The Nuttery : Volume 3 Number 3 July 1984

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Summer Field Day Announcement

Saturday 25 Aug 1984
The Petawawa Forestry Station, 10:00 AM
Sponsored by the Horticulture SIG

The summer field day, organized by the Horticulture SIG, is set for the 25 Aug at 10:00 AM at the Station. As the Forestry Station is arranging to have its staff on duty on a Saturday, not a normal working day, please be prompt. The Station is on Highway 17 beyond the military base, about 2 hours driving time from Ottawa.

Alec Jones is coordinating the trip. Please let him know if you can attend as soon as possible, as the Station has asked for a head count. If you need a ride call Alec (613)828-6459 or Hank Jones 731-5237. If you can car-pool with a friend, even better.

Please bring lunch and refreshments

Spring Picnic Report

The spring picnic was held at Jim Bartley's new Gatineau home. The weather was decidedly rainy, but 9 hardy souls turned out! The day was certainly worthwhile. Besides the delicious barbeque Jim provided (he proved that you can barbeque in the rain!), the walking tour discovered several nut trees in the vicinity. There are oaks, butternuts and hazel, all within a few minutes walk of Jim's place. All are bearing fruit this year. Jim is optimistic that he will be able to provide seed and specimens of young trees for the Fall Field Day seed exchange. Our hearty thanks to Jim and the Membership SIG for an interesting outing!

Forthcoming Events

Two more events are planned for this year:

  1. The Fall Field Day on Sept. 29
  2. The Winter Meeting on Jan. 9, 1985

Please mark your calendars.

Executive meetings are planned for August 31 and December 14. If you want to put any item on the agenda, or points of view for discussion, call the Chair, Hank Jones at 731-5237, or any member of the executive.

A Contact with the UK

On a recent vacation to the UK, Bill and Phil Dickson were able to establish a liaison with E.F.G. Nurseries, a division of the Economic Forestry Group, whose purpose is the testing and supply of tree and shrub seed from various origins to all parts of the UK and Europe. Although they are wholesale suppliers of seed to Nurseries and Forest Management groups, when Bill explained the purpose of SONG, he received very favourable reception and may be able to secure a few seeds of Nut Trees when available for experimental purposes. Dr. Gordon, who is in charge, had recently visited Ottawa and expressed interest in the idea. Bill was given a copy of their seed catalogue.

Black Walnut Cranberry Pound Cake

Irene Woolford has provided us with this recipe from a calendar. She suggest it as a Christmas time recipe.

1 cup butter or margarine (see note below)
16 oz confectioner's sugar
6 eggs
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup (4 oz) black walnut pieces, chopped
1 cup fresh cranberries
2 Tbsp grated lemon rind

Pre-heat oven to 300°F. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla. Add flour. Beat on an electric mixer at medium speed for 10 minutes. Stir in black walnut, cranberries and lemon rind.

Pour into greased 9 inch tube or 9 cup fluted tube cake pan. Bake at 300°F for 1½ hours or until cake is golden brown, and pulls away from the side of the pan. Cool 10 minutes in the pan before inverting onto a cake rack to finish cooling. Serves 10-12 people.

Note - Kathleen Jones reports that she tried this recipe as recorded, with 1½ cup butter and found it had too much fat. Agnes Macintosh tried it with only 1 cup of butter or margarine, and found it delicious and light.

Provided by ECSONG. Feel free to copy with a credit.