Saturday, April 5, 2008

Inquiring tummies want to know

By popular demand here is our recipe for the rhubarb strawberry compote with lavender mentioned in the previous post. 

6 stalks rhubarb

1 apple

1 pint strawberries

1/2 cup water or fruit juice (orange or boysenberry)

2tsp honey or sugar (or more to taste)

2 sprigs lavender

1-2Tbsp cognac (optional)

Wash the rhubarb and chop into 1/2 inch pieces.

Wash and hull the strawberries. Cut larger ones in half.

Peel, core and chop the apple.

Place the rhubarb, apple and strawberries in a pot with the water or fruit juice, sugar, cognac and lavender. Simmer gently 20-30 minutes or until fruit is desired consistency.

-We like our rhubarb on the tart side and use water and minimal sugar. You may want to use fruit juice and increase the honey/sugar to produce a less mouth puckering dessert.

Below is a picture of our rhubarb taken last week when we were getting wind, rain, snow and hail. The fuzzy plant is bronze fennel.



Kerri said...

The compote sounds delicious, but I'd have to add a bit more sugar, otherwise it would be a tad too mouth puckering for me :)
Thanks for the recipe!
We're promised a fine spring day with warm temps and plenty of sunshine. Yay! Spring! Finally!

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

That sounds good. I think I will give it a shot

Petunia's Gardener said...

Thanks for the recipe-I'll be watching mine closely.

Now, can you share more about the bronze fennel? I'd love to have a fennel already in production this time of year, but I didn't know there was one like this. Did you start with seeds, a plant? This year or last? How do you like to use it? Thanks!

Rosengeranium said...

Finally a rhubarb recipe that I can actually consider trying. Thanks!

jodi said...

Sounds like a perfect recipe to me, O wenches. Now we jjust have to have some rhubarb appear at local markets (I only have the ornamental type) and we'll be in business. Thanks for sharing this.

gintoino said...

Sounds great! Now I just need to find some rhubarb to plant in my vegetable garden, I already have the strawberries ;-)

Melanie said...

The only place I've had rhubarb and strawberries was at my uncle's place in Nova Scotia. That sounds delicious! I keep meaning to grow some rhubarb.

Cinj said...

MMM. That DOES sound delicious! I'll have to remember to try to harvest some rhubarb from my other garden on my next trip back.

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chey said...

That sounds like a lovely recipe! I also like the pink post... reminds me of rhubarb! Cheers!

Yolanda Elizabet said...

This is a lovely recipe wenches, something I must try out as I'm very fond of Rhubarb. I won't be adding more sugar though because, like you, I prefer it to be on the tart side.