All posts tagged: rhubarb

How to Stew Rhubarb | Nan’s Kitchen

Welcome to my Grandmother’s debut on the blog! I’m staying with her and my Grandad at the moment and I might never leave, they’ve got the most wonderful kitchen! We went to the supermarket this morning and picked up some English rhubarb – which is something I remember having with my Nan since I was really little – so I thought it was about time I introduced her (or her hands) to you lot! We start by washing the sticks of rhubarb under the tap before topping and tailing them (cutting about a cm off each end) then cutting into 1-2 cm pieces. Once they’re chopped up, pop them in a heavy based saucepan on a low heat. You’re not going to want more water than what’s leftover from their quick rinse as they’ve already got a very high water content. Let the rhubarb sweat for a little bit (just a few minutes) before adding the sugar. I asked Nan how much sugar she puts in and she shrugged, so just do it by eye. “A couple of …

The Allotment: May Edition

The year is sneaking by very quickly and we’re creeping slowly but surely towards the best time of year for those of us lucky enough to have a few square metres of space to grow our own food. The Summer gluts will soon be upon us ready to be pickled or frozen to bring nibbles of joy throughout the Winter. But, before I get ahead of myself with excitement for whats to come, I have to give due credit to one of the best things to ever emerge from the ground. Rhubarb. It’s been in season since January and by next month it will have had it’s day. If you’re just starting out and looking for something to grow, rhubarb is your new best friend, even if pretty much neglected, it’ll do just fine. Thompson & Morgan are far more knowledgable than I on these things and have some great tips.               My favourite thing to do with rhubarb is simply to stew it. Stewed rhubarb can be added to …

The Allotment: April Edition

As I mentioned in a previous post, this household is blessed with an allotment owner. I will openly admit in case my mother is reading this that it is only on a very rare and special occasion that I’ll actually show my face there, but I am always more than happy to take advantage of its produce. What’s in season this month If something is in season during April, you’ve got much better chances of finding it UK grown from the supermarket, so if you’re conscious of food miles look out for these: Cabbage Cauliflower Celeriac Lettuce (just barely) New Potatoes Pak Choi Pepper Purple Sprouting Broccoli Radishes Spinach Spring Greens Watercress What’s growing on the plot this month An abundance of herbs, an immeasurable amount of green things, and one of my all time favourite things to ever grow in the ground, rhubarb.   This afternoon armfuls of delicious organic goods were brought home along with our tired but still somehow manically hyperactive Border Terrier, Molly. The rhubarb has already been stewed, the herbs …