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.

Monday, January 13, 2014

I've Gotten Them Back . . . Johnson Brothers Indies

As I posted yesterday,
I lost a lot of my Johnson Brothers Indies 
in September

Out of six dinner plates, salad plates, tea plates, cups and saucers 

This was all that was left

And as compensation for my loss, friend Bernideen
send me this wonderful teapot

which, I think, looks smashing with my blue and white
There's something about the orange and yellow that looks so good with the Spode

My Johnson Brothers Indies
also had a wee teapot, creamer and sugar
(that were stored in the kitchen - thank heaven),
a coffeepot
(stored on a bottom shelf of the same sideboard)
and a huge platter
(stored also with the rest of my transfer ware platters in the kitchen!)

The Indies started out as a small tea set
of the teapot, sugar and creamer
and two cups and saucers and tea plates
It was for the spare room
For when we had company
So they could make their early morning tea.

I bought it in England and hand carried it home 20 years ago.
I bought the rest six years ago when we built the breakfast room
to use as our "breakfast" china!

I decided that I didn't need all those cups, saucers and tea plates
I had others
But the set for two did have sentimental value
And so, on Ebay, I ordered the missing saucer, missing tea plate and another cup and saucer.
The saucer and tea plate came today.

And so I had tea . . .
In the sunroom

My wicker tray set for tea
with the Johnson Brothers Indies

It's nice to have the small tea set "back together"

For the pot is perfect for two cups of tea
at half past three

And with tea, there's always a nosh . . .
January noshes are "slimmer" than December ones
(the larder in December is always full of cakes or cookies or breads)
But there is always a wee loaf of something in the freezer
Today it was

pain d'épice
A great bread for tea
And this recipe is so easy.

Tea for one in the breakfast room!


1 T. butter, softened
3 c. flour, plus more for dusting
2/3 c. dark brown sugar, sieved to remove nay lumps
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 c. orange marmalade
1/3 c. honey
2 t. baking soda
1 cup milk

Preheat the oven to 325.    Grease a 6-cup loaf pan with the butter.    Dust it with some flour, tapping out the excess.   Set the pan aside.

Put the flour, brown sugar and baking powder in a large bowl and mix together.    Put the marmalade and honey in a large bowl.     Dissolve the baking soda in the milk and stir it into the marmalade and honey.     Add the flour mixture to the marmalade mixture and stir until the batter is well mixed.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the bread crowns on top and a wooden skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour.

Let it cool to room temperature in the pan on a rack, then tip the loaf out of the pan.

NOTE:   I used 4 small pans and adjusted the baking time accordingly.

It's Tuesday . . . and I'm joining Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea; Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday and Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday.


Michelle said...

Those dishes are so pretty on your wicker tea tray! Looks so cozy!

Bernideen said...

Looks wonderful and "feels right" to have some pieces you love!

Pondside said...

I'm glad you have the perfect number of pieces again - as long as you are happy when you use it, you know you have the right number!

Martha's Favorites said...

I am so glad you are able to replace your dishes. Love the blue tea cups. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Losing your china must have been so very upsetting. I am thankful for thrift shops, eBay and other avenues where one can find their treasures. Your blue and white is so pretty, Martha. Thank you for sharing and coming to tea. Enjoy your day, my friend.


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I'm glad you were able to find matching pieces on eBay. I just made marmalade muffins and I'll bet they are similar in taste to your tea bread - yummy with a cup of tea!

GardenOfDaisies said...

So glad you were able to replace those!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

So happy for you!