Sunday, 17 May 2009

Humble pie

For years I've protested that I cannot stand rhubarb. I've tried (and failed) to eradicate it from more than one vegetable plot I've had. I've listed it alongside offal as the two things I won't eat when invited to dinner.

But, I'm willing to admit I was wrong. Oh so wrong.

Gina nearly won me over with cherry and rhubarb jam last year (who can resist toast and jam?), but the thing that's really done it for me is this cake - not pretty, but delicious.



It's a Nigella Domestic Goddess creation (of course), containing polenta and scary amounts of sugar, and made with a gift of rhubarb that I couldn't bring myself to throw away. Perhaps that's why the rhubarb lost its weird tasting edge and became just a lovely tartness. Mmmmmm.

Lots of rain this week, which is lovely for weeds and rhubarb alike. And alchemilla is just made for raindrops ...

29 comments:

  1. Ahah! You've been won over! That looks like another fabulous recipe I'll have to try which is just as well as I seem to be the recipient of everyone's glut of rhubarb at the moment. There's been crumble... and rhubarb schnapps this weekend.

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  2. Rhubarb make actually be one of my most favouritest things, so i heartily welcome you to the ranks of the rhubarb lovers :D that recipe has been earmarked for a while, so its good to see it works - now I just have to beg/borrow/steal rhubarb from my parents garden next time I go visit!

    xxx

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  3. Personally, I can't get enough rhubarb so thank you for the recipe - glad you're a convert. And Granny's mantle (is that the common name for it) is also a fave, so pretty in the rain, unfortunately I cannot grow it here!

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  4. I was on a rhubarb upside down cake kick this weekend. It must have been good because even the boys (who are not usually keen on sour things) scoffed it.

    Sadly, I forgot to take a pretty photo loike yours to remind myself to make it again.

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  5. We'll have you eating rhubarb compote in no time! I've always made an upside down cake like Ali, so now must try the polenta version. But we have so much rhubarb now I don't think any recipe could even begin make a dent in it. Yikes.

    K x

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  6. oooh sounds yummy.

    and the raindrops are beautiful

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  7. I'm a bit like that about rhubarb...think I loathe it, then find out it's not so bad, in various guises! That cake looks yummy.

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  8. I think I've always been a bit iffy about rhubarb because I never really liked stewed fruit when I was a child (or a grown up actually) but I am being converted too - rhubarb crumble with a very flapjacky topping, rhubarb and ginger jam made by my BIG sister, and the idea of rhubarb cake is very tempting! It helps, of course, that Mr Locket loves the stuff!

    Lucy x

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  9. I love rhubarb - but sadly there's none in our garden (I've tried and tried! and the neighbouring gardens have the same problem - mmmmm?)

    Have you ever tried rhubarb in a savoury dish? Look at the mince and rhubarb recipe on The Great BIg Vegetable Challenge blog - Delicious!
    http://greatbigvegchallenge.blogspot.com/2008/02/rhubarb-and-beef-mince.html


    Celia
    x

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  10. i love rhubarb but have never made a cake - so will definitely have to give this one a go!

    x

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  11. I'm the only one in our house who likes rubarb. So I will try this cake and maybe not tell anyone what's in it.. :) x

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  12. That cake would be enough to convert even the staunchest of rhubarb haters - it looks delicious!

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  13. I've never tasted rhubarb in my life. Never, not once.

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  14. And here's me, who loves rhubarb, but just can't grow it. Why?
    And, yes, alchimilla and raindrops are the perfect combination.

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  15. I obsess over rhubarb this time of year. Thanks for another great recipe!

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  16. Looks a fabulous cake to me - so glad you've discovered a way to use rhubarb! x

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  17. I find rhubarb utterly confusing. Whose idea was it to take this weird smoky-tasting thing and turn it into desserts? And yet, I've eaten many a fine strawberry-rhubarb pie in my day...

    Alchemilla, on the other hand -- I wish I had a dozen plants instead of just one!

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  18. the cake looks utterly delicious, yummm!

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  19. Will have to give this recipe a try as I'm currently getting my rhubarb fix (sugar free, sadly) with Muller Light yogurt.

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  20. oh Nigella does like sugar. I just did a cake of hers this weekend and left some of it out. Wouldn't with rhubarb though.

    And what's not pretty about it?

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  21. I am coming round to rhubarb, wasn't a big fan, but now I too am beginning to see the error of my ways!

    x

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  22. I love rhubarb but had never noticed that recipe, I'm going to give it a go at the weekend, yours looks beautiful.

    So what is going to win you over to offal then?

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  23. I love rhubarb, have just planted 4 plants in the garden. So thanks for the recipe. Have a great day

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  24. It sounds yummy. We have rhubarb in the garden and each year we have far more than we can eat, so whether the neighbours like it or not they always get some rhubarb from us. Jamie Oliver does a nice rhubarb recipe that goes on pork in the 'Jamie at home' book

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  25. I love rhubarb! Such a pity I can't get it over here. Fancy sending a slice of that cake over?? I sounds delicious!

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  26. We love rhubarb in this house, you should try Bannana and (stewed) rhubarb milkshakes - really really yummy!

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  27. I've had the exact same relationship with rhubarb! My friend keeps trying to give me heaps of it from her garden and I politely make my excuses but then she made me a cake from a Sarah raven book and it was BRILLIANT! If you like that Nigella recipe try her clementine cake too, it's super easy and really, really yummy.

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  28. yum - I love rhubharb & that cake looks delish!

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  29. So yeah, Nigella's recipes ALWAYS contain scary amounts of butter / sugar / nutella...but they are just sooooo good, arent't they?

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