George Washington's favorite food

July 6, 2108 Newsletter



Heartiness Approach Newsletter – July 6, 2018 – Thank your for joining us.

George Washington’s Garden
and our Land

America has a lot of problems. We don’t watch the news anymore, but it is still our America. If you have ever been outside the states you know how free we are. 

George Washington designed his landscape and his garden himself.
We are in the process of this.

He designed places of pleasure around his property for enjoyment of his family.
We are excited to incorporate pleasure areas around our land.

He built a greenhouse for rare and exotic plants.
We are striving to get a hoop house to grow winter crops and spring seedings.

He cultivated many fruit trees.
We are planning our food forest.

Martha once wrote “vegetables were the best part of living in the country
A small vegetable garden was the first thing we put in.

He had a botanical garden for experimentation.
We are planning a secret garden full of flowers and beautiful things.

George was serious about manure doing many experiments to find the right type.
We learned last year that horse manure is not the best type for the garden. We too are experimenting.

He found that having good proper tools made success.
We lack good proper tools right now. We need a tractor, a chain saw, a riding mower.

He had the gardeners extend the season with glass jars and window frames.
We brought window frames from Oregon to make cold frames.

As a disclaimer, even though we are true George Washington fans he did carry out his plans on his land by using enslaved workers. How grateful we are that we can struggle to get it all done ourselves instead of using people who had no choice to be here.

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Cabbage, with Onions

This recipe is from Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Foodways Presents -History is Served

They provided two versions.

18th Century

Boil them separately, and mix them in the proportions you like; add butter, pepper, and salt, and either stew them or fry them in a cake.

— Mary Randolph’s The Virginia House-Wife, pg. 136.

21st Century

1/2 head of green cabbage
1 white onion
salt and pepper
3 Tbsp. butter
½ cup flour
3 eggs
3/4 cup of milk
lard for frying

Split the cabbage into quarters and remove the core. With a knife, chop cabbage into long ¼ inch strips, or mince finely.

Halve the onions and slice them into long ¼ inch strips, or mince finely.
Boil the cabbage and onions until tender.

Drain the vegetables; add butter along with salt and pepper. The dish can be served hot at this point, or battered and fried in cakes as described in steps 5-8.

Drain the cabbages and onions in a colander. Add salt to sweat the vegetables for about 20 minutes. This will ensure the batter sticks to them.

Combine the flour, eggs and milk together to make a batter about the consistency of pancake batter.

Mix the drained vegetables in the batter.

Make the cakes by putting about ½ cup of the vegetable mixture in a medium hot frying pan. Fry until the cakes are brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.

We had the cabbage and onions both ways. For lunch we had them in a side bowl with butter. For dinner we had them fried in little patties. We don’t have that kind of food very often but it was REALLY good. 

Heartiness Approach Standards

Eat 3 meals and 2 snacks a day.

Meals and Snacks contain:

  1. A good Carbohydrate,

  2. A correct fat,

  3. A Good Protein,

  4. A non-starchy Vegetable.

Skipping breakfast is not an option – Eat it.

Stop eating 2-3 hours prior to going to bed

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