I just wanted to share with you a rhubarb recipe that Mr.B has made me on many occasions (he’s quite the Delia!). It’s really easy to make and so tasty :D We’ve got tons of rhubarb on the allotment at the mo… we’ll be making crumbles by the bucket load :)
•5 medium sticks of rhubarb
•1 tsp of powdered ginger (optional)
•100g caster sugar
•140g plain flour
•85g butter, chilled
•50g demerara sugar
Serve in 2 Small farmhouse pie dishes
1.Wash and roughly cut the rhubarb into 1 inch chunks.
2.Place the rhubarb pieces onto a baking tray and dust with caster sugar, making sure you get a good covering. Add the powdered ginger to taste. Put in a preheated oven at 200C-180C fan / gas mark 6. Leave in the oven for 10 mins until the rhubarb starts to soften.
3.Whilst the rhubarb is cooking, it’s time to make your topping. Now for the messy fun bit! Mix together the flour and butter using your fingers, until you get a bread crumb like consistency – then add the brown sugar.
4.Take the rhubarb out of the oven and pop into the two small pie dishes. Add the crumbly topping and place back into the oven for 30 mins until the top is golden brown.
5.Next, the pièce de résistance… serve with custard, cream or ice cream ~ Yum.
I’ve featured this in the In The Garden Magazine that I have put together for work, I’d love to know what you think of the magazine :)
Drip drip drop little April showers… today is a stark contrast to the glorious weather we had last Tuesday. Thankfully, I didn’t get soaked when I went for a meeting at Quarry Bank Mill with two lovely ladies, who work in the apprentice garden and the main garden.
The sun was shining and the clouds were fluffy white. The gardens were alive with the sound of bird song. The butterflies dancing in the air.
I felt so relaxed. Watching the tadpoles, newts and Jeremy Fisher in the pond. It’s great when you can take your office outside and have meetings in the garden.
A great perk of my job! :) Mr. Robin did a lot of ‘chirping’ in and took the minutes of the meeting :) I couldn’t get a word in edge ways!
Here are some pictures I took around the gardens…
A place of spring inspiration and to be at one with nature :D – buzzin!
You know that feeling when you get back from the plot, achey legs, back killing you, dirt under your nails… that was us this weekend – and it felt good. We were grafting away for 4 hours, trying to get on top of the weeds (we still have a bit to go) and creating a little patio area… now this is where I get excited :)
The plan was to dig in around 150 bricks down the centre main path on our plot. We wanted to put some sand stone slabs down so we can sit at the table and not sink into the ground (you sit there and feel yourself going – I’m never sure if it’s the wine hehe :D). From that area, we wanted to have a path going down to the main brick path so the plot gets divided.Mr.B came up with a new plan… create the T shaped path out of sand stone, which will be so much easier than digging in over 100 bricks on the old path and make a rustic looking patio :)
I’m so chuffed with it. Mr.B worked hard while I dug up at least a football pitches worth of grass :O it’s driving me insane! I know when I finish I’ll have to start all over again! We’re even making Jassy her own little patio area so she can chill on the summer evenings.
I keep finding myself drifting off, dreaming about the time we’ll spend with our friends, having a few drinks, sitting amongst the bees and butterflies. Our lottie is our haven, our garden and our place to let our hair down. All this hard work and preparation will be well worth it.
Spring forward everyone, lots more lighter nights so get down to your plots and dig in :)