Archive for September, 2008

There are vegetables growing in the park!

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Vegetables growing in the middle of a Vienna?

Not likely, and not every year, but this was the exact scene in Vienna, Austria, in the summer of 2005. The project, 25Peaces, a play on words, commemorated the 60 year anniversary of the Second Republic, the 50 year anniversary of the treaty after WWII, and the 10 year anniversary of Austrian membership in the European Union. This project was brought to life as a reminder to peace and freedom, and one of the sub-projects attempted to recreate the small gardens that the citizens of Vienna laid out in the parks after the war. Instead of grass and flowers, cabbages, lettuce, tomatoes and beans grew again on Heldenplatz, one of the parks surrounding the old city. Fences were built from anything available as they were 60 years ago, from window frames to old doors, chairs, ladders, even bicycles.
You may know these gardens under the name ‘victory gardens‘, same principle though, providing food in times of need.

Tomato Jam

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

If tomatoes are rolling into your kitchen faster than you know what to do with them, here is a recipe I discovered at Just Recipes a number of years ago. It makes a great jam, the ginger adding just enough zing to balance out the sweetness.

Tomato Jam Ingredients

Tomato Jam

1 lb Tomatoes (green or red)
1 lb Sugar
2 oz Ginger root
1 Cinnamon stick
1 Grated rind(lemon or orange)

The entire recipe can be found here: Tomato Jam. Enjoy!