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Cooking with Rhubarb

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 16:58

Have a look at the spiced rhubarb cake on BBC Good Food.  It's excellent.  The rhubarb orange cake is even nicer done with lemon.   The rhubarb and vanilla jam is good but I'm going to try your mint one this year.

Abandoned garden

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 16:54

Buy yourself a strimmer - or borrow one - and cut the grass down to 2 or 3 inches.   Remove all the cut stuff to a compost heap.  Then you can cut the grass with a normal lawnmower and the model depends on the size of the lawn, your budget and fitness - manual, or an electrical or petrol powered flymo type or cylindrical mower.

Don't cut it too short the first few times as it needs to recover from being a hay meadow.

Cooking with Rhubarb

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 16:14

Some of those look very goof.

OK loves rhubarb just stewed on its own or with some ginger or in a crumble or cobbler.   I like to add strawberries when we have both at the same time.  I also make rhubarb chutney and rhubarb cakes.

Someone on A4A posted a link to this recipe for syrup - http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-rhubarb-simple-syrup-pantry-recipes-from-the-kitchn-84304 

There are some good rhubarb recipes on BBC Good Food - and this is my favourite rhubarb tray bake:-



15gr                        butter

100gr                       soft brown sugar

100gr                       mixed nuts chopped roughly
1tsp                         cinnamon


100g                        butter at room temperature

250gr                       soft brown sugar 

1                             large egg
225gr                       plain flour
1 sachet                   baking powder
2 x142ml                  cartons soured cream
300gr                       rhubarb chopped into 1cm pieces

Oven 180C/gas 4/fan 160C
Line 33x23x5cm tin or grease similar sized dish if you want to serve as a pudding
Melt the 15gr butter & mix with sugar, nuts & cinnamon. Set aside.

Cream the 100g of butter with the sugar till light and fluffy.  Add the egg and a spoonful of the flour and whisk that all together. Add flour, bicarb & soured cream. Stir in rhubarb.

Pour mix into tin & sprinkle with the topping mixture.
Bake 30-35 mins until skewer comes out clean.
Serve immediately as a dessert or cool & cut into squares.


What is your weather like?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 16:03

Do I need to know what an Ender Dragon is? 

Still grey here but less solid and a bit lighter.  I am very wet and mucky because the garden is sodden and I've been potting and watering and I'm a mucky urch at the best of times.

OH's golf competition cancelled tomorrow cos the last 3 holes are flooded and the rest is too wet for trolleys and all those feet.   I'd send them all out with 6" spikes on their shoes or wellies so they can aerate as they go - do something useful.

Forecast for tomorrow is dry so more gardening and then housework on Monday.  Garden group at my place on Tuesday............cleaning, cake and lunch to prepare.

Don't tell anyone but I've just seen a ray of sunshine.  Lasted about 20 seconds!


Posted: 25/06/2016 at 13:19

Not really.  Cold and wet again.  The cat is upstairs on a bed and the dogs each have a sofa.  OH too, watching rugby.

I have come in to get warm for a bit before heading out again.   Slugs all over the place and now piling up in the road where I chuck them to get squished by passing tractors and cars.

Lovely peony.

Last edited: 25 June 2016 13:20:14

Independence Day?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 13:03

Have you heard of TTIF and CETA?  Check them out and then see what "free trade" can mean to your job security and working conditions and the things you will be eating.

As Obama said, the USA (320 million with lousy employment rights, growth hormones in their meat and GM food crops) is going to concentrate on negotiating its deal with the EU - 350 million - and will then have the luxury of imposing what it likes on a teeny UK market of about 64 million.

Globalization in its worst form and by the back door.

To counteract it the UK needs to improve education and invest in technology and training to produce a skilled work force making added value products that can compete with China, India, South Korea who will now be interested in Europe more than UK.

It would be great if you can pull it off but don't expect any patience form the EU.  They have a lot to fix themselves now without being distracted by what they are bound to see as unreasonable UK divorce terms.


Posted: 25/06/2016 at 11:39

I expect a lot us have.   It is now raining and cold.   Typical.

Going to go and get mucky anyway and save the delights of the supermarket for later on after I've earned a good hot shower.


Posted: 25/06/2016 at 11:11

Joyce - Hampton Hack is a delayed version of the Chelsea chop and is used on plants that come into growth later so aren't ready for chopping in May.   Helen Yemm explains here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/gardening/2011/07/the-hampton-court-hack.shtml

No sun here but no rain so far either.   Potting and pottering today.

Independence Day?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 10:37

It's in the treaty of Lisbon Frank.  Any country that invokes the exit clause has 2 years to negotiate the get out.   The EU naturally wants to get on with it while Boris wants to prevaricate and delay invoking the clause.   Clearly a man gifted with planning foresight.

However, yes, you do now have to get on with it but I see Cornwall thinks it can get the same finding from Westminster that it received from the EU, there are calls in Northern Ireland for a united Ireland and a petition for London to become independent in order to stay in the EU has been started.

A reporter on the Beeb this morning spoke of people who'd said they'd voted Brexit a a protest, never expecting it would win.  

Quite a lot of reality checks coming up.

As for the gardening - not raining for a change but very wet and soggy here so can't really go trampling on the soil or it will get too compacted so that leaves clearing up my work area and potting on previously made cuttings and divisions.

Does anyone else miss the weekly what to do now links

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 23:18

Hello again.  There's a very experienced gardener who posts on the A4A website and has his own website which includes an almanac of what to do and when, week by week.


You click or hover on the month and it gives you a list of jobs - veggies, ornamentals etc - by the week.  Try it and see.

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