Sunday, August 01, 2010

Almost as pretty as Smitten Kitchen

I saw a recipe for rhubarb-rose preserves in Linda Ziedrich's Joy of Jams, Jellies and Other Sweet Preserves and since I have both rhubarb and roses just outside my door, decided to make it.

You simmer fruit, flowers, and sugar and watch as the mixture moves rapidly from beautiful this:
to less beautiful but still beautiful this:And then you put it in jars. Here's what Ziedrich says: "A few minutes before writing these words, I opened a six-year-old jar of rhubarb-rose preserves, and for a moment I thought that the roses were blooming in the garden. These preserves can raise you out of midwinter blues into happy plans for spring."

Hope so!

Our garden is basically a catastrophe this year -- it was an unhappy spring -- but the six rhubarb seeds I planted in the happy spring of 2009 have grown to a lush, waist-high forest. Some people say you should wait until year three to harvest rhubarb, but the stalks are so abundant and thick that I pulled a few anyway. This is the leaf from a single stalk, with a big, fat hardcover book for scale:
Bloggers are always coming up with contests. What contest should I set up so I can send the winner a jar of this jam?

8 comments:

  1. No contest just send me a jar!

    Really, you could just ask for comments about rhubarb or jam or something, then draw a random comment.

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  2. I agree, although it would be pretty unfair to make you send jam to Europe! Plus I fear they won't let you send it anyway... but anyway, that jam looks really good. Now I regret not having planted any rhubarb- will have to rectify this soon so I can do that jam in oh, a few years? Happy sunday to everyone!

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  3. Rhubarb is my favorite, favorite thing. But my provincial palate is afeard of the rose petals--will they make it taste like perfume?

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  4. Is "Why I love rhubarb" too corny? S'pose so, but I think there might be a few good tales out there rooting for this vegetable too often besmirched with strawberries--ugh!

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  5. Post a recipe for something (not too hard to make) that isn't quite right. Take suggestions on improving it. Whoever's suggestion works best, wins.

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  6. Hmm. You could send it to the sixth person to post a comment to this entry.

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  7. How about a short statement about why you want the jar?

    I need the jar because I've never tasted rhubarb before; in fact, I'd never even seen it until you posted that picture. Plus, I live in California so you wouldn't be violating any Dept. of Ag laws by mailing it! :)

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