My First Real Garden – I

I have lived in dorms, small rooms or apartments ever since boarding school and in the past ten years or so always have at least a few plants in pots. Living in the Catskills of New York was my first opportunity to have a real garden in my own plot of land, where I could do exactly what I wanted, however I wanted. It was a most satisfying dream-come-true experience.


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Plum Dumplings

Hungarian Plum Dumplings (Szilvasgomboc) are a traditional food, this recipe comes from the Hungarian Cookery Book by Karoly Gundel (1956)

Serves 6

  • 6 potatoes
  • 3 eggs
  • 40g (2oz) butter
  • salt
  • flour
  • plums or damsons

Boil six mealy potatoes and rub them through a hair sieve. Add the butter, eggs, salt and as much flour as they will absorb but not too much. Roll it out and then cut it into squares big enough to hold a plum.



Potato and Bacon Muffins

This is a tasty muffin recipe that uses potatoes as the base for people who are gluten free. 4 lg potatoes 2 egg yolks, beaten well 1 med onion, grated (optional) 1/4 c arrowroot 1 t salt ½ t baking powder 3 T melted butter 2 egg whites, stiffly beaten 4-5 pieces of bacon or speck fried crispy, roughly chopped…

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