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									                                                                                                                                                                                         A13 - THE MUSKOKA SUN: Thursday, August 27, 2009
Savour your produce —                                                                             Herbal gift from the garden
Cont. from page 12                       show and flower show awards.            The heat of summer has finally arrived and so has ice cream season. What better way to celebrate
them to dry out. It’s not too late       Potluck supper at 6 p.m. at           bountiful strawberries than by combining with cream and scented rose-geranium leaves?
to start a root cellar for this year’s   Gravenhurst Seniors Centre.                                           Strawberry Rose-Geranium Ice Cream
harvest, you’ll be glad you did.                     Huntsville                  300 g ripe strawberries                          in a heatproof bowl. Set bowl over saucepan of
  For more information on keep-             Sept. 22 — Potluck dinner            2 to 3 scented rose-geranium leaves              simmering water (not boiling), whisking over heat
ing your produce to enjoy this           and awards night at 6 p.m.              Juice of 1/2 lemon                               until it thickens. If mixture overheats and scram-
winter, check out the book Root          with Chef Joanne Cunningham             3 to 4 tbsp caster sugar                         bles, transfer to blender and whiz until smooth.
                                         at Sutherland Hall, All Saints                                                           Set aside to cool. Fold in whipped cream.
                                         Anglican Church.                        Custard cream:                                      Remove rose-geranium leaves and process ber-
  Instructions on                                     Rosseau                    1-1/4 cups homogenized milk                      ries and juices to a rough purée. Stir into custard.
                                                                                 4 egg yolks                                      Taste and adjust the flavour, adding more sugar
building root cellars                       Aug. 29 — Rosseau Agricultural
                                         Fall Fair and Parade. Float theme       2 tbsp caster sugar                              and lemon juice if needed. Transfer to ice cream
                                         is Lunch in the Garden. Parade          1-1/4 cups whipping cream, lightly whipped       maker, following directions or use an empty ice
Cellaring, Natural Cold Storage          starts at 10 a.m.                                                                        tray. Freeze until nearly firm. If using an ice
of Fruits and Vegetables by Mike            Sept. 2 — Marion Thompson            Hull the strawberries, put in bowl with scented tray, this will take two to three hours, then beat
and Nancy Bubel. It’s full of            speaks on Putting your Garden to      rose-geranium leaves, lemon juice and sugar. Fold thoroughly to incorporate air. If you do this twice,
great harvest-keeping tips along         Bed for Winter at 7:15 p.m. at the    everything together and leave for up to two hours the cream will double in volume.
with instructions on building            Rosseau Memorial Community            in a cool place to infuse flavours and make juice.    Makes a light, delicious and fresh ending to a
the various types of root cellars.       Hall.                                   Whisk together the milk, egg yolks and sugar perfect summer meal.
They even include a few deli-                Sprucedale and District
cious recipes you can make to               Sept. 21 — Lynn MacIntosh
savour your produce on those             talks about pioneer gardening
long, cold winter days.                  at 7:30 p.m. at Emsdale, mini
   Kathy Wood is a member of             flower show.
the Bracebridge Horticultural               The Sprucedale and District
Society and a regional director          Horticultural Society meets the
for Region VII of the Garden             third Monday of each month,
Writers Association. Kathy can be        March to November. Meetings
reached at rosewoodpk@sympatico.         alternate between Emsdale,                                                         ELIGIBLE FOR HOME RENOVATION TAX CREDIT
ca. Check out Kathy’s garden blog        Kearney and Sprucedale. For
at kathywoodgardenwriter.blog            more info call 636-0922.
spot.com.
 Calendar of events — District
    18 horticultural societies
                                         Muskoka plant
   Sept. 26 — District 18 annual
fall seminar in North Bay.
                                          of the week
             Baysville                      Russian sage (Perovskia) —
   The Baysville Horticultural           Masses of billowy purple blooms
Society meets on the first               are produced in late summer. As
Thursday of each month,                  germination can be erratic, it
September to May, at 7:30 p.m.           is best to purchase transplants
at the Baysville Seniors Centre.         which are most at home in poor
           Bracebridge                   soil in a sunny spot. Growing
   Sept. 22 — Dick Marshall              with a height and spread of 90
talks on daffodils at 7:30 p.m. at       to 120 cm (36 to 48 inches),
Bracebridge Seniors Centre.              Russian sage with its silvery foli-
           Gravenhurst                   age is best planted at the back of
   Sept. 15 — Members’ garden            the border.

								
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