As I like when there is a whole week of November left
I also like the week 'tween
Christmas and New Years
We're still decorated
But the hustle and bustle that is before Christmas
is gone, once December 25 has come
I like to have company for lunch during that week
It's much more relaxing than a lunch would be
Today, three dear friends came for lunch
It's a tradition, started a few years ago
And we decided that this is our fifth year
Shaun, Jeffrey and Kate are great guests
And there is a lot of table talk as we eat lunch
Since it is still the Christmas season . . .
A poinsettia as a centerpiece
But it is tall
Often when there is a foursome for lunch,
if the centerpiece is tall, I'll move the "centerpiece" to the end of the table.
so that we can see and visit
My Quaker Lace tablecloth, the Christmas dishes and Jim's grandmother's cutlery
The china is Royal Dolton Tartan
Made during 1986 and 1987
It's a classic, I think
(and is a nod to Jim's Scottish heritage)
Luncheon today was an Ina's luncheon
From three of her cookbooks
Maple Roasted Carrot Salad
a yummy salad full of roasted carrots, dried cranberries, almonds and goat cheese.
The greens were supposed to be arugula but, alas, you can't find it here
so I subbed a Spring Greens Mix
Recipe from Cooking for Jeffrey
40 Cloves of Garlic Chicken served with white and wild rice
It's yummy and comfort food
Recipe from Barefoot in Paris
French Apple Tart
The flavor of apples with a bit of crust
I decided that after all the cinnamon and nutmeg flavors of the season
that a dessert that was pure flavor
would be a nice change of pace.
It's a favorite of ours and I've made it many times.
Recipe from Back to Basics
It was a fun afternoon. No one felt the pressure to hurry for there was no last minute gift to buy, or cookies to make. We talked of Christmas past and plans for New Year's.