Soon after the sun came up,
and my car filled with "things",
I headed to Springfield, Missouri
for I had a program to give
A program on herbs and cooking with herbs
Eons ago, friend Francie contacted me about giving a program on herbs to her Garden Club,
The Pink Dogwood Garden Club
Of course, I said yes, we set a date and met last month in Joplin
to finalize details.
My "props" -- a couple of pots of herbs, a few herbal cookbooks and my
herbal "bible", Betty Crocker's Kitchen Gardens by Mary Mason Campbell
I adore herbs and I love giving talks about them
And the audience was attentive!
But my talk was only part of the event
For the garden club had a regular meeting
and after, we had lunch!
Francie sets a pretty table
(with my love of blue and white I covet that tablecloth!)
Matching napkins, a white plate
My contribution was the recipe for dessert
And a cookie to take home for afternoon tea
An elegant and simple centerpiece of green apples in a compote
I'm not sure Francie could have picked a more perfect centerpiece
for the green of the apples absolutely "popped" against the blue and white
The dining room table was set differently.
A bare table with a runner and matching napkins
(Those I coveted as well and Francie told me that they were April Cornell . . .
They are on order and should get to Linderhof in time for the September Lunch Bunch luncheon)
A rattan charger, different plates and napkins that matched the runner
It was really a pretty and elegant table!
And the real orchid centerpiece in the Oriental blue and white bowl
As part of the meeting, one of the ladies brought a box of gardening books
from a member who had passed away. Her family wanted to share the
books with her garden club.
One by one, the members took a book to take home and savor.
I, as a guest, however, had first choice!
I've never heard of this book although I have her Memories of a Midwestern Farm and I like the stories and there are a couple of recipes that I use from that book,
so I was delighted!
The lunch Francie fixed was seasonal, fresh, and elegant
Tomato pie with fresh basil, a salad of spinach, fresh berries, candied pecans tossed with a vinaigrette, and pumpkin muffins with a homemade cinnamon butter
It made a pretty plate
Whenever I give an herb talk, I like to bring an herbal dessert.
People always think of herbs in savory dishes but people don't bake enough with herbs
I chose to bake an orange yogurt cake
garnished with candied stems of rosemary
Francie thinks of everything . . .
Each guest received a jar of Francie's homemade pesto as a take home favor
And I brought cookies. Yes, those are cookies, not seed packets!
Cookies that looked like seed packets!
Each put in a cello bag and tied with a ribbon.
And one put at each place.
For every afternoon, you should stop at half past three
And have a cup of cookie and a nosh!
I can't thank Francie enough for a delightful day,
I missed most of the rain coming and going
But the clouds ket the sun from my eyes as I headed east early in the morning,
And I always enjoy sharing my love of herbs
And my love of cooking.