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.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

St. Patrick's Day

We've always celebrated St. Patrick's Day
Even though I thought I was German
(of course, we Germans celebrate ours with a whole month -- Oktoberfest while the Irish only have one day!)

However, when I had my DNA done -- I found out I was 30% Irish/English

So now it is my holiday as well!

St. Patrick's Day calls for four things:
  1. Beer
  2. Corned Beef and Cabbage
  3. Irish coffee
  4. Friends
Last night at Linderhof . . . 
those four things came together!

The table --
Lace cloth, English transfer ware, Irish linen napkins in silver rings

Daffodils are the perfect centerpiece -- it is, after all, almost Spring!

The menu -- a classic:


I decided to make this Irish Guinness Brown Bread instead of my classic
Top of the Tower Irish Soda Bread

And it may be a permanent substitute
It was good -- that good!

We don't serve courses.
Everything comes out of the kitchen on a big platter

Corned beef

Served with:

Horseradish Sauce
(From Stephenson's Restaurant in Kansas City -- the only horseradish sauce I make --
it is so good, I can almost eat it with a spoon.   Not only good for corned beef -- it goes well with brisket and roast beef)

Dessert was neither Irish nor Green

A lemon sponge cake
for one of our guests loves lemon!
It's Mother's recipe and she often made it for Easter Dinner
It is a "spring" cake!

After cake, you can't celebrate St. Patrick's Day without:

Irish coffee
(the little mugs given to me many years ago by a dear friend.   Used only once a year --
but it wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without coffee out of these sweet mugs!)



The beautiful table setting with lovely white and blue transferware plates and lace topper.
Great looking food for St. Pat's, flowers and friends, it can't get any more perfect dear friend.

Kathy said...

You are inspiring! I never tire of reading about your luncheons and dinner parties. Thank you for sharing! And, Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Bernideen said...

A lovely table and fabulous food!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Daffodils are the national flower of the Welsh, another Celtic group, closely related to the Irish...This entire table and menu look and sound delicious and I can't wait to try this horseradish sauce.