Monday, April 17, 2006

By Special Request / Stuffing Recipe

Dear Readers,

Someone asked for this - so I though I would post it here too . . . enjoy!

By Special Request / Stuffing Recipe

Here is recipe, such as it is, for the whole grain stuffing I mentioned in my Happy Easter post:

Harvest’s Multi Grain Turkey Stuffing:

First – the gain mixture

1 cup brown rice
1/2 cup red winter wheat - whole
1/2 cup pearled barley
2 cups water

Brought all to boil on high heat, turned down to medium and boiled until most of the water was absorbed and then turned down to low until the rest of the water was absorbed. How long did it take? Haven't got a clue - just keep an eye on it.

Then I let that cool for a few hours.

Next the fruit, veggies, and herbs – all fresh:

Peel, core, and dice one crisp apple. Wash and dice two stalks of celery with their leaves. Chop two handfuls of the fresh leaves from garland chrysanthemum, one handful of sweet Cecily, 5 long sprigs of green onions and the same of chives, plus the leaves from several sprigs of thyme, oregano, and lemon balm, and about 5 leaves of fresh sage.

I then mixed about half the cooled rice mixture with all that green stuff listed above. Salted it to taste and stuffed it into the turkey - both the croup and the cavity - stuffed it in as tight as it would go. It all fit - but I only had about a 9 pound bird.

I have to tell you it came out really dang good too . . . It is more sweet than savory with the apple and all the sweet Cecily. Onions, garlic, and rubbed sage instead of the sweet Cecily and the apple would make a more savory stuffing.

I got this wild idea to take the rest of the grain mixture, put it in the food processor with some brown sugar, baking powder, tinch of salt, and more of the sweet Cecily - I got tons. Whiz that all together and bake it until it hangs together a bit and call it desert . . . we shall see . . .

I just checked and I don't have any more sweet Cecily seeds - but I should this summer. It is so wonderful - sweet and mild and anise flavored . . .

The seed banks may still have some of the seeds I sent in:

Dang it, now I am hungry again . . . where are those leftovers? LOL

Have fun,

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Happy Easter

It is cold and slightly stormy here - I hope it is no worse any where else. Dosen't feel much like spring - or Easter . . .

But I got a turkey in the oven. And fresh parsnips to roast, fresh veggies for salad, and a mixed whole grain stuffing seasoned with celery and herbs - all from the garden . . . So I guess it isn't all bad . . .

And - for future reference I am doing a little research on bugs that eat slugs - and the main thing seems to be to get a long season of flowers going to attract and feed these ravenous creatures. More on this in the future . . .

Happy Easter,