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.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Cookbook Book Club -- Mary Berry Edition

The Cookbook Book Club met at Linderhof last night
The theme:
Mary Berry
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.

Our food:


Parma ham, goats cheese and rocket canapés

Main Course:

The Hostess always provides the main course!
Quick Chicken Curry

Go Withs:


Spanish Tortilla


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.
Jamie Oliver
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!


Donna said...

The atmosphere was great with the beautiful table setting to the wonderful music from the Beetles and Elton John; and of course the great food and friendship is priceless. Thank you Martha for a wonderful evening!

Unknown said...

Your table looked beautiful and the food looked delicious!!It looked like you had a great time with your friends!!💗

JDM said...

Have you stopped writing the blog?


Denise said...

Hello Martha. Just stopping by to say that I miss you and that I hope all is well for you.