Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb…

THIS time of the year, rhubarb is a boon bringing a fresh sourness to the kitchen and hit of vitamins…like the chicory  – see below –  it was developed in enforced darkness in sheds in an area of west Yorkshire around Wakefield known as the rhubarb triangle which now enjoys PDI status. After two yearsContinue reading “Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb…”

Plums, poached for breakfast

Poached plums are an easy breakfast and also an easy way to ensure that they have develop their alkalinity with a little teasing heat if they are not quite ripe which in this country (England) is not very often. Shame because a ripe plum is a marvellous thing. The trick is not to use tooContinue reading “Plums, poached for breakfast”

Summer pudding

THE trick with summer puddings is having just enough liqor to stain the bread and not so much that it sogs. Most recipes demand that you make a syrup with sugar – if you have too try agave instead – but if the fruit is ripe it can be sweet enough all right. Cooking forContinue reading “Summer pudding”

Rules for fruit salad

In abstract a fine fruit salad can be built around three ingredients –  melon, a citrus and an exotic fruit any of which are freely available thanks to the global trade and always seem like a fantastical luxury. Any permutation really works and can evolve into serial recipes. This might as easily be honeydew, kiwiContinue reading “Rules for fruit salad”

Papaya with red fruit salad

I splashed out at the Turkish grocery shop on some exotic fruits which are nearly always alkaline. It was a real luxury but worth it and good practise for carving skills. I sliced the papaya across as a base. The rest of the mix was watermelon, pomegranite and a squeezed out pink grapefruit, chilled overnightContinue reading “Papaya with red fruit salad”

R and R – raisins and rhubarb

RHUBARB is a blessing at his time of year, a welcome shot of colour, vitamins and roughage, even if it lacks the flavor of the summer crop but twice as welcome nevertheless. In fact it is outshone in this recipe where the raisins take over. These were from Afghanistan… Trim the dirty bottoms of theContinue reading “R and R – raisins and rhubarb”