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, May 19, 2019

Cream Tea In the Garden -- Remembering England

 Eight Years Ago in May we were in England
living in a cottage called "Blue Row"
in the Cotswold village of Swerford

It was an old cottage compared to what is in Kansas
for it was built in 1802
But to the Brits, it's rather a "new build"!
It started life out as 4 cottages and now is two
We had this half!

Which had a lovely little garden
And we loved to take tea in the garden if we were home

A linen cloth
(bought as a souvenir and used while we were there)
And the tea ware that came with the cottage

We raided the garden for flowers
And bought our scones, our cream and our jam!

 Scones served properly with cream and jam!

Having been used to the price of Clotted Cream here, I was surprised to
find that it was only 90p (or $1.35 there)

And we always had a container in the fridge.    

We didn't have tea in  Blue Row's garden  every afternoon
But if we were home, we did.
Sometimes more simply

A tray brought everything to the garden

the pot of tea, two scones, cream and jam!

Boughten again.    I never did bake a scone in England!

And on rainy days 

We have our tea inside.

If tea was at Blue Row, it was usually a cream tea
of store bought scones (sometimes fruit, sometimes plain), cream and jam

When I was up in the city,  I stopped by World Market
and brought home a jar

It's good.    But not as good as that we bought in England
And it cost way more than $1.35.   
Like $8 plus tax!
Needless to say, we don't have it that often at Linderhof!

But today, with real clotted cream, homemade strawberry jam, freshly baked scones
(because you can't get a good scone in Fort Scott)
and a beautiful day
(the storms of yesterday have left)
we had tea in the garden

I got out the Spode.    It seems a Spode kind of tea.
Blue Italian.    The "cake" plate (upon which the scones are plated) were found
by dear friend (and Andy's Aunt) Jo
They are a treasure!
I brought out a cloth (but alas, not the same one I used in England)
because tea in the garden warrants a nice cloth I think

We're of the cream first, then the jam school
And we take a little milk in our tea

There is nothing better than a real scone (I used an English recipe), with real clotted (or Devonshire) cream, and homemade strawberry jam!

It was a nice respite in the garden this afternoon
And if talk turned to our time in England, it was great to remember that special
Spring when we lived in Blue Row.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Mailbox Update

Ages ago --
like a year or two after we moved to Linderhof
We found an antique looking cast aluminum mailbox
That we think fitted Linderhof

We had it on the right side of the drive . . .

And then moved it to the left side.
The boxwood, however, grew over the years and completely hid the mailbox

Why have a pretty mailbox when you can't see it!

When we first got it, we painted it white . . . because all the trim was white.
And then about 11 years or so ago we painted it what I thought was
British Mail Red with a British Racing Green Base

To show off the mailbox
When you got it, flaunt it!
We moved it back to the right side of the drive

And I debated paint colors.

The Royal mailboxes are, indeed, red.
The home mailboxes, alas are not

For I googled
They are all painted BLACK
with gold lettering

A more modern one

And one similar to mine, only it's wall mounted rather than post mounted.

Those mail boxes made my decision for me
Today, I repainted my mailbox!

with gold lettering!

I think it looks smashing in it's new location
with it's new paint job!
The brick, the black, the green!

It's understated
it fits a historic house, me thinks

It's there but is much more elegant than when it was red and green!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

A Full English

I was at Sam's a month ago and why I looked in that particular
cooler, I don't know 
but my heart did a "petty pat"
when I saw 

European Center Cut Bacon
British Bacon!!!!

We've bought some over the years
But it's always pricey and you have to go way out of your way to find a story
that carries it.

We love British bacon
We love

A Full English
or a "Fry Up"

It's the breakfast that American breakfasts derive from . . . 

"Bacon", "sausages", eggs (always served basted), plus black pudding, beans, tomatoes and mushrooms

Americans have replaced the black pudding, beans, tomatoes and mushrooms for
hash browns!

But I really prefer "British style"!

 Served with toast and tea
(our first breakfast in England at our bed and breakfast the spring that we lived in England)

Coming home, I would fix a "Full English" as often as I could find the
ingredients . . .
The weeks leading up to St. Patrick's Day, Costco would have Irish bangers
and I'd stock up.
English Heinz beans are different than American Pork and Beans
And I don't sub!
I used to buy them at either the Commissary at Leavenworth or World Market
Six cans at a time!

My version of the "Full English" -- Heinz beans, Irish Bangars and eggs!

Served with coffee for Jim and tea for me

When we lived that Spring in England, I would do a Full English if we didn't want to be
out and about extra early
(our dining room at Blue Row)

Reminds me so of bed and breakfasts that we stayed at in England
A Full English for two!

 Underneath the egg there is always toast.
Not ordinary toast but a piece of fried toast

 Two more important parts of a Full English are:

Orange Marmalade
(served in my English orange marmalade jar)
Never any other kind of jam or jelly for breakfast --
Only orange marmalade!


The toast cooler
At least that is what Husband Jim calls it.
You put perfectly good hot toast in and carry it to the table
And then it is cold!!!!
I personally don't mind "cold" toast -- husband Jim does not!

You can find these silver plated toast coolers quite frequently
even in flea markets.
I think everyone who ever stayed in England and had one of these
on their breakfast table had to bring one home!!!!

With the bacon and a horde of Irish sausages in the freezer,
we've been having a full English every Saturday morning!

Sans beans, however!
I'm out!
And when I went to World Market yesterday to stock up,
they didn't carry them anymore!

I was devastated!

However, Amazon came through . . . 
next week, our Full English will be just that --
a Full English complete with beans!

It's my favorite breakfast
And it's fun to have a Full English every Saturday morning as a treat!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

An Entertaining Week

It's been a busy week at Linderhof
Guests have come and gone
and I've spent a lot of time in the kitchen
Especially since the garden is beckoning!

A week ago Tuesday, the Lunch Bunch came

 Quaker Lace tablecloth, leftover Easter breakfast alestomera, Aynsley Pembroke

The coffee service on the sideboard

We started with a salad.
A tossed green salad with my own vinaigrette
Not picture worthy

The main course:

Crab noodle casserole
An easy casserole, not a cheap casserole, but one that I will make again
for it was so good!

And a hot roll, done Linderhof's way


White silk pie!
It's French silk pie with white chocolate.
I upped the ante a bit with raspberry sauce!

Plated, with a pour of raspberry sauce and a sprinkling of fresh raspberries

Worthy of company!

Whenever anyone comes to visit, there has to be tea and a nosh

The DAR Regent came and so we had tea and chocolate lavender snowballs as we conducted our business!
(There's always some sort of cookie in the larder at Linderhof!)

The following Saturday, friend LaDonna and her husband Russell came to 
Fort Scott for the Confederate Memorial Day ceremony at our National Cemetery
And of course, I invited them for lunch!

Quaker Lace Cloth, Spode Blue Italian dishes, pansies in a Spode Blue Italian bowl as a centerpiece
(these went to the garden later but they definitely lent a touch of spring to the table)

And, of course, napkins in silver rings!

First course is salad -- in place as my guests sat down!

Because I needed a no-fuss lunch, it was my oven stew

And I tried Joanna Gaines cornbread made into muffins because it's easier to eat a muffin that a wedge of cornbread.

A classic combination!

Courtland Buttermilk Pecan Pie made the perfect dessert.
Served, of course with coffee!

Thursday noon I was at Heritage Park
with herbs, books and more chocolate lavender cookies in tow

As I gave a presentation for the Southwind Extension District on Herbs.
Herbs are my passion and I love telling everyone about them!
We had a great turnout and although the weather cooperated with no rain,
it was cold -- or at least colder than it had been!

My entertaining week ended Friday when Nevada friends came for lunch:

 My Quaker Lace cloth, the Pembroke and pink lilies for the center of the table

Dessert coffee service -- all Pembroke!

We started, of course, with a salad.    Baby greens.
Some of which came from my garden!

Fusilli with a lemon cream sauce and filled with fresh vegetables --
baby spinach (alas, not from my garden), halved cherry tomatoes and broccoli
and lots of grated Parmesan cheese.
Lemon wedges so you know that there is lemon in the sauce!

Two plates of pasta -- one on the 2000 version of Aynsley Pembroke and one on the 1900 version!
There are differences and I adore them both!

Dessert was a "fluffy" strawberry pie!

All pink and pretty with fresh strawberries and garnished with a strawberry.

It was a cool and refreshing dessert.

I've not hung up my entertaining apron as yet --
today I'm in charge of the "Quatro" de Mayo adult fellowship dinner at church
We all bring and I got off easy -- I'm bringing lettuce!!!
And a dessert -- a no bake margarita cheesecake -- doubled and served from a 9 x 13 pan!

With entertaining done, I'm eager to get in the garden . . . 
especially with this week's rain --
the garden has grown leaps and bounds!