Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Vegetable Query: Rhubarb

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Tried something new over Easter at Miriam's: Rhubarb.
I've always thought it was just another Celery, and would taste like a Celery. Was I wrong.

First, we stripped off the "red skin".
That was fairly easy.

Chopped them up. Put them into a pot with a copious amount of sugar.
And then let the Rhubarbs boil, cook, and simmer. That didn't take more than 30 minutes.

Served it up as dessert!
It was sour beyond my expectations of a "vegetable". This was where the copious amounts of sugar helped -- a sweet and sour dessert.

How else can Rhubarb be prepared?
And, what are they called in your side of the world?
Rhabarber, it's called in German.


  1. We use rhubarb here for dessert too. I've only tried it once - a rhubarb tart and it was good!

  2. In Flemish, it's Rabarber! But yummy all the same! :)

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  3. Yum, yum, yum - rhubarb crumble! That was my favourite when I was a child. You peel, chop and liberally sugar the rhubarb, as you did at Miriam's, but then you top it with a crumble topping (this is basically a pastry mix which you get to the 'fine breadcrumbs' stage and then leave it crumbly, stirring in sugar, plus nuts/oats if you like). So you put the crumble mix on top of the rhubarb, sprinkle with more brown sugar, and bake slowly in the oven! It needs to be served with custard - proper English custard! It's also possible to make rhubarb fool, which is a cold, creamy dessert - very good, but I don't know the recipe off the top of my head! Even though it is technically a vegetable, I think it's always served as a fruit...

  4. BTW, I just noticed you were asking abut how the big things had got under the church floorboards, and it's a good question! I think the jars were found in the boiler room, which may never have had proper flooring - lots of gaps there for things to be stored in, perhaps???

  5. yummy rhubarb!
    i'd eat it as crumble with tinned devon custard!

    the other day i saw it used in a coctail with apple brandy and ginger ale? i'll check the website and get back to you!

  6. It sure looks like a red celery. lol :) I'm interested to try this weird vegetable.

  7. Strawberry & Rhubarb Pie is amazing! I have to make at least one every Spring/Summer.

  8. Oh, I love rhubarb! As nobody has told you yet: it's called "raparperi" in Finnish ;-)

    I just found to your blog surfing around - and kind of liked your name *g* Because of my real name I used to be called Juanita and I love tortilla *g* Do you have a Spanish speaking background?

    I like very much what I've seen at the first glance and will sure be back again!

    best regadrs from Vienna
    ♥ maaria

  9. Rhubarb and strawberry cake!

    Make a cake dough as you would for an apple pie or any cake that goes on a tray. Cut the rhubarb, and also cut some strawberries in halves. Lay on the dough spread on a baking tray in rows, alternating rhubarb and strawberries. Sugar liberally (but you know that by now :). Bake. Very tasty!!!


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