Grange Calveley is the writer and artist known for creating Roobarb and Custard for people who have never heard , or, seen the TV Show it was aimed at youngsters in the 70's80's and 90's. It was the first cartoon to run with “woobly” animation, (known as “boiling” in the trade), along with the seemingly manic theme tune and humour attracting the adults and children. Thirty episodes were made that lasted for five minutes. Although I actually thought the theme tune (thanks Johnny Hawksworth for that) and the cartoon was annoying, I was more a Charlton and the Wellies fan. The cartoon had a brief “cooling off” period before Channels 5's Milkshake brought it back with new characters in 2005. Roobarb and Custard is still as popular as it was when it first appeared.
I tell you there's a lot of Rhubarb beers out there if you have a look around.
This is the one I tried last year and loved it. "Rhubarb Beer" wrote almost to the week 2015
But I'm off down to my beer walls in the two food halls near me to see if they have any of these in stock.
Have you tried any of the ones I have found lurking on the shelves? What did you think? Do you have any other recommendations I should search out?
Taylors of Harrogate – Sweet Rhubarb Tea
Whilst browsing the Tea and Coffee isle last week I found a real gem that would finish this themed blog off nicely.
Sweet Rhubarb Tea!!! Yes that's right Rhubarb and Tea. I snapped up a packet and preceded to sneak it into my already full of tea cupboard. It wasn't long before I was itching to try it. There was no escaping The Man as I walked back into the room with a cuppa tea in hand and what I thought was my poker face. “What have you got there”? “Just Tea” was the response. His eyes squinted and his nose twitched. “That's not your usual tea” “Nah” I responded and sat down to a more quizzical look and more of the twitching nose. “That smells fruity and a bit....” “Oh it's Rhubarb Tea” frustrated I'd been found out, cause I know at some point this month his inquisitiveness will kick in.
A very nice brew it is too. I put no sugar in as indeed it was sweet Rhubarb. And NO milk! Which is somewhat a rarity. It is refreshing and would probably make a nice tea for the summer months (when it finally arrives).
The tea reminds me of the juice you get at the bottom of the Rhubarb and apple crumble dish, but not as sweet.
This Sweet Rhubarb tea was a collaboration with Kew Gardens.
Find out more about Taylors of Harrogate and their Collaboration here
COVERED IN WEEDS
Did you know there was a Rhubarb Triangle in England?
It isn't like the Bermuda triangle where things disappear, in the Rhubarb Triangle Rhubarb appears as if by magic. Undercover of day and night there are a few farms in Yorkshire tending to their pink stalks of rhubarb. When it's ready they light their candles in the dead of night and pick the luscious pink forced stalks from January through to March! They must be sick of the sight of it by the time it hits the the shops!
9 Rhubarb Recipes
You shouldn't be too fed up with Rhubarb just yet, but, there will come a time especially if you have it growing in your garden or down at your allotment when you will be sick of Rhubarb Crumble. However should you love the vegetable (yes it is technically a vegetable) that much I've found some lovely recipes for you to try. Please remember DO NOT eat the LEAVES, and, ALWAYS COOK THE STALK, as the plant is poisonous (not so much in the stalk once it's cooked).
A certain someone turned water in to wine, well now you can turn Water rhubarb and a little bit of magic into wine if you follow Two Thirsty Gardeners Rhubarb Wine recipe.
I've gone almost all social media now and I am now on Pinterest, so if you like the look of some of the food and drink items click the photo and as if by magic you will be on the relevant Pin and blog. There's lots of Rhubarb related ideas if you have an over flow of it in your garden or allotment.
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Tunes of the week
JOHN CLEESE & THE 1948 SHOW CHOIR - 'Rhubarb Tart Song'
A Brisbane Rock Band former in 1996 and quit in 2006
Rhubarb - Exerciser
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