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Page 2C NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press March 31,2010 ']?his week.., it's about 00hai few years ago the nursery osted a cooking event resented by Sap Apisak- ski, the owner of Madam Mam's Thai restaurants in Austin. As 2 o'clock approached we soon found our old house at the nursery oveffiowing with a mix- ture of culinary amateurs and professionals, and for two hours Sap taught us a ton of secrets about cooking with Thai herbs. I recently looked back over my notes on this subject, and found this article I had written about some of the herbs that are essential to successful Thai cooking. THAI UME (CITRUS HYTRIX) This is a lime tree that can be grown from cuttings or seed. The lime is rough and bitter and the tree is quite thorny. But it is the leaves that are used in abundance in Thai reci- pes. The zest of the fruit is also used in making curry pastes. Like most citrus, Thai lime (known as Mak-root in Thai- land) should be given a full-sun to part-shade exposure. Since most citrus isn't cold hardy, Thai lime should be grown in a container, so it can be protected in the winter. They IT'S .aBOUT are considered heavy feeders and should be given frequent applications of plant food, espe- cially during the growing season (spring to fall). If you have ever wanted to grow citrus, this may be a good place to start. LEMON GRASS (CYMBOPOGON crrRATES) This is a clump grass that is easy to grow and is used heavily in manyThai recipes. It can grow to a height of 4 feet and loves a sunny exposure. Lemon grass likes a deep soil, rich in compost, and a protect- ed spot away from the winter wind. After the first frost you should cut it back and mulch it heavily. The fleshy base of each stalk is used for cooking. It should be minced finely and ground in a food processor. Lemon grass is used to make curries, soups, and teas. GALANGAL GINGER (ALPINIA GAI..ANGAL) An exotic ginger with green- ish-blue leaves and beautiful white flowers. It grows four to five feet in height and spreads via underground roots or rhizomes. Galangai ginger, or khaa as it is known in Thailand, flourishes in the shade and requires some winter protection. If it is planted outside, it should be placed in a protected spot and mulched heavily for winter. It also does well as an indoor plant. Grown indoors, it should be given a sunny spot close to a window. The fleshy rhizome of this plant can be harvested for use in soups such as tom-khaa, and in stews. THAI SWEEi" BASIL (0ClMUM BASIUCUM VAR THYRSlFLORA) Called hompa in Thai, this is an easy-to-grow summer an- nual herb related to sweet basil. It has a paler green leaf with purplish coloration close to the flower bracts. Like all basils, it enjoys a sunny exposure and moist, well-drained soil. Basil always dies away after the first bout of cold weather, however, it can be grown in a sunny kitchen window or garden room. One can also save the seed for next spring's planting. Thai sweet basil is used as a garnish for its aromatic qualities. HOLY BASIL (OCIMUM'IIUIFLORUM) This is also very easy to grow in the spring-through-fall garden. Its leaves and flower bracts are purplish in color, adding a striking ornamental effect to the garden. Holy basil is always cooked before eating. It is used for stir-fry and has a very aromatic, peppery flavor. For a memorable Thai culi- nary experience visit Madam Mam in Austin on Westgate Blvd. or on Guadalupe Street (The Drag). We are deeply grateful to Sap for sharing his expertise with us. Happy gardening everyone! If you have a horticultural question, send it to me via emaiL" iathyme@yahoo.com. (Please put lsk Chris Window' in the subject line.) Or mail your letter or post- card to:Ask Chris Window. It's About Thyme: 11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 On Center Continued from pg. 1C ed the breaking news that the Kyle Community Library would be relocating to downtown Buda and that the novice hiker had finally been located after a har- rowing two days of being lost in the wilds of Mountain City. I'm not sure I've ever had more fun proofing this newspaper than I did that night. All that, and it's not even the weekend yet. Don't forget that HCISD is taking a holiday on Friday. So keep in mind.., kids on skateboards and wandering aimlessly. Hang up and watch out for the locals. Do head downtown, though, on Friday. The Old Town Gift Emporium will be throwing open its doors again after a bit of a sabbati- cal and hosting the biggest sale downtown Kyle has seen in years (maybe ever). And that aroma you're smelling? Friday is also the premier of the Kyle Fajita Fiesta and BBQ Cookoff. Come to find out, it is more than rumored that Kyle :is the birthplace of the fajita. Seems Sonny Falcon created the art form to sell at some festival downtown back in 1969.. He had folks lining up at his booth all day. So, in celebration of this birthright, cooks from all over will be amassing on City Square Park to vie for prize money and the status of creating the best fajita taco of the year. Judging begins at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday night. Which leads us to Market Days. Our favorite first-Satur- day-of-the-month festival kicks back to life on the 3 d with a farmer's market and crafts and art and, you know, townsfolk getting together and talking and laughing and hanging out in their city center. Come downtown. Spend some money. Spend some time. Add your cool vibe to the town you chose to call home. ...... Abo00 Thvlne I (;ARI)EN t LE .... + Texas History Continued from pg. 1C And that's how Katherine Anne Porter wound up next to her mother in the graveyard at Indian Creek and her papers halfvmy across the country at the thiver- sity of Marytan Even in death the literary exile has not come completelyhome. Editors Note: The daildhood home of the Pulitzer Prizewin- ning author Katherine Ante Porter is located at 508W. Center Street in Kyle and is open by appointment To arrange a visit, call 512-268- 6637. "Secession & CiviI War"- latest "Best of This Week in Texas History" collection available for $10.95 plus $3.25 postage and handling from Bartee Halle, I?0. Box 152, Friend- suax TX 77549 or order on-line at twith.com. Odds & Ends Continued from pg. 1 ago and Daniel Heidenan recently refinished it. (ity .Secretary Karen Gailahr is looking for artifacts usd or given by the school in ne days of the Uhland Kangarms or any other organization Oh by the way, Raynond and Myrtle Heidemanhad an early Easter gatheringfor the family on Palm Sund. Ray likes to stay close to l-ome, but enjoys having thefamily. Not all were able to  there to enjoy lunch, the egg lunt and visiting. Coming were Ade- lene Wisian, Clarenc Heide- man and Ellie Schawe of San Marcos; Mike, Debbie, Raney and Cooper Moore and Becca Schultz of Kyle; Terry Kleen, Daniel and Sharon Heide- men, Don, Tracie and Logan Crowell and Brian Heideman of Uhland. Texas Rural Water Associa- tion's 4 lt annual convention was held at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel in San Anto- nio on March 25-26. Daniel Heideman, Manager of County Line SUD of Uhland attended the convention that was very informative. 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