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.

Monday, June 11, 2018

We Visit Hoot Owl Gardens

Today was an outing day
Friend Shirley Ann and I traveled North
to Linn County almost smack dab between Paola and Osawatomie
To a farm:

We were there to see the gardens
And owner Brenda was so gracious to give us a tour of her 
remarkable gardens!

The espaliered fruit tree garden . . . espaliered fruit trees form the fence to this garden
And inside there are some herbs . . . 

Good stands of feverfew!

Also, there was a spiral herb garden

You start at the bottom and the herbs spiral up!    Smallest to tallest!

After the tour, we retired to the porch where Hostess Brenda had lunch ready for our group

A farm table on the porch . . . 

Homemade crackers
(which were delicious)

And a chicken Caesar Salad
Which was wonderful!
Lots of garlic and lots of lemon!

Herbal tea, chicken salad and homemade crackers
It can't get much better than that!

Oh, but wait it did!

Dessert -- a rhubarb custard cake topped with a fresh strawberry syrup and coconut
(I've asked for the recipe -- I hope Brenda complies -- it was a good dessert!)

We left with nothing but an admiration for all that Brenda and her husband did to these acres
for besides the gardens there are bees and goats and poultry (chickens, turkey, peacocks) . . . 
But some of our group left with --

Baby chicks!
She was giving them away!
I'm not a chicken keeper and so no babies came home with me (nor with Shirley Ann) but there
was a young girl in our group  who was thrilled that she got to take chicks home!

It was a great way to spend a June Monday morning!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Afternoon Tea In The City

There is one place in the city
That is a slice of heaven for me 

Downtown Overland Park
The Clock Tower Bakery
Serves a true English afternoon tea
By advance reservation only!

I just don't stop by when I'm in the city by myself . . . 
No, I always have tea with a friend
This time it was friend Connie
who I met because of my blog . . . 
She was in the city visiting and we arranged to meet for tea

At the Clock Tower . . . 
On each table covered with a white cloth, are real tea cups and saucers, a tea plate,
the tea pot and cutlery and this folder:

Which contains:
the tea menu
the selection of teas
and the tea etiquette

Your tea is brought along with a three tier curate:

Sandwiches on the bottom,
scones and a cranberry pistachio shortbread on the middle tier
Sweets on the top

Sandwich selection:
cucumber -- of course -- two of them
roasted vegetable roll up -- two of them
egg salad (or egg mayonnaise as the Brits call it) -- a finger
chicken salad -- a finger
two small sausage rolls

A tender tall scone served with real clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam
(and a cranberry pistachio "biscuit")

The top layer:

Checkerboard Battenburg cake, a vanilla bean macaron, millionaire bars and a cream puff
We were so full that we both took three of our desserts home -- for tea time the next day!

Oh, and our scones . . . 
We both decided that we would eat one Cornish and one Devon
The difference you may ask?

Devon is on the left -- you put the cream on the scone and then top with jam

The Cornish is on the right -- jam first and then topped with cream

I prefer the Devon style

We drank pots of tea, visited and had a grand afternoon.
Both of us are Anglophiles
We both would love to live in England
And we've both been there several times.

We had a bit of England yesterday afternoon
on the prairie of Kansas
Two friends who share a love of tea