4 Jun


this weekend i planted eight new rhubarb plants in our yard. we visited an immaculate garden out of town and the lovely woman, whose hard work i could see all around, chopped us some roots to take home. ‘everything wants to live,’ she said, ‘especially rhubarb.’

i love rhubarb, but i have a feeling that in a couple of years, when those plants are grown, we are going to have oh so many (too many?) of those lovely stalks and giant leaves. oh well, we’ll just add it to the list of overabundant fruit that someone so lovingly planted in this yard once upon a time.

rhubarb crisp is always a hit (was reading a recipe for jamie oliver’s ginger rhubarb crisp. drool), but i needed some more variety. yesterday i made rhubarb soda again (but did it right this time):

*make a syrup with 1.5 cups rhubarb, 1 cup sugar, 1.5 cups water (or use this ratio to double or triple it) ~ combine and boil, simmer until reduced and slightly thick. i blended it at the end for consistency. you could probably get away with less sugar and make it to taste. chill the syrup. for making the drinks, put some syrup in each cup with ice cubes, add club soda. also delicious, we discovered, with vanilla bourbon.

and today we made a rhubarb cake and perhaps a rhubarb sauce for perogies tomorrow?. i hope no one gets hives from the recent rhubarb binge.

any lovely recipes or ideas from your own rhubarb patches?


2 Responses to “rhubarb…”

  1. lindsay June 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    hey e- we love the roasted rhubarb recipe in Simply in Season, especially with some crystallized ginger tossed in. delicious on ice cream or yogurt.

    I can send you the recipe if you don’t have the cookbook… just let me know!

  2. frenchtwistedwoman June 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    I recently posted a recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Soup, which can also be turned into Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet if you have an ice cream maker. You could make it without the strawberries if you prefer. Substitute the same amount of rhubarb and add more sugar. And of course, there’s always rhubarb pie…

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