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
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!
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)
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.