Not really an Oktoberfest
But a dinner in October
A German dinner
Company is coming tonight
And I'm fixing some old family favorites.
We'll eat "Dutch"
as my cousins say
when referring to food
The table is set in the dining room
for it will be six for dinner
Lace cloth on the table
And a seasonal centerpiece
the dough bowl filled with pumpkins and bittersweet
And at each end
One of the German "smokers"
(or is it Hans and Fritz?)
The English blue transfer ware
seems right for a German dinner
And besides, I love the blue and white with the orange of the pumpkins
And a menu, of course --
The Fraus will have this menu
While the Herrs will have this one!
And because it is Oktober
Because we're having German food
I got out the German silver
And set the table European style
Which means that the forks are upside down
But they're meant to be that way
The monogramming is on the underside
And the soup spoon
Big enough to be a serving spoon
I adore eating soup with it
Jim, not so much
(but I make him use it anyway!)
Bought years ago at an Estate Sale
When I got back to the car I realized that it was a monogram
And not just decoration
And I realized that it was German silver
An L and an M
my German grandmother's initials
Could it be?
I'm not sure
I've not heard of the family talk about it
But the silver dates to the time where it could be possible.
I like to think so!
So sometimes I refer to it as my German grandmother's silver!
Not a fabrication but a wish!
And the house is clean
The candles are ready to be lit
The table is ready
We're ready for company
Back in the kitchen for there is still more cooking to do
And, alas, no pictures of the food
That will be for tomorrow!
Although the Lemon Schaum torte is done
It just has to be put together
And the pork is roasting in the oven . . .
the house smells good
Of cooking meat and herbs!