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.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Tea Room Lunch

The Lunch Bunch has been coming to lunch at Linderhof 
for 14 years.
What started as a "fun thing to do" in the January after I retired,
has become a monthly luncheon
that allows me to be creative both in the table setting
and in the menu!

It's fun to think of what to serve
and go through my cookbooks
to find just the perfect dishes for the season or the holiday
And then to set the table so that it's elegant and yet fun
And suitable to four ladies who like
to lunch in style!

In 2014 I decided that with my plethora of tea room cookbooks
I would "visit" one per month
Taking the entire menu from that book.

So last week

I set the table in the dining room
in what I feel like was my best
"tea room" style

And printed a menu
that acknowledge the "visit" to the tea room

Although I don't know whether this tea room does it or not,
but often tea rooms will do a "trio"
quiche, soup and salad

Frozen Cranberry Salad, Creamy Broccoli soup and Cottage Quiche

Orange Italian Cream Cake for dessert
Served with tea, of course!

And the whole cake was really pretty!

The tea room I chose?

The Glass Slipper Tea Cottage
Fort Walton Beach, Florida

I've not been there
but a friend, Sarah from Biloxi, has
and sent me the cookbook as a gift

with the following note:

When we go to Ft. Walton
Beach, Florida to see my sister,
we like to eat at The Glass Slipper.
They just published this book and
I thought of you and all your 
entertaining.   Hopefully there
will be a recipe or two in these
pages you will like.

Merry Christmas to you
and Jim.

     Sarah in Biloxi

It was a sweet gift and I kept it downstairs with my workhorse cookbooks
and sometimes of an evening I would read the recipes.

So, of course, it had to be the first tearoom
The Lunch Bunch
visited in 2014!

The recipes
From the pages of the cookbook --

Frozen Cranberry Salad

Creamy Asparagus Soup
(which I changed to Broccoli because I had cooked broccoli in the fridge
and I'm not overly fond of canned asparagus)

Cottage Quiche

Orange Italian Cream Cake

I had so much fun "visiting" this tea room and I will definitely make the cranberry salad again.   It was good and easy and made a goodly amount.     The cake was fantastic and was actually even better the next day.   I kept it covered and refrigerated and I think the flavor was really better on Wednesday.
The soup was probably the best creamy "vegetable" soup I've made and I would make it again.   I did get lots of compliments on the broccoli soup!

A big thank you to Sarah for thinking of me.
It certainly was a good gift!

I'm joining Michael at Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.


Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I think you have a great idea there. Love the blue flow tea cups. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Beth said...

What a nice tea room lunch, Martha! You always do it up right when you host the lunch bunch...or even when someone shows up unexpectedly...nosh and tea always ready. You're have wonderful hospitality!

racheld said...

What a lovely gift---I love sharing and receiving remembrances of things and places friends have enjoyed. The soup sounds velvety and luscious, and the salad is reminiscent of Miss Geraldine's Frozen Black Cherry Salad of many, many Church Suppers in our little country church.

The "30 cups" must refer to serving size from a muffin cup, I think, and your presentation is lovely. The blue is perfect with the delicious lunch, and the hospitality is warm and generous, as always. How lucky are the friends who participate in your events, and how memorable the times.


lindaraxa said...

Love the sound of that cake. It is freezing here in Georgia, perfect weather for a tea party. Getting ready to bake scones.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I like a tearoom that serves a trio as you've made. It's lighter fare that leaves room for dessert, and the cake here looks yummy.

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

There is something special about Afternoon Tea.

Michelle said...

What a nice idea to "visit" tea rooms via baking their recipes!

Pat said...

What a thoughtful gift and great recipes!!! Your Tea Room Lunch looks simply divine, dear friend!!!
P.S. As hard as I tried, our Brunch Bunch resolved...once Autumn came the others were just too busy with their schedules to continue.

Erika said...

Found your blog from "Between Naps on the Porch".
I actually called the Glass Slipper Tea Cottage, and they are sending me a copy of this cookbook! The gentleman I spoke to was so nice and helpful.
Not that I need another cookbook, but from the recipes you made, I can tell it will be one of my favorites!

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

A good friend sent me this cookbook last year for my birthday...I was actually sitting on my couch tonight with it...and here checked in with you too...what a strange sensation, seeing the book and foods! Ha. Was fun seeing pictures of the actual foods! Looks like your friends were in for a tasty time!