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.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Company for Lunch

The Lunch Bunch came today . . . 
a week late
But it was because of me --
I was in Minnesota with the Grands!

It's still May, it's still Spring
but temperatures are warming up and so I wanted a "cool" lunch

My "new" linens (new because I've never used them) -- From April Cornell -- a runner and napkins to match.
The wicker chargers and Spode blue and white plates, and Jim's grandmother's cutlery

The orangey zinnias in a blue and white Spode bowl.
They hold a secret -- they're in the pot they came home from the nursery in --
After lunch, they'll be planted in the garden
A centerpiece that I'll enjoy till frost
(and who knows, the blooms may be back on the table for another luncheon
this summer!)

It's a simple menu:

A shrimp and avocado salad with Sauce Gribiche
From a new cookbook, Goldy's Kitchen,  by Diane Mott Davidson --
In the book it's called "Hard Core Prawn Salad" but I didn't like
that name so I just called it Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Sauce Gribiche!

Served with a hot roll and real butter


Strawberry Hazelnut Pavlova Roll from Wives With Knives
It's a to die for recipe
And her instructions were very clear
And it's an easy, few ingredient recipe as well --

A roll of meringue layered with whipped cream and strawberries.
The hazelnuts dot the outside.

It is s-o-o-o-o good!
So good, in fact, that I printed the recipe off and will make again!

It's perfect served on blue and white!
And, as always, there is a menu for everyone

Although I like the anticipation of company and how fresh the table looks
And how it looks as if it waiting for company . . . 

I like the table "after" . . . when everyone has gone home.
You can tell that a good time was had by all!

We get together once a month and in June, we'll be traveling to Nevada
for The Annual Salad Luncheon of St. Paul Lutheran Church
It's an annual trek for us as well . . 


Francie Newcomb said...

Wow, a beautiful table and fabulous menu!

Southerncook said...

Amazing menu and the dessert looks fabulous.


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The guests are so lucky and privileged. Such a lovely table. In love with the crockery and flowers. How were you able to preserve the crockery for so long.

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