For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   Dec 22

Your Questions About Gardening

Linda asks…

How Indian saree can be made more popular with western world ?

Many women are very curious about saree and would like to try it out. Problem is that it requires tailor made attire like particular blouse and petticoat.

How indian Saree designers can make it simple to use so that anyone can wear it easily ?

Any creative ideas ?

GardenersCardiff answers:

Make it warm for the winter, cool for the summer and make it less dangly and drapey and draggy on the ground and more practical for real life. A western woman wants clothes that easy to wear and suit her busy lifestyle and a sari simply doesn’t work. How would I get on a subway or bus when I have fabric falling off my shoulder? How would I mow the lawn or get on my hands and knees in my garden with all that drapery around the legs? And how in heaven’s name would I ever be able to get on my motorcycle? And in the winter -how on earth could I even think of navigating snow banks or knee deep snow drifts? Or use a snow blower -Would all the dangling fabric get caught in the snow blower blades? Would it get wet and salty when dragging in puddles? And I’ve seen saris get caught in modern mechanics such as elevator doors, escalators, Bus doors, bicycle chains etc. The escalator incident bordered on tragic: the poor woman in the sari was almost strangled to death before someone hit the emergency stop. And it was not the first time that’s happened according to the store.

I doubt nine yards of silk fabric wrapped elaborately around the body and draped over a shoulder and dangling on the floor and worn with “petticoats” will ever be a practical option for western woman. It’s been available in indian markets and indian fabric stores. It’s not like it’s impossible to find indian fashions in large cities. They just don’t work for western women’s lives. That’s why it has never been accepted by western woman we like freedom to move and live in our clothes and don’t like clothes that restrict or freedom.

Lisa asks…

What did satan see in Eve that made him tempt her instead of Adam?

Did he think he could sway her easier than he could Adam?
Or was she just at the wrong tree at the wrong time and he could have just as easily have directly tempted Adam?And was it easier for a woman to tempt Adam than satan himself?

GardenersCardiff answers:

Little Red Riding Hood and The Logical Jedi have some good points.

However, there is at least one important point that no one has mentioned: “Adam was not deceived” (1 Timothy 2:14).

Satan (and the Serpent WAS Satan, as Riding Hood and Revelation 12:9 & 20:2 point out) had certainly studied the situation to map out the weaknesses in the couple. And he saw these:
1) Eve didn’t have the correct warning (whether she was instructed incorrectly or confused the message in her own mind, it is not clear) — leaving an opportunity for doubt to enter in;
2) Women (in general) are more susceptible to deception than men (I know I’ll get flack for that, in this “politically correct” but spiritually corrupt society);
3) Adam’s weakness was Eve — in the same way women can bend the will of their men even today.

Though Eve was deceived, Adam was not (1 Timothy 2:14); however, Adam allowed himself to be swayed by his wife (“Then to Adam He [God] said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife…” — Genesis 3:17). The implication here is, that Adam allowed his wife to “convince” him to do what he knew was wrong. And because Adam KNEW he was doing wrong, his is the greater sin (Luke 12:47-48).

Satan attacks us at our weaknesses — whether directly or through others.

Relevant Scriptures:
1 Timothy 2:14 — And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.

Genesis 3:17 — Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife,

Warning to Adam:
Genesis 2:16-17 — And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Message Eve Had:
Genesis 3:2 — And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”

Luke 12:47-48 — And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Sandy asks…

I bought 3 dozen eggs because they were on sale, have a question about a recipe?

I love egg salad sandwiches but I have never made them before(I know crazy) could somebody please give me a quick recipe for them and also what kind of side dish to have with them?? Thanks a bunch!

GardenersCardiff answers:

You can have whatever kind of side you want or would have with other sandwiches (fries, chips, crackers, pita chips, my favorite: bagel chips) when i’m lazy, i just use mayo, dijon, oinios, and celery, but here’s a few easy GREAT variations. The foolproof way for perfect hard eggs is to simple put them in a pot of COLD water. Bring the water to a boil, cover and REMOVE from heat. Let them sit for about 15 minutes. Dunk in ice water to stop cooking. Perfect, not rubbery, no green ring on yolk!

Garden Egg Salad

6 large eggs
1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 scallions (white and green), thinly sliced,
1 rib celery, minced, scant 1/2 cup
2 radishes, grated on the large holes of a box grater
8 romaine lettuce leaves
1 cup pea or other sprouts

Put the eggs in a saucepan with enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil, cover, and remove from the heat. Set aside for 12 minutes. Drain the eggs and roll them between your palm and the counter to crack the shell, then peel under cool running water.
Dice the eggs. Combine the eggs with mayonnaise, mustard and season with the salt and pepper. Stir in the scallions, celery, and radish.

Divide the egg salad among the lettuce leaves, top with the sprouts and roll up.

Curried Egg Salad

6 hard boiled eggs
1 stalk celery, finely diced
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
1 heaping teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 cloves roasted garlic
2 teaspoons curry powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 ciabatta, sliced in thirds and halved

In a large bowl mash eggs with a fork. Stir in diced celery and red pepper. In a separate bowl mix together the mustard, mayonnaise, roasted garlic, curry powder, salt and pepper. Add dressing to eggs, mix well. Mound 1/2 of mixture to make each sandwich on 1/3 of ciabatta.

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