I had four elegant ladies for lunch
In the breakfast room
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