While we've been concentrating on the hillside, over at the back of the house the Rhubarb patch left to it's own devices was slowly going rampant. Lovely Hubby spotted how sad it looked, overflowing and desperate for a drink, so he nipped out and had a good chopping session and then gave it all a good water. It now looks lovely again and there are still lots of stalks waiting to be picked.
One good thing has come about from leaving it alone for a while though, the little Strawberry plants that are in there have been hidden away from the wild birds and from Amber the chicken, who nips over the fence every day to forage for tasty snacks, and so we have a few more Strawberries ripening up in the sunshine that maybe this time we'll get to taste.
Once the rhubarb was washed and chopped I put together a couple of crumbles, using up a couple of sorry looking apples as well from the fruit drawer in the fridge, and the last of the Approved Foods Oaty Crumble mix from the freezer. I'm going to buy a block of cheap butter and whizz up some of my own to replace it, it's handy to always have some prepared, makes an impromptu pudding or snack much simpler to knock together.
Four trays were filled with the chopped rhubarb and put into the freezer to open freeze for a couple of hours.
A couple of handful were quickly stewed and added to some Scone Mix for a tasty treat for my hard working man. You should have seen his eyes light up, he thought he was coming in for cup of tea and a biscuit :-)
A couple of hours later I tipped the now frozen rhubarb into a box and stashed it back in the freezer. So now we have many more tasty snacks to come.
At last something completely homegrown stored away for later.
Linking up to my other Blog, '365 Days - £365' which is also about this Rhubarb today so you can see how my Challenge is doing.