Friday, October 23, 2009
I didn't have a tire swing growing up in the Hollow, but I did have a wooden swing hanging from an old Elm tree. That swing was there long before I came along, but it still provided me with years of enjoyment.
I can just picture little ones fighting over the next turn in this swing. Is it any wonder we love trees? Take time today to notice one and let it spread some joy in your heart.
Here's a tree inspired recipe from a vintage 1832 cookbook:
Bird's Next Pudding
If you wish to make what is called 'bird's nest puddings', prepare your custard, take either or 10 pleasant apples, pare them, and dig out the core, but leave them whole. Set them in a pudding dish, pour your custard over them, and bake them about thirty minutes.
Custard puddings sufficiently good for common use can be made with five eggs to a quart of milk, sweetened with brown sugar, and spiced with cinnamon, or nutmeg, and very little salt. It is well to boil your milk, and set it away till it gets cold. Boiling milk enriches it so much, that boiled skim-milk is about as good as new milk. A little cinnamon, or lemon peel, or peach leaves, if you do not dislike the taste, boiled in the milk, and afterwards strained from it, give a peasant flavor. Bake fifteen or twenty minutes.