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Without doubt rhubarb is one of the most versatile foods in the hands of a cook or chef. It can be stewed, roasted, baked or boiled. It is as happy as a comforting, stodgy pudding as it is in a sophisticated jelly.  It plays nicely with fatty meats and oily fish, makes a delicious jam or partner to hot spices and exotic fruits in a chutney or relish.  It can turn from vegetable to wine, add a glow to vodka or a blush to a summer cordial. How many other vegetables do you know that can do that?

1. Choosing, Buying and Cooking Rhubarb

English Rhubarb
Photo © Elaine Lemm

Rhubarb is a lovely vegetable - yes rhubarb is a vegetable. Rhubarb is available almost year round from the outdoor-grown to the early forced varieties. There's no doubt that the delicate, slender stems of early rhubarb appearing in the shops is always cause for celebration and time to get the rhubarb recipes out. The arrival of rhubarb heralds the waning of the cold winter months and the promise of spring just around the corner. How cheering the vibrant pink color of rhubarb is on a grey day and how delicious too ... read more

2. Roasted Rhubarb

Rhubarb Recipes: Roasted Rhubarb
Photo © Elaine Lemm

Quite often rhubarb is stewed to use in various rhubarb recipes, or recipes using rhubarb. A delicious alternative is to roast the rhubarb in the oven with a little orange juice and brown sugar. This roasting helps the rhubarb to keep its beautiful colour, it intensifies the flavour and retains the shape of the rhubarb rather than a mush. Once you have your roasted rhubarb use as you would in any recipe with stewed rhubarb or freeze.

 

Roasted Rhubarb Recipe 

3. Pan Roasted Mackerel with Roasted Rhubarb

Pan Fried Mackerel and Rhubarb Sauce Recipe
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This quick and easy Pan-fried Mackerel with Roasted Rhubarb is simply delicious.It stacked with goodness from the healthy, oily fish and the fresh rhubarb. Eat it for a simple lunch, at a brunch or add a side salad or fresh vegetables for a hearty main course.

 

Pan Fried Mackerel with Roasted Rhubarb

4. Spicy Pork Shoulder with Rhubarb

Spicy Braised Pork with Rhubarb
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Pork is such a wonderful meat and one of my favourite cooking methods is braising. This Braised Pork Recipe combines the pork with rhubarb, a delicious accompaniment to any fatty meat.

This pork recipes produces lots of juices which make a lovely sauce.

My other love of this braised pork recipe is its versatility. The cooked pork is delicious served with vegetables, the cold pork is lovely pulled from the bone and made into a salad, or a cold, spicy pork sandwich.

 

Spicy Braised Pork with Rhubarb Sauce

5. Rhubarb Fool

Traditional Rhubarb Fool Recipe
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There really isn't a more simple dessert for young, sweet rhubarb. Rhubarb Fool is irresistible in its flavour and its simplicity

Rhubarb Fool Recipe

6. Rhubarb Mess

Rhubarb Mess Recipe - Alternative Eton Mess Recipe
Photo © Elaine Lemm

Rhubarb Mess is the alternative to the traditional Eton Mess. This rhubarb mess recipe replaces the traditional strawberries in an Eton Mess with delicious Spring Rhubarb.

The whipped cream is still there and the crushed meringue, but the dish is finished off with crumbs of Ginger Biscuit or cake as the ginger flavour marries beautifully with rhubarb.

The beauty of this dessert is it is supremely easy to make especially if you use ready-made meringue nest.

Rhubarb Mess Recipe

7. Roasted Rhubarb and Vanilla Crumble Recipe

Rhubarb Crumble Recipe
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Rhubarb crumble is an all-time British food favourite. Traditionally the rhubarb would be stewed but in this recipe it is roasted in the oven with a little orange juice and vanilla. Roasting helps the rhubarb to keep its beautiful colour and also intensifies the flavour creating a delicious and memorable Roasted Rhubarb Crumble.

The telling sign of fresh rhubarb is not only its bright color; the stalks should be firm and upright, the leaves a pale yellow never black.

Roasted Rhubarb and Vanilla Crumble Recipe

8. Champagne and Rhubarb Jelly

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A Rhubarb and Champagne Jelly recipe is quick and simple, yet sophisticated dessert. Though Rhubarb is more often thought of as an ingredient of "nursery food" in puddings, here it shines as a delicate jelly with Champagne. The Rhubard and Champagne Jelly recipe is adapted from Mrs Beetons recipe for Rhubarb Jelly from her famous tome, Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management.

Champagne and Rhubarb Jelly

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