Monthly Archives: May 2015

  • Sample Page

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    Hi there! I'm a bike messenger by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my blog. I live in Los Angeles, have a great dog named Jack, and I like piña coladas. (And gettin' caught in the rain.)

    ...or something like this:

    The XYZ Doohickey Company was founded in 1971, and has been providing quality doohickeys to the public ever since. Located in Gotham City, XYZ employs over 2,000 people and does all kinds of awesome things for the Gotham community.

    As a new WordPress user, you should go to your dashboard to delete this page and create new pages for your content. Have fun!

  • Sweet Cicely and Rhubarb

    Sweet Cicely

    Hello Gardeners,

    Here is a little known herb that is easy to grow and looks as pretty as it's name. Sweet Cicely has an aromatic aniseed like flavour and has been traditionally grown in cottage gardens to sweeten sharp fruits in tarts and puddings.

    Sweet Cicily Plants grown in the Haxnicks Garden

    Sweet Cicely looks very similar to cow parsley with frond-like leaves and delicate white flowers and grows best in well drained soil in a sunny position. It can grow quite tall but can be cut right back after flowering.

    The seeds can be used whole in cooking or as a ground spice.  However you can also use the leaves.  I use the them for a little culinary trick taught to me long ago by my mother. Pick a handful of the leaves and wash.  Then stew them in the same pan as your rhubarb.  remove them when the rhubarb is cooked through.  They will not only give a delicate aniseed flavour, but also cut through the acidity of the fruit. The tartness of stewed rhubarb that makes your teeth feel furry magically disappears. One small grandchild of mine overheard me talking about this and asked to be shown the 'teeth fairy plant'! So that is what it's known as in our garden.

    Goodbye for now,
    Grandpa Haxnicks

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