Monday, 12 May 2014

Rhubarb Revival

Just a short post as I have a few distractions this week and need to get my serious head down in preparation for them.  

I mentioned last month that my rhubarb was growing fantastically well, and here is the proof - Just look at these thick long stems shimmering in white, pink and lime green. I am so, so pleased.  Last year, I did not get to harvest many stems and they were also on the skinny side.  This year I have been bestowed with an armful and there is much more to come!  So excited, and I am not that much of a rhubarb fan, finding it a little too astringent, but D loves the stuff - so for him, I will be doing some cooking and baking. 
I don't know if I will be able to get through these just between the two of us, so some stems are going over to my family: for the nippers; some being turned into crumble tonight; some transformed into a preserve of sorts and some chopped up for the freezer.  

I am also always looking for new recipe ideas, so please if you have any suggestions they would be most welcome - sweet and savoury.  I am sharing this post with Daphne and Dandelions who is hosting Harvest Monday. 

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    1. Thank you Kate, I make Rhubarb butter quite a lot but not jam, liking the sound of the addition of vanilla. Thank you for sharing the recipe with me via e mail, most appreciated.

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  2. those look impressive - I love rhubarb in crumbles and cake but I have recently found a lovely vanilla yoghurt and taken to stewing fruit to eat with the yoghurt - I can imagine a lovely bowl of stewed rhubarb

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    1. May have to stew some rhubarb like a compote for topping Greek Yogurt, Thanks Johanna,

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  3. WoW! just wow. Amazing and beautiful. It really pays not to harvest some years.

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  4. Wow those rhubarb stems are just huge. Last year I made a rhubarb butter that was just wonderful. I found the recipe (that calls it a jam, but really it is a butter) here:
    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Rhubarb-Jam/Detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=rhubarb%20jam&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page

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    1. Thank you Daphne, they are huge - i too am most amazed. I've rhubarb butter before and loved it, will check out your link - Thank you so much

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  5. I saw a recipe the other day for rhubarb jam, thought I might have a go at that. I quite often just purée it with agave to sweeten it and then use it on my soy yogurt for breakfast, yum xxx

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    1. Rhubarb jam and rhubarb butter both seem to be popular suggestions Fran, still Thank you. I do like the idea of simplicity though, just puree it for yogurt, a bit like a compote - Thank you

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  6. That's an impressive amount of rhubarb! I've actually never cooked with rhubarb, so I'm no help with what to do with all of it.

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    1. Thanks all the same Julie.Nice to make your acquaintance

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  7. Good grief that is some impressively sized rhubarb. I am a fan of rhubarb and raspberry pie.

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    1. I've had rhubarb and strawberry before, but never with raspberry - will so this year as I have raspberries growing in the garden, hopefully the rhubarb will still be chucking out steams. Thank you

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  8. Just received a bag full of already trimmed rhubarb from my former mother-in-law. (Husband had to go but I love and kept my in-laws.) She has a friend that has 3+ plants and hates rhubarb! The plants were already established when they got their house. Anyway, my grandmother made a real nice cake that isn't too sweet. It calls for a cup of butter milk and is baked in a 12 x 8 inch pan. Simple and easy. Will share if you are interested.

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    1. So good to hear from you DahnStarr been a while :0 Hope your well. So good for you for being able to stay on good terms with the former mother in law, that is so unheard of these days. I'd be delighted to see your recipe, I can get hold of buttermilk here for sure.

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  9. Hi Shaheen. What a great harvest! I love rhubarb and one of my favourite recipes is this cobbler: http://wordsandherbs.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/rhubarb-and-strawberry-chocolate-cobbler/
    We had just enough for one crumble this year, so I have to rely on kind neighbours or the local market!

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    1. Oh this sounds amazing and I may have a go at your recipe. If you were near, I'd be happy to share some of my rhubarb with you, but lucky you still have some kind neighbours

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  10. Wow! That Rhubarb is huge! I wish I had some like that. Mine is normally about an inch in diameter. I think Rhubarb needs a lot more light than mine currently gets, so I may have to do something about that...

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    1. Thanks Mark, this rhubarb has been getting lots of light. Move yours to a new location.

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  11. That is really amazing looking rhubarb.

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  12. Oooh they look good. I like the sound of this curry
    http://ni.lovefoodhatewaste.com/node/3865

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