Torn so torn that I am. My two favorite things, gardening and cooking, so I decided to post both today. First I like to introduce my Sticky Rice dish made from sweet long grain rice, Chinese sausage, eggs, green onion, scallion, yellow onion and garnished with cilantro, and basil leaves. This dish is one of our Vietnamese traditions, quite easy to do, it just takes a lot of time to chop the ingredients. And if you know about Asian food, there is a lot of chopping and preparing for most any dish.
First cook the rice and set it aside, but make sure you season it well. Beat a couple of eggs and cook it like you're making rice papers, then slice them long way. The purpose is to make the cooked rice-paper-like-eggs as stringy as possible- it isn't necessary, but it will make the dish look more appealing. To prepare the sausage, slice one sausage in circles and the other one in oblong shapes, then mix the two together. In a medium heated pan, sate the sausage until it's transparent and glossy red. Season all the ingredients while it's still in the wok with soy sauce, or fish sauce, pepper, and a pinch of salt. Finally, serve with basil leaves and or cilantro. Sticky rice is good anytime of the day.
For my first Fertilizer Friday, below are three African Violet leaves propagation. It has been good to me! I used to not able to keep an African Violet happy or living for very long. What you see down below is an over-time trial and error with a lot of patience and perfecting. I now can propagate any African Violet leaf -provided they are healthy. In the first picture, you see three mother leaves, and a bunch of little baby leaves at the base of each. I usually divide the babies up even more, in this case, I could get at least three groups out of one leaf. If you are an experience African Violet grower you can see how the groups are already predetermined by the plants themselves, otherwise you need to click on the image and try to see if you can see the division. I am a beginner at propagation, but enjoy it immensely. It is very powerful and rewarding when things you've taken care of actually show how they benefit from your care. The nice full pot in the last picture has been given to my mommy. I gave it to her last Sunday when it has started some blooms, I hope the plant will flourish for her...before she kills it (unintentionally of course). More on that another time...
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