Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Rhubarb and Ginger Jammin

My grandfather's rhubarb patch was a healthy jungle of giant leaves. Pushing them aside Nona and I tugged at the stems and (careful not to fall backwards!) we pulled the rhubarb from the ground. The captain says that rhubarb leaves are poisonous and so must not be composted. Consider yourselves warned.

Rhubarb haul wrapped in the Torygraph

I gathered inspiration from BBC Good Food and adpated the recipe as per the constraints of what was in the house.

1.9 kg rhubarb
2kg granulated sugar
juice of two satsumas and half a lemon
2 teaspoon tried ginger
8cm of fresh ginger grated
vanilla essence

The process of mixing fruit with a load of sugar is called macerating. Leave it overnight and in the morning...

it will look like this. 

The jam didn't really set - oops! It turns out rhubarb doesn't have much pectin in it. Mum says that I could call it 'conserve' or 'compote' but I think jam is jam however jammy it is. This is good on toast (who'd a thunk it?) stirred into yoghurt or mixed with fizzy water to make a gingery rhubarb drink!

This is the first time I've made jam on my own and I was so filled with jam-pride I even made labels!

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Vegan Earl Grey Shortbread

My first foray into vegan baking and the results are pleasantly surprising. I was skeptical because, well, baking is all about butter, right?!

The recipe is from the Cake Liberation Front, a social group in Manchester who aim to push the boundaries of vegan baking and challenge stereotypes about dry flapjack. Check out their slick-looking website complete with awesome slogans like 'Rise Up!' and 'Flour Power!'

I followed this recipe but I translated it from (pesky) cups to grams with the help of the conversions here. So, quantities in metric are: 

112g vegan margarine
75g icing sugar
150g plain flour
1/8 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
contents of 3 earl grey teabags

The method involves mixing, rolling and baking. You know the drill.


They look a bit funny because they are speckled with bits of tea. Freeing the tea from the teabags was superfun!

Guest what? These biscuits are good with tea. Biscuits are good with tea. Full stop.

I think I'll be doing more vegan baking, if only because I have loads of margarine left and I'm curious. Watch this space...

P.S. Let butter know I don't love her any less.

P.P.S. I'm still stacking like a boss *grin*