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Diggers Rest, Issue #011 -Gift giving for gardeners, prune & chestnut stuffing
December 14, 2005
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December 14, 2005 Issue #11
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In this issue:
1) Gift giving for gardeners
Merry Christmas GiftsI have changed the style of Diggers Rest for this special Christmas edition. This month we rest from the gardening tips and concentrate on the season at hand.
Christmas is traditionally a time of gift giving but the true meaning of it all seems to get lost in the marketing messages that are everywhere.
So this year, plan to return to some of the simple, inexpensive gifts that are so much more personal. Here are a few ideas...
These simple personal gifts won't end up in a cupboard or drawer forgotten. They will remind the receiver of your love and goodwill every time they look at them. That's what the gift giving is all about, isn't it?
In the Garden This MonthNorthern Hemisphere:
You're resting. Enjoy your family and friends over the holidays!
Water, water, water. It's hot out there, so make sure your garden is getting a good soaking every now and again. Water infrequently but deeply to make the roots go deep.
Harvest rainwater and use that. You WILL notice the difference in the flavour of your vegetables.
Water under your mulch using a drip system. Never mulch a dry garden. Soak it first.
Never fertilise a dry garden. Soak it first then apply the fertiliser.
See the site for more watering tips
Feature Recipe: Prune, Chestnut and Celery StuffingWe cannot go into the holiday season without a traditional recipe.
I was never very keen on turkey stuffing until I found this recipe. It is from "The Complete Margaret Fulton Cookbook" first published in 1974. I believe it is out of print now. My copy is dog-eared and worn as it has been my companion on every important eating occasion we have ever had in this household. This is just one of the truly great recipes in it.
12 large dessert prunes
Soak the prunes in the wine and water overnight and next day. Simmer gently in this liquid until tender. Drain and reserve the juice. Stone and cut each prune into quarters.
Melt the butter in a large pan and cook the celery and onion very gently until softened. Drain chestnuts.
Mix all the ingredients together, season with salt and pepper. Bind the mixture with a beaten egg adding a little of the prune juice if necessary. Stuff your turkey and sew it up.
This is a beautiful moist, crisp, flavourful addition to your turkey meal.
Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!
Copyright J.L. Williams 2005
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