Friday, July 13, 2012

A Southern Ploughman's Lunch

A few days ago, I found four "Friendly Village" plates at my local antique mall...great price, plus, they had the "made in England" stamp on the back. Yay!
When I brought them home, I was going to store them till Fall, but then, I looked at the scenes and realized they are Spring and Summer scenes...duh! 
                                                                             The Well

                                                The Hayfield
The more I looked at them, the more I thought of my granddaddy's farm, and how he plowed the fields with a mule...

Farmer ploughing his field with a mule, 1974 (64-1457 / tennessee mule ©1974 © SuperStock)
source   No, this isn't Granddaddy...but it looks a lot like him.
Are you still with me? Hang in there... there is an end to this story...
Where was I?  Oh, then I remembered the traditional Ploughman's Lunch post I did last year. 
You can see it here if you missed it.
To make a long story short, I combined two of the Friendly Village farm scene plates, with memories of my Southern granddaddy, and came up with the idea for a Southern Ploughman's Lunch...Whew!

Here's what's being served...
...pork tenderloin, a bit of cheddar, and instead of the usual Branston pickle, we're having chow chow...

...sometimes, a Ploughman's is served on a board, but this time I used my ironstone platters...

...fried green tomatoes...sliced Vidalia onion, and pickled okra.

Instead of the traditional crusty bread, we're having biscuits..

...served with lots of butter and peach preserves.

...and instead of a lager or beer, my Southern Ploughman's is washed down with several glasses of iced tea.

I'll bet that some of my friends from England, who know what a real Ploughman's is, are wondering "what in the world..."?  

 Anyway, I hope y'all enjoyed our Southern Ploughman's lunch. I picked what few flowers I could find...vinca and poke weed.
That's about all that's left after all this hot dry weather. 
Today, it's rained off and on all day and I'm doing the happy dance. 
Y'all have a great weekend,
Hope to see you here:
The Tablescaper ~ Seasonal Sundays


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Babs,
Your Ploughman's lunch looks delicious! But what really caught my eye was your Friendly Village plates. I am collecting the pattern too but I have never run across the spring and summer scenes. How beautiful they are! They also remind me of my days on my Grampy's farm. Great find! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.


Unknown said...

Cuuute but girl, half of your pics are missing! :) I love all the drool-worthy foods, I just got hungry! :)
And your plates are gorgeous! :)


Unknown said...

Oh, I want to come for lunch! Looks so delicious! The plates are gorgeous. Great find.

Lynn said...

I would probably faint if I found Friendly Village at a thrift store! Congrats on the plates and lunch looks great:@)

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

First I love the multi-colored transferware plates and your beautiful tablescape. But, Babs, the food looks so good this could be a recipe and cooking post. Ploughman eat very well!

vignette design said...

Love your Ploughman's Lunch table Babs. Two of my favorite Friendly Village plates! Not to mention the food looks delicious!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Love the dishes Babs and your lunch looks so yummy!! I love fried green tomatoes!

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

My mother has the full set of Friendly Village dishes, the completer pieces, and glassware. I just love it. How exciting that you found four such lovely plates.

On Crooked Creek said...

Saw where it had rained in Georgia and prayed that you were spared from the storms!!! Love your luncheon!!!What a great find on your plates, too! Peach preserves is my FAVORITE for biscuits and PBJ's!!! Enjoy that luncheon with your special MR.!

RaNae @EweCreekCottage said...

Hi Babs thanks for stopping by my blog I thought I would come by and check yours out and was tickled pink to see your beautiful transferware than the ploughmans lunch Southern Style what a treat- my and dh eat those often in fall and winter after seeing The Barefoot Contessa do one on her show. Your fried green tomatoes look fabulous u must share the recipe with us.

An Oasis in the Desert said...

The plates are just lovely, Babs, and your Ploughman's lunch has my mouth watering -- especially the biscuits! My gramma made such great biscuits, but I never got the recipe (insert sad face).

Hope you continue to get some rain. We had some yesterday, & more is predicted today & tomorrow. I may do an Indian Rain Dance!


Sarah said...

Babs, glad you found those plates and decided to share them now rather than later. ;-) Your ploughman's lunch looks hearty, definitely fit for a hungry ploughman!
Enjoy your weekend.......Sarah

Aledia said...

I'm your newest follower :)

I just love your pretty new plates and your ploughmans lunch looks fabulous!
Love the pretty towel as well.
Thank You for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful night!

Aledia @ Plum Perfect

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Oh your food does look delish. The plates are so pretty, and thanks for sharing them.

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

Those dishes are wonderful and the fact that they bring back memories makes them even better! Your lunch looked great...those onions are pure white! I am your newest follower!!!!!!


Food looks great and in those beautiful plates with the summer scenes and the memories they bring, cannot be more perfect!! Enjoy your summer time!

The Artful Diva said...

I remember the first time my husband and I went to England. The first pub we ate at I saw Ploughman's lunch on the menu. I gave it a try and was hooked!

The Tablescaper said...

I too would have saved them until the Fall, but I'm so glad you didn't. I didn't realize there were Summer scenes either. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Anita at Cedar Hill said...

Oh your menu looks so Delicious. I love fried green tomatoes.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Fried green tomatoes! Yum! It all looks fabulous, Babs! Pretty plate! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Debbie said...

I love the southern version. If I head out right now, I can be in your neck of the woods in about four hours, I think. Think there will be any fried green tomatoes left by the time I get there?

Seriously, I did enjoy this post, and I think the lunch looks delicious.

Marigene said...

Love the plates...but what I really would like is those fried green tomatoes!

Betsy said...

The plates are very nice, but what you are serving is the Best!
Have you noticed or maybe it's just me, but the tomatos here do not seem to be as tart as they used to be.
Love your post!

Betsy said...

The plates are very nice, but what you are serving is the Best!
Have you noticed or maybe it's just me, but the tomatos here do not seem to be as tart as they used to be.
Love your post!

Jan Hermann said...

Oh Babs, I love the Johnson Brothers Transferware! There are so many lovely patterns, too! Your lunch looks delicious!

I've added you to my Blog Roll...I'll be visiting often!

Jan ♥