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Old 06-27-2011, 05:05 PM
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sure RR, come on over, anytime
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Old 06-27-2011, 05:17 PM
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will see you in my dreams garden buddy
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:33 PM
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GT I am so happy for you, it looks gorgeous and will be even more in your garden! I am not surprise of this story seen your garden pictures. I think everyone would like to have a visit and enjoy the beauty you created. Enjoy for many, many years!
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:40 PM
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It sounds like she went to his garden. HMMMMMM,GT, when he comes to yours, have you thought of his gift?
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:04 PM
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Yes she did because he wanted to visit hers, it was my understanding may be I am wrong
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:33 AM
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mara, the guy has everything, he is not out for gifts, i am sure of! but yes, he visited my yard first, and there were actually plants he asked for divisions and cuttings, for example a pup from the musa siam red.
and walking through his garden I came up with a handful of plants I still can share with him
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:16 AM
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Running with scissors through his garden on a sunny day, were you?
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:09 AM
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actually no, he had his clippers, and he happily kept snipping away

oh my, I already lost a leaf, now that is NOT a good start
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Old 06-28-2011, 01:21 PM
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AAAAWWWWWW shucks.
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Old 06-28-2011, 04:03 PM
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yep, that happened while shoving the plant into a tiny GTI
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Old 06-28-2011, 04:31 PM
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You'll be fine, GT. Ae Ae are wicked fast growers. In the meantime, don't waste that leaf! Wrap some fish in it and grill that puppy!
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Old 06-28-2011, 04:54 PM
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oh shucks, it already ended on the compost heap ... never thought of using leaves for cooking. tell me more
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:54 PM
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(Can't you fish it out of the compost and wash it?) Banana leaves are ideal for grilling and steaming things. You cut the leaf off of the midrib by running a really sharp knife from the pstem end to the tip of the leaf, which should get you two nice long sheets of leaf. Wash them in warm water to soften them, cut into squares or rectangles (roughly) then lay the stuff to be steamed in the center of the piece. Wrap inwards, seal with toothpicks, and bake/steam/grill for 30-35 minutes.

I'm actually working on a pictorial based on my dinner tonight, which is fresh Tilapia fillets bake-poached in banana leaves. I'll post it once I've got the cooked pics - it's still in the oven.
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That is really neat. Can you do that with any kind of banana leaves? What is the desired effect of using banana leaves?
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:59 PM
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ah yes, makes sense. not sure if i want to do fish this way, I don't like fish when it lays so white and mushy from just steaming on the plate, but I am sure there are other things I could prepare in banana leaves
looking forward to your pictorial!!
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