The Lunch Bunch comes once a month
or they did until this Spring and Summer
Between doctors visits and grandkids visiting and traveling . . .
Well, we've not been together since February!
And July was no exception
One of the Bunch had an out of town guest
I issued an invitation to join us . . .
But it was "talk shop" lunch and so she declined.
But the other two came and we had a good time
Even though I had just gotten home the night before from a week long trip
(the grand's first birthday bash!)
So with what my mother called
"a lick and a promise"
I tidied the downstairs
Set the table with the best china and silver
Made a "from scratch" lunch
And was ready to greet my guests at noon
The lilies are blooming in the garden
But not these -- from the market
But had I had that many lilies in the garden,
they would have been on the table!
Since it's just three
(and the garden was weedy and needy
So, alas, we were not lunching in the breakfast room
For the many "garden sins" were obvious!)
I set up in the dining room on one half of the dining room table.
With one of my Italian cloths,
The Aynsley Pembroke plates
And Grandmother Scott's silver
Italian napkins in silver napkin rings
And, of course, a menu for each place
With yellow lilies on them as well!
It was an easy lunch
A quick run to the store and some Farmer's market produce I brought home
We started with
What I call an "Italian" salad
Like so many we had in Italy
Romaine, sliced tomatoes and topped with a mound of shredded carrots
All tossed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper
(And I used my "good" balsamic -- the really old balsamic!)
Fresh pasta sauce over angel hair pasta
Farmer's market cherry tomatoes, basil and garlic
And a goodly shower of freshly grated Parmesan
Rolls from the mark down bin, rubbed with olive oil, sprinkled with fresh rosemary
And sea salt and then warmed in the oven
Summer is fruit and so a croustade
blueberry and peach
With a mound of cassis spiked whipped cream
They were amazed that I was able to have them for lunch the day after the trip
And were astounded at the meal.
"Takeout" said one, "is what I would have done!"
While the other nodded that only I could pull that off!
(And not only lunch but I also managed to wash, dry, fold and put away, the laundry we brought home from the trip!)
It's Thursday and I'm sharing my Lunch Bunch table with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch