Our kids’ patch winner for issue 14 is Hunter Williams from the Otways in Victoria. Congratulations! You’ve won the Formidable Vegetable Sound System’s CD, Grow Do It.
Next issue we are giving away a copy of Milkwood’s latest book Easy Peasy Gardening For Kids. To be in the running, parents can email a photo through to email@example.com along with your child’s name, age and suburb.
SHOW US YOUR GARDEN
NAME: Hunter Williams
Location of garden: The Otways, VIC
Describe your garden: A big garden and lots of fruit trees, nuts and berries. We have milking goats, two Jersey cows, Dorper sheep and lots of chickens. I love all of them.
What do you grow? Zucchinis, tomatoes, cucumbers, giant pumpkins.
What is your favourite thing to grow? Kale to make into my favourite chips. I love growing broccoli too.
Why do you love gardening? Because I can play outside.
Favourite job in the garden? Planting and harvesting.
CANDIED FLOWERS AND PETALS
These make great decorations for cakes or desserts. You can make them and store them in an airtight jar and use them whenever you want to add a little sweet colourful crunch to your homemade food.
1. Collect petals from roses, violets, pansies, borage, pea flowers or any other edible flower. Make sure you use flowers that have not been sprayed.
2. Crack an egg and separate the white and the yolk. Put the yolk aside and use in cooking. Beat the egg white until foamy.
3. Separate the petals and flowers and dip each one in egg white. Or you can paint the egg white on with a clean artist’s paintbrush. Then shake off any excess egg white.
4. Sprinkle the petals/ flowers with fine sugar and lay on a wire cake rack to dry. They may take about 24 hours to dry completely, depending on the humidity in your kitchen. If you would like to speed up the drying you can put them in a very low oven (60°C)\ for about 10–15 minutes.
5. Store your dried petals/ flowers in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. They will keep for many months.
Keep in mind that you will be eating raw egg, in case you need to inform friends who might have allergies. Bring out your candied flowers for birthday cakes, special desserts or to sprinkle on ice cream. They will be sure to impress.