I love the idea of being able to grow my own vegetables, however in reality I always manage to kill them off!! Well that is apart from Rhubarb!
My Rhubarb plant is right at the bottom of the garden and I do absolutely nothing to it!! Luckily the less I do to it the more it just grows and grows. Happy days, luckily some of my family like it! If you are growing your own Rhubarb, take care what you do with the leaves as they are extremely high in Oxalic Acid, which can harmful to us. However they are fine to pop in your compost bin.
There are quite a few recipes I am experimenting with, but thought I would just start with the good old fashioned crumble as it is so quick and easy to make.
Rhubarb is technically a vegetable, however it is used in most dishes as a fruit. It also has the least amount of calories per 100g than any other vegetable at 21 calories. You have heard of term, 'Oh Rhubarb keeps me regular' well that is because it is high in dietary soluble fiber. This means it will absorb quickly into the water within your digestive system and 'help you go'. As an adult, we should aim at around 30g per day, the average person normally consumes around 18g per day. Dietary fiber is also good at helping to remove excess cholesterol that clogs up your arteries. One portion of Rhubarb gives you 45% of your daily vitamin K requirements and has nearly as much calcium as a glass of milk.
- 3 cooking Apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- 14 sticks of Rhubarb, remove outside and chop into chunks
- 25g Brown Sugar
- 3 tsp Cinnamon
- 100g butter
- 150g Flour
- 150g Demerara Sugar
- 100g Porridge Oats
- Place the apples in a dish with 1/2 the brown sugar and cinnamon, cook in the microwave for about 6 minutes until they start to soften.
- In another dish add the Rhubarb, remaining sugar and cinnamon and cook for about 6 minutes in the microwave. I find it so much easier than in a pan on the hob as you don't need to add any extra water.
- While the fruit is cooking sieve the flour into a bowl. Add the butter in small chunks and rub the butter into the flour mixture until it looks like bread crumbs. Mix in the oats and sugar.
- Mix the 2 fruits together and split between the 2 bowls, sprinkle the crumble mixture on the top and using a potato masher pat the crumble mixture flat. Sprinkle with a little extra sugar
- Bake in the oven for 25-30 mins at 180C until the top is crunchy.