Rhubarb that is ready for picking and enjoying is almost too good to be true. I’m very behind in the garden after last year, when I was harvesting winter spinach and some other early treats from our greenhouse. We weren’t so organized going into this year, and waiting longer for the pleasures of harvest time is hard. But, back to the rhubarb.
It’s ready! I probably could have pulled some stalks a few days ago, but just wasn’t organized enough until yesterday. I had to laugh when I went out to make my selections.
Yes, that’s an egg nestled beneath the leaves. One of the hens managed to breach the makeshift fence around the front garden yesterday and she left a little gift. I just love free ranging chickens.
Last night we stayed up late working through a business plan and budget with our teen, who is applying for a grant to start a business this summer. At least we had the pleasure of undertaking this work out on the screened in porch as distant lightning flashed and the sounds of frogs and coyotes drifted up to where we sat.
It was only as we were finishing up that my husband tentatively said, “Rhubarb?” Oh yes, I had promised to make rhubarb compote. Fortunately, it only takes a few minutes to cook down some chopped up rhubarb with a bit of freshly squeezed orange juice and honey. I even washed out the pan and made a quick batch of custard to pair it with, though thick Greek yoghurt would have been really good too.
Recipes for rhubarb compote often call for companion strawberries, but last night I threw in some raspberries that I had in the freezer for a bit of colour and contrast, and the combination was really nice. Food preparation is starting to come to life again; what is it about fresh ingredients from your own garden that makes baking and cooking so much more satisfying and pleasurable?
4 stalks rhubarb
Handful of raspberries (optional)
2 to 3 tablespoons local honey
Juice of one orange
Cook ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until bubbling, then turn down and cook until thickened. Adjust sweetening to taste. Delicious on its own, paired with yoghurt or custard, or drizzled over cake, etc. Perfect for freezing too. This is my kind of fast food.