More Rhubarb

18 07 2011

Might be Monday, but it’s warm. Although the start to another work week, the traffic is light and a jacket is optional. Summer. Gotta love it.

I continued my rhubarb recipe round-up on the weekend. I cut another bunch of rhubarb and had a bit of time to experiment (one can only eat so many crumbles right? ;)). This time I made two very simple recipes. As I said last post, this seasons City Palate magazine is full of ideas, rhubarb being one of them. I made the Rhubarb Vinaigrette. It was a synch to make, i’d actually use two stalks of rhubarb next time. It went perfect on that Miracle Lettuce we have been eating! Here’s the link: Rhubarb Vinaigrette.

Rhubarb Vinaigrette

The second recipe I found on Epicurious.com, a Rhubarb Chutney. I adapted it with ingredients I had. There are a great deal of rhubarb chutney recipes on line, and it is a great way to use rhubarb. It preserves well if you use enough sugar. I don’t use sugar so I don’t bother preserving, I just freeze it, like ‘freezer jams’.

  • 4 cups chopped Rhubarb
  • 1 cup Raisins
  • 1 cup chopped dried Apricots (or cherries)
  • 1 cup Cointreau Liqueur (orange liqueur, or use orange juice)
  • 1 tsp Aniseed
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • Juice of one Lime

The recipe said to cook the dried fruit in the Cointreau first, I of course didn’t follow instructions and threw the rhubarb in at the same time. No difference. Cook it all together for about 5-7 minutes until the rhubarb starts to soften and some of the liquid absorbs, over medium heat. In the meantime, toast the aniseed and mustard seeds in a small skillet over medium-high heat for a couple of minutes. You’ll start to smell the aroma and they might make a popping sound. Add to the softened fruit / rhubarb mixture, add the lime juice, cook for a few more minutes until most of the liquid absorbs. If it doesn’t, no big deal. Let it cool before putting the lid on. Enjoy with lots of things. We had it with the stack of grilled veggies we had with dinner last night (we tried grilling fennel bulb, yum). I am going to eat it with veggie samosa’s I picked up at the market with a quinoa salad for lunch this week.

Rhubarb Chutney

Eat well, Bell Well

Nat

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