Sunday, May 6, 2012
Rhubarb from the Garden
I almost forgot I had rhubarb in my garden. It was buried under some dirt which was screened last fall. It was buried all winter. Finally in February, as I began preparing for the vegetable garden, I found it. I quickly uncovered it and surprisingly, it grew. It was actually quiet enormous when I went out to collect the first harvest of the year yesterday.
Rhubarb is not really a favorite around here, but one year at the Organic Islands Festival I tried rhubarb cordial with lavender water. It was delicious. Since then I've been buying my cordial locally. It seems so silly now since I have rhubarb in my yard, and cordial is not a challenging recipe. So I made cordial (2 cups chopped rhubarb, 2 cups water, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup honey: boil for 15 minutes, strain and chill). To me, rhubarb cordial is best served over ice with sparkling water. So refreshing, a perfect spring drink! I have more rhubarb out in the garden that needs a few more weeks. I think next time I will have to make these bars, they look divine!