Sunday, October 17, 2010

An Unattended Garden

Leaving a garden unattended for several days at the lake can bring some unexpected surprises. I am posting a photo that took my breath away. My thoughts about a previous blog provided some inspiration for the following free verse. It was a collaborative writing effort from a visiting friend.

Mr Scarecrow
sentry on a stick
keeping watch
this fine autumn day.

with shredded guts
flapping in the wind.

A pasted smile
trying to be brave
but only wishing
for his former self.


I am revisiting the ginger cookie recipe posted while back since I made a few modifications.
Ginger Cookies
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 4 TB. of dark molasses
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 3/4 cup shortening( use combination of half butter and margarine)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • Cream sugar and shortening, add molasses and egg and mix well
  • Mix dry ingredients and stir into sugar/shortening mix
  • Place bowl of dough in freezer for 45 minutes to chill
  • For each cookie roll dough into 1 inch balls and then roll ball in sugar
  • Keep dough chilled as each batch is made
  • Place on a ungreased cookie sheet
  • Bake 375 for 9-10 minutes
Sweet and Sour Pork
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 TB. cornstarch
  • 2 TB. sherry
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 lb. pork cut into cubes
Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • 6 TB. sugar
  • 6 TB. vinegar
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth (low sodium)
  • Combine eggs, flour, cornstarch, sherry and salt in small bowl. Add pork and coat thoroughly. Refrigerate about 30 minutes.
  • Mix sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, tomato paste, 1 tsp. cornstarch, hot pepper sauce, and broth and set aside.
  • Heat oil in wok over high heat between 350 and 375 add pork and cook till golden brown. about 4-5 minutes-drain on paper towels
  • Add to the liquid ingredients: chopped mushrooms, diced tomatoes, carrots and broccoli and stir fry about 15-20 minutes, add meat and cook till thickened
  • Serve over rice

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