Cooking with in-season food
One reason, according to Katrine van Wyk to eat fruit and vegetables that are in season is:
Produce that has been allowed to fully ripen in the sun tastes amazing! Freshly picked produce has the optimal flavour – crispy, fragrant, juicy and colourful. Those summer heirloom tomatoes make all other tomatoes seem inferior. You can eat it like an apple; raw, warm from the sun and straight from the vine.
Read all 10 reasons. Find out what is in season right now.
Right now Rhubarb is in season. So here are two (and a half) recipes for what you could do with it. It’s easy to grow in your own garden and fit for a low budget!
Most of you will probably use rhubarb for sweet deserts but it also goes very well with chicken or pork!
What do you need (4 people):
- 500g rhubarb
- 4 small chicken fillets
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
How to make it:
Preheat the oven to 180oC. Cut the Rhubarb into equal pieces of about 1 cm.
Perfect to serve with rice or have with wraps.
You could replace the chicken with cubes of potato. You would use about 4 big or 8 small potatoes. Best types to use are Lady Balfour, Vivaldi or Desiree.
- Peel and wash the potatoes.
- Cut them into cubes of about 1 inch in size.
- Wash them again.
- Use them as described above instead of the chicken.
Rhubarb lavender crumble
A recipe that is known to many but with a twist!
What do you need:
- 500g rhubarb
- 80ml bramble vinegar (or any sweet flavour)
- 60ml water
- a handful of dried lavender
- 400g sugar
- 100g unsalted butter
- 100g flour
- 100g rolled oats
- 100g caster sugar
Drain the rhubarb but save the water you cooked it in!
Spread the drained rhubarb over a baking tin cover with the crumble mixture.
Now about the rest of the sugar… I do not like to waste anything so this is what you can do with the pot of water/vinegar that is left over after draining your rhubarb earlier.
Add the other half of the sugar to the water and boil until it becomes a syrupy mixture.
Let it cool down a bit and store in a bottle or tub.
Note: If you’re not lucky enough to have a garden to grow your own, you can buy all the ingredients mentioned ethically and locally through our Fife Food for Fife Food project or from our Eco Shop (chicken excluded)