pink of rustling taffeta.

Marlis said...

I just love your table. All the vintage pieces are so perfectly matched and just make me wish I had been there. The tablecloth is beautiful. And your menu is outstanding as always. xo marlis

Anna said...

Martha had a beautiful table setting and the food was wonderful. Thank you.

Canadian Chickadee said...

This looks fabulous. I really shouldn't read your posts so early in the day -- now I'm hungry!!! :)

Two Cottages And Tea said...

So very lovely and so very lucky guests!

m'lin said...

Just beautiful. Love the China + glasses. :)

m'lin said...

Just beautiful. Love the China + glasses. :)

Kathleen said...

That china is so lovely!
Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish!