Rhubarb, Rhubarb … Rhubarb & Ginger Fool!

DSCF0198This damp August in Cornwall seems to suit some plants, the courgettes are going mad and the rhubarb, which I had feared was on its way out, is flourishing. So what to do with rhubarb when crumbles and pies might seem inappropriate for summer (note: though not in this house where a crumble is the favourite dessert of all the menfolk whatever the weather!)

I decided on a cold dessert – a Rhubarb and Ginger Fool – I included the ginger as I like this taste combination. I wasn’t quite happy with the recipes I found so created my own – and now present it for your delectation.

Ann’s Rhubarb and Ginger Fool

This recipe makes sufficient for 4

300 – 400 grams of prepared rhubarb  (3-4-or 5 sticks of Rhubarb – depending on size)
150 ml double cream
Teaspoon or two of ground ginger – to taste
4 – 6 chunks of crystallized ginger – depending on size
Sugar to taste / Sweet Cicely if you have it
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  1. Wash, trim and slice rhubarb into very thin slices. About 1cm, easily and swiftly done if you bunch the stems together and slice them all at once. (Only slice longer sections if you actually like ‘stringy’ rhubarb – which I do not!)DSCF5419
  2. If you have Sweet Cicely place fronds over the rhubarb – if not sugar will be added laterDSCF0196
  3. Place in oven-safe glass dish, cover with lid and cook for 4 mins in the microwave on high, remove lid, stir and cook for a further 2 – 4 mins on high until all the rhubarb is cooked and separates easily. Place somewhere to cool. sliced ginger
  4. When Rhubarb is cold (remove the Sweet Cicely leaves if used) taste – sprinkle over a teaspoon or two of sugar, beat in well and taste. You want it to have a bite but not be too sharp. Add more sugar as required.
  5. Sift a teaspoon of ground ginger over the mixture – mix very well – taste. Repeat until a hint of ginger comes through the rhubarb – not overwhelming.
  6. Whisk double cream until thick.
  7. Add ¾ of the cream to the rhubarb mix and beat in well until totally blended.
  8. At this point you can decide to leave this au naturel, or drop a drip or two of green food colouring in to give it a fresher colour – if you do, beat it in well.
  9. Add the final ¼ of the whipped cream and swirl together.
  10. Place in 4 pretty cups and saucers / sundae dishes / wine glasses – or pile into a serving bowl.
  11. Slice the crystallized ginger in to VERY thin slices and dot about the top to decorate.

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Now, to turn my mind to the glut of courgettes (or marrows as they like to become almost overnight!)

Do tell me if you try this and like it …

What is your favourite summer pud?

Do share – you know I love to hear from you  🙂

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Talk about the Weather!

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Members of Dumnonika with Sally at her book-launch

Oh? Yes! It’s me, I guess you’d forgotten about this blog… it looked like I had, but I hadn’t. Life had just got in the way, but this time pleasant life.

We are fortunate enough to have been off to Malaysia to visit our eldest son, wife and their three sons – our grandsons. So Good to see them at their home!

I won’t give you my travelogue here, but when I came home it was the weather that struck me most of all. Apart from the feeling that you are living the the perfectly moderated air-con environment when outside (this lasts for a day) it becomes abundantly noticeable why the British are obsessed by the weather.

It is for a good reason that one of the most popular opening gambits in a British conversation, with both friends and strangers, is a comment about the weather.

No one seems to talk about the weather when it is 36 degrees and very humid everyday when you wake (to a sunrise at the same time everyday of the year) followed by more of the same until late afternoon/ early evening when the wind will get up, the sky darken, lightning flash, thunder crash and the rain will sheet down like a waterfall for about ten to fifteen minutes before the sky clears and everything quickly steams dry again before nightfall swiftly arrives at the same time as it always does, around eight.

What is there to say? ‘Looks like the weather will be the same today?’

So home; the first day cloudy when we arrived, turning to bright sunshine that lasted into a late evening.

Second day; started dry but overcast and quite cold over the morning, brightened into hot by late afternoon and into the evening.

Third day; rained and drizzled all day.

Fourth day; a day of blazing heat and beautiful sunshine – and I know because I spend this day outdoors with the lovely Sally Newton at the launch of her novel ‘Caradoc – The Defiant Prince’ – set AD25 – where we were accompanied by Dumnonika – an Iron-Age re-enactment group for the first day of the Upton Cross Art and Craft Exhibition and Sale.

Book launch Upton cross poster Black &  Red & BlueIn fact it was such good weather and it was so hot it wasn’t really the best day to draw in the crowds … though rain would have proved even more difficult for an outside event like our part of the day.  As it was, hordes headed to the beaches, though a good sunburn could be had where we were too, and we had small groups of interested and engaged people instead – perfect. This made for a very successful launch of Sally’s novel which is the first of a trilogy covering the life of Caradoc, a real historic figure of the Iron-Age.

If you live in SE Cornwall (or SW Devon even)  and would like to see the Art and Craft Exhibition and Sale at Upton Cross it runs until 6pm on the 16th August and is well worth a look, but though signed copies of my books, and Sally’s, are on the Pendown Publishing stand I’m afraid we will not be there, nor will Dumnonika – but if you want to know more about them go to their website at Dumnonika.com.

 

Have you ever been away and then found the simple things of home more pleasing?

Do you like historical novels, Iron-Age anyone?

Do share, you know I’ve missed you    😉

 

[p.s. – seems I will be there on Friday afternoon – helping out – so if you want a book dedicated just ask at the door where to find me 🙂 ]

 

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