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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Rhubarb, Rhubarb you love it or hate it.

Cooking my own grown Rhubarb. to make  Pies, Crumbles, Compotes and Upside Down Cakes

Yesterday I started pulling rhubarb for the first time this year and was pleased to find I had enough rhubarb stems to make a tasty dessert with. Last year's crop was a bit of a disappointment as the taste was very tart and also it did not seem to produce as many stems. However the taste of the rhubarb I picked yesterday was excellent so I look forward to cooking with it as often as possible this season.

Once picked there are lots of recipes that can be adapted for rhubarb, I use it to make pies, crumbles, compote and upside down cakes, it goes well with rice pudding and obviously custard.

For breakfast try rhubarb as compote or just stewed and serve with porridge or even added to cornflakes. I think adding fruit to basic cereals makes them a healthier alternative to the really sugary versions. Of course with porridge is the healthy version.

When making a fruit crumble I use a bit less flour and add porridge oats to give an interesting texture and taste.

22nd April 2015

a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote