After a long cold winter, Spring has finally arrived, what great craic! Craic is an Irish word for fun and enjoyment, typically mixed in with alcohol and music, but still an expression of delight that we can shed our winter clothes and enjoy sun, and a new growing season. I was particularly delighted to see my rhubarb plants already growing and I can’t wait to dig into a fresh stalk of tart delight. Then again I have always preferred sour over sweet.
In any event, rhubarb is one of my favorite vegetables, not least of which is that is likely the easiest plant to take care of. Edwardians simply adored rhubarb, and while I have already shared a few rhubarb recipes (see below) in the next few posts, we will explore more recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Today we start the day off right with healthy rhubarb oatmeal gems (muffins).
We will have to get used to Downton Downtime. We do know that Season 5 is coming eventually (Sept on ITV, Jan on PBS), so we will see press about new casting, and perhaps a plot spoiler or two in the next 8 months. However, the popularity of the show does provide us with crumbs to keep us going:
- An afternoon with Downton Abbey: PBS is hosting a live webinar on May 3rd at 4 pm
- Modern version of wealth and power can be ‘very ugly’: Julian Fellowes compares wealthy classes
- Pictures from Season 5 filming
- Goodbye Percy: touching eulogy for Lady Carnarvron’s golden lab
My Favorite Rhubarb Recipes
Some of my favorite rhubarb recipes and you will discover in the new few weeks, that rhubarb can be used in main course dishes as well.
- Lowfat rhubarb puffs
- Healthy rhubarb blueberry gems
- Strawberry rhubarb gems
- Strawberry and rhubarb jam
- Rhubarb bellini
Healthy Rhubarb Oatmeal Gems
Tools of the Trade
Having the proper tools to prepare your holiday meal is a great step in the right direction. If you have run out of time for Thanksgiving, use what you have and make note for what you need for your Christmas dinner. Many experienced cooks take years to assemble all the tools that they can rely upon so start slowly, and buy quality.
My favorite muffin pan: I love making muffins, but not fond of scrubbing out my muffin tins. Papers might be great for clean up, but low fat muffins stick to the paper, so the best next thing is a better muffin tin. I love using ceramic muffin tins. A quick twist and the muffin pops out and clean up is a breeze.
Your Downton Downtime Survival Guide
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