The Cookbook Book Club met at Linderhof last night
a) I really like her on Great British Bake Off
b) I am an Anglophile
The dining room all set up and waiting for company:
I tried for an English look
Spode (of course)
instead of a tablecloth, my English cork bottom placemats
Whenever we've traveled to England and stayed in B and B's, they always had a "bare" table and these mats for plates.
Alas, I didn't bring mine home from England
because everyone else does and you can find them still in the boxes at flea markets and antique malls
for pennies on the dollar.
Mine are English in origin but all bought here
Dessert service set out the "English" way at the top of the plate.
Parma ham, goats cheese and rocket canapés
The Hostess always provides the main course!
Quick Chicken Curry
Carrot and Poppy Seed Salad
Roasted vegetables with herbs and feta
Little Cottage Rolls
Butternut Squash Soup
And the most important of all!!!!
Baked Berry Cheesecake
Absolutely delicious and one that, I think, will find it's way onto
our tables in the future!
We have cooked "English" before.
But Mary Berry is more traditional, and definitely more well known in Britain than in the US
We learned a lot from cooking with Mary:
1 - there are no appetizers in Britain -- they're either canapés or starters
2 - many of the recipes were British measurements which meant grams rather than cups
3 - biscuits are really cookies
4 - Aubergine is really eggplant
5 - Courgette is really zucchini
6 - there were several ingredients that were not available here
(so we did some creative subbing)
7 - the food was all very good
We had a grand time and who knows, perhaps will visit the British Isles again in the future!