Re: [gardeners] pomegranate proof

Ron Hay (
Fri, 21 Jan 2000 07:37:09 -0800

Good morning, Penny.

My email system was misbehaving for the better part of two days, so I could
not thank you for your lovely dreamscape of a Japanese garden.

Last night the moon poked its head out of the clouds, periodically, and then
obdurately hid behind the cloud cover of the impending storm they have been
promising us in Southern California for days. At least I got to see a little
bit of it, while Vivian was at choir rehearsal. I cannot wait for my voice to
recover from that nasty bout of acid reflux, to be able to rejoin my choir
family of the last 31 years. I feel isolated. I hope and pray I will have
recovered sufficiently to be able to sing in Bach's St. Matthew Passion in a
month or so.

Our hearfelt congratulations to Jimmy on the occasion of his 78th birthday.
God bless him and  you, both.

Cranberry juice? Well, I guess there is some similarity, especially with
respect to the inherent tartness. Most cranberry juice is so sugared up, that
it might be difficult to use in some recipes calling for pomagranate juice.

Speaking of pomagranates, our little tree is bursting with buds. We planted
it in April of last year, and during its long growing season, doubled in
size. I wonder how large it will grow this year. Last year, we got 3 lovely
fruit, but expect a lot more this year, as this is the perfect climate for

Apricot must be dormant-sprayed this weekend, since, with our abnormally warm
winter, it looks like it will be budding up before long. Same with the baby
Panamint nectarine.

I looked yesterday at our fledgling asparagus patch, and one of the plants
looks as if it is about to send up a bract of flowers. Does anyone have
experience with this lovely veggie?

We enjoyed our first home-grown broccoli, night before last. Scrumptious! Can
hardly wait for the asparagus and the artichokes!!

Penny, have you ever tried doing a pot roast with carmelizing about 2 pounds
of onions, then putting in the browned meat, and cooking it in a mixture of
half red wine and half chicken stock. Divine, especially with the addition of
some fresh basil and Italian parsely from the garden!

Well, friends, it's time to get my bod into gear for the office. Gotta fool
them by looking professional, you know:)

Think of spring:)


penny x stamm wrote:

> Did anybody get to see the full moon eclipse tonite...? We are
> having a bit of weather problem, here on the east coast near NYC.
> First snow today, and Jimmie was out there for two hours shoveling
> and smiling and shoveling some more...  Oh, excuse me -- that was
> the third time he was out there!
> Problem is that we are expecting daughter #3 in from St.Louis in
> the morning, and LaGuardia Airport is three hours behind schedule
> with flights.......     The family will be driving from out of town to
> help
> celebrate Jimmie's 78th birthday this weekend, but since the snow
> has stopped temporarily, we hope that the roads will be cleared.
> The far end of Long Island got 8 inches of snow, and as the weather
> man said, they have had such warm winters for a few years that they
> have forgotten how to drive defensively on snow and ice, so there are
> an awful lot of accidents out there.  It's all in the hands of the gods,
> now.
> My three pot roasts are snug as can be in the trunk of my car, all cooked
> and sliced and ready to go. With the thermometer standing at 15*, I let
> the auto manufacturer provide the auxiliary refrigerator, why not? At
> least
> the raccoons can't get in there!
> .........................
> I proved without a doubt this afternoon that pomegranate juice tastes
> exactly like cranberry juice!  I used my old-fashioned glass orange
> juicer, as promised, and squeezed a half of a real pomegranate, and
> strained the juice. The procedure was not efficient, however. Many of
> the pomegranate seeds refused to make contact with the juicer -- so
> if one is in dire need of some pomegranate juice, I would suggest
> visiting a far-Eastern grocery store, to find it. Or -- and I'm not
> kidding --
> just use cranberry juice.  Did you know that Ocean Spray puts out a
> 12 oz can (like a Coke) of concentrate which can stay on your closet
> shelf until you suddenly decide that you want some...?  What will they
> think of next ...<sigh>.....
> Friday afternoon I'll have to assemble the 3 Baked Alaskas, and I
> only have 8 qts of ice cream!  Drats, I goofed...
> Penny, NY
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