The rhubarb I planted last year starting to come through on the allotment now. I thought I had lost it but a bit of TLC and a lot of horse manure and it seems to be flourishing again. The trick appears to be to expose the crown to very cold frosts over winter then cover them with a blanket of nice warm manure around mid February.
Here is a simple, but delicious recipe that will impress dinner party guests. Very quick to make, but you need to allow plenty of time for the fool to chill before serving. The quantities below will make enough for six people.
450g rhubarb – cut into 1cm chunks
Place in pan with 4 tbsp sugar and 2 tbsp water
Heat until the sugar dissolved and the rhubarb softened – about 10 mins.
Add some more sugar (about 80g). Stir gently and leave to cool
Take 284ml carton of double cream and whisk into soft peaks.
Fold in the rhubarb along with the syrup
Divide the mixture into six martini or similar glasses and place in the fridge for at least two hours before serving with some good quality shortbread.