Archive for September, 2011




Kale is one of my favorite plants for many reasons. It’s nutritious, and great tasting, especially for the home gardener who can grow choice varieties and harvest the fresh leaves when they are young and tender. Kale is very hardy and can survive through the extremes of both hot and cold weather.

Other popular kale seed varieties include: Red Russian, Siberian, Red Ursa, White Russian, Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch, Konserva, Redbor, Winterbor, Premier, Hanover Salad and Starbor.

Jan’s Kale Salad
This is adapted from my friend Jan’s recipe. And she got it from a friend. No telling where the friend got it, but I’m guessing each person adjusted it a bit.

1 small bunch of kale (lacinato preferred)
1 cup bread crumbs (to make your own, crumble a piece of very dry toast)
1/4 cup sliced almonds (Jan uses pine nuts)
1/4 chopped dried figs
1/2 cup or more crumbled feta cheese

4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons shallot, minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


* Wash kale and discard stems. (Toss them in your compost!)
* Cut the kale into thin ribbons (chiffonade). Stack the leaves, roll them into a long tube, then slice into thin strips. If this sounds too fussy for you, just chop it.
* For the dressing, whisk together the olive oil, shallots, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
* In a large bowl, toss kale with dressing to coat. Add the feta, figs, bread crumbs and almonds and toss. Salt and pepper to taste.


Rosemary will grow from seeds but this is not recommended as the success rate is very low. Small cuttings are easy to grow. Put in light, sandy soil where you want your plant to grow or start in small pots and plant out when established.

Rosemary comes from warm Mediterranean areas but adapts well to colder climates. In areas of heavy frost, a cutting potted up and kept in a sheltered spot will insure against total loss of your plant over winter.

Dryness suits rosemary, so well-drained soil and sunshine will be best.

Once established rosemary can be harvested all year round.

Rosemary grows well in patio pots or tubs.

Popular varieties of Rosemary include the following:

* Pink Majorca (trailing)
* Arp Rosemary (upright)
* Tuscan Blue (upright)
* Salem (upright)
* Creeping Rosemary (trailing)
* Santa Barbara (semi-upright)
* White Rosemary (upright)
* Spice Islands (upright)
* Blue Boy (dwarf/trailing)
* Miss Jessup (upright)
* Huntington Carpet (trailing)
* Collingwood (semi-upright)

A great food for all ages

A great food for all ages

Yogurt is a great food for all ages from infancy up. The Hunza people of northern Pakistan are famed for the high number of centenarians amongst them. They use yogurt as a big part of their diet.

Yogurt is a great food for the elderly and almost anyone who has health problems. Yogurt can be incorporated into our diets in a whole host of ways. It makes great desserts of course and yogurt drinks are absolutely delicious and very easy to make at home. You can even make bread and cakes using yogurt.

If you want to get more yogurt into your diet, try making a salad dressing with it or just add a spoonful to your salad when serving.

Animals can benefit from it too. Dogs fed mainly on tinned food will benefit from a little yogurt added to their diets. Real and fermented food is important for them, too.

Types of yogurt and keeping properties

The longer yogurt is kept the higher the amount of lactic acid present. Yogurt keeps very well in a fridge or cool place. Throw it out if it gets too sharp tasting. The liquid which forms on the top can be stirred back in – or used in cooking.

The thicker natural yogurts such as Greek yogurt are produced by straining the yogurt. Low fat yogurt is widespread with the current obsession with all things low fat; full fat yogurt is harder to find but is absolutely delicious at around 10% fat. If your diet is otherwise rational you do not need to fear full-fat yogurt!

Probiotic yogurt
There are new strains of yogurt coming onto the market, incorporating “probiotics” such as L. rhamnosus GR-1. This particular culture is anti-allergenic, that is it reduces people’s susceptibility to allergens. A recent study at the University of Western Ontario showed that yogurt containing this particular probiotic could remain active for upto a month.

More of these new cultures are likely to become available in supermarkets and health food stores in the near future.

Yogurt will normally keep for a week or two in the fridge. Use by dates on bought yogurts tend to be conservative, for obvious reasons.

world smallest swim suit

Poisonous plant

This plant is very common in our houses, gardens, parks and offices.

The plant (Dumb Cane) is dangerous, so, please take care!

The leaf of this plant causes itching if its sap (milk) touches your skin.

One of my friends almost lost her daughter who put a piece of the leaf of this plant in her mouth and her tongue swelled to the point of suffocation.

Touching your eyes after touching the plant can cause partial or permanent blindness.

The Campus Pot Connection

The Campus Pot Connection