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.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Tea Room Lunch

The Lunch Bunch
a group of three friends who come to Linderhof monthly for lunch
Except this year
Between doctors visits and procedures
And children and grandchildren
They've not all been to lunch at Linderhof since February!

But in August,
they came!

The table set in the dining room

With my beloved blue and white
Because a Christmas gift from dear friend Carolyn
of white linen placemats and the lovely blue patterned napkins
A menu, of course,
And a package of tea cookies to take home
A nosh to go with that afternoon's tea

A simple centerpiece of black eyed Susans
Low in a crystal rose bowl
Because although I love flowers whenever we dine at Linderhof,
the most important thing is to be able to talk to all the guests!

It's a simple table
There isn't a lot of "fluff"

Over the dining room table and into the living room

It was a tea room lunch
A ladies lunch
The recipes all from the Shady Gables cookbook

Shady Gables chicken salad in a Farmer's Market tomato
A slice of zucchini bread
And a fresh fruit salad

For dessert

Shady Gables famous Ambrosia Tart

Cool luscious goodness
decorated with a maraschino cherry and a rose geranium leaf

It's Thursday and I'm sharing my Tea Room Lunch with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday


Bernideen said...

Let me be the first to say - FABULOUS FOOD here!!!!!

racheld said...

Captivating, welcoming and charming, all at once. What a lovely tradition.


LORY said...

First of all, lunch looks great!! Very pretty table as well. Love the forks!! And nice to see table menus, because my whole post is on table menus this week... :-) Glad you get to enjoy your tea!


Ann @ Corner of Plaid and Paisley said...

Those are just gorgeous blue patterned plates. I'm glad the ladies were able to assemble again, and with a fabulous menu and setting.

Pat said...

Your Tea Room Lunch appears divine, dear friend!!! I, totally agree. . .conversation is the next best thing to the menu!!!
Love, LOVE, L O V E the chicken salad served within the tomato!!!
Your tablescape of classic blue andwhite dinnerware is always a classic!!!
So~o~o glad that you were able to "gather" once more @ Linderhof for Lunch!!!

Pondside said...

Just the name, Ambrosia Tart, has my heart beating faster. I enlarged, I stared and I googled 'Ambrosia Tart'. Of course, what I got was your blog!
It all looks wonderful!

GardenOfDaisies said...

It all looks delicious, Martha! And there are some of those beautiful black-eyed-Susans!

Canadian Chickadee said...

I agree with Bernedeen and Pondside! What a fabulous lunch. I'm sure everyone had an equally fabulous time. xoxoxo

Unknown said...

Thank you for hosting a great tea party. Hope you enjoy my dessert. It's great to be part of such a wonderful food scene and finding new inspiration from all over the world. Thank you for having me at your place..
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My Little Home and Garden said...

You've set a beautiful table for a delicious lunch. It must have been a treat for your friends to have finally gotten together again and enjoy some good company and good food.


Connie said...

Shady Gables has been one of my very favorite tearooms over the years. Especially when it was owned and run by my friend, Reba. I have the cookbook. Your post with these wonderful recipes has reminded me to get it out and take another look.