Cowart's Common Room
Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb!

We have a lovely new growth of rhubarb and this evening I thought I would make a nice Rhubarb crumble for pudding.
While I was preparing the tender spring stalks I remembered my mother giving me my special treat for the day--- New Rhubarb and a "cone" made out of newspaper and filled with a precious ration of sugar, into which we dipped our stalks of rhubarb.
These were the days of rationing, no sweets, chocolate or fruit but we really enjoyed our rhubarb.
Our Grand children just cannot imagine how we coped, but we did Very HappyVery Happy.
Does anyone else remember these days when we enjoyed the special treat of rhubarb and sugar??

Posted at 1st May 2010 - 12:50AM   Posted by Silverhead   Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb! Comments: 8

Camilla's Avatar Love Rhubarb Silverhead, sadly my children never did like it when they were younger but they love it now..... funny how their taste buds have changed.

I remember my mother making it for us when we were children, always had it with custard but then this was after the rationing in 1953 I think.

I have an old cookery book of my late mother in law where most of the ingredients that one needed for baking during the war was omitted, somehow though the housewives managed to present a dish fit for a Queen.!Smile


Posted by: Camilla on 1st May 2010 at 01:00AM

Blackbird's Avatar I've never tried it but if it was young and tender enough it would be a treat.

I love rhubarb and remember the days when it was fairly inexpensive at the grocery store- at least when it was in season. But, no more! It's a good thing that it's easy to grow and I love to watch it come up in the spring- it grows quite a bit each day.

Posted by: Blackbird on 1st May 2010 at 02:26AM

Faith's Avatar I love rhubarb but never tried it raw. Didnt it give you tummy ache? My perfect rhubarb would be rhubarb fool!

Posted by: Faith on 1st May 2010 at 07:57AM

Toady's Avatar Very vaguely remember sweet rationing [born 1952] and a friend of my Dad's gave us Mars bars and we didn't really know what to do with them!
I love rhubarb but it seems to have become a luxury food. It's 2 a pound down here. Same with gooseberries they've become very expensive too.

Posted by: Toady on 1st May 2010 at 08:31AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Oooooo I used to love rhubarb . . . my Mum used to serve it up with warm ginger cake and custard.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 1st May 2010 at 09:41AM

CalicoKate's Avatar Just love rhubarb don't have any at the mo so have to buy it and the CO-op are very stingy on their quantities in a packetRolling Eyes
Some years ago in another lifetime I lived on my own in a little cottage which had a huge amount growing in the garden. I used to make individual crumbles which I would eat cold with natural yoghurt when on the evening shift. I loved it.
I always add porridge oats to my crumble to offset the butter! Helps with the cholestrol and makes me feel virtuous!!
Never had it raw though didn't it shrivel your tongue and coat your teeth with fur??

Posted by: CalicoKate on 1st May 2010 at 10:07AM

Vic's Avatar I love rhubarb and have some in the garden. I'm the only one that likes it in my house though!

Posted by: Vic on 1st May 2010 at 11:53AM

KittyB's Avatar My son tried rhubarb dipped in sugar for the first time yesterday - it was a treat at my grandmother's house when we were little.

Posted by: KittyB on 2nd May 2010 at 06:21PM

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