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First Rhubarb crumble of the new season.
Mon 31-Mar-14
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Was up the allotment yesterday and picked the first of the new seasons Rhubarb, so it's a wee crumble tonight , not really the first of the year but the first with the new seasons , and not out of the freezer .

Mon 31-Mar-14
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Oh, Ian, that is something I've missed - lovely rhubarb!

We were given a crown of rhubarb a couple of years ago, and it's doing really well, so I think we'll be in for some rhubarb recipes soon, too. ok

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Had my first picking last week, it tasted lovely. Enjoy your Crumble!

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You are making my mouth water, please desist! big_laugh

I'll try that again!

Mon 31-Mar-14
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Note to self, buy a rhubarb crown for new garden.

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Tue 1-Apr-14
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I kept thinking about that lovely crumble, and so today bought a jar of rhubarb compote .... might be just for the breakfast porridge, or might be for a crumble - not sure yet! i_am_hungry

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Mary Berry made a lovely apple crumble on her prog last night.....the crumble mix had liberal amounts of oats, nuts and seeds mixed in with it and she spread it out in a tray and baked it separately from the fruiteeek.  She then broke it up and sprinkled it over the top of the cooked fruit, she said it makes a lovely crunchy change from the usual crumble.  Did look good I must say, so think i'll be trying that.

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Yes it was lovely , and I have enough for tomorrow 's breakfast , with a drop yoghurt .

Tue 1-Apr-14
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wave I love rhubarb.  My mouth is watering!!

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Wed 2-Apr-14
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Sue, I saw the end of that programme with Mary Berry - and yes, I thought it looked good too, but OH said that he prefers his crumble to have the mix between the layers, not two separate ones, i.e. lovely fruit with a crunchy topping, but a softened mixture between the two.

I always add chopped pecans to my topping, and use soft brown sugar, too. I might try adding some oats like Mary Berry did, just for a change. Worth thinking about.

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I never cook my Fruit, put it in raw, it cooks fine, I might try a few Oats, but Nuts are out, think I prefer mine as it always was, I hate change.  I can see my Rhubarb from my Kitchen Window, like a Canniball watching his victim. Last year was a very poor year for it, I think because it was such a long cold Spring.

Wed 2-Apr-14
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With all this talk of Rhubard crumbles, bough a crown today, it already has young stalks on it, the variety is Timperley Early, it is supposed to be good for forcing as well as normal growing. Looking forward to some stalks later this year if it can stand the picking this season.

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Wed 2-Apr-14
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Hi Hannah, sorry to disappoint you, but you must not pick Rhubarb in it's first year, it needs to build up a good Root System, which it won't do , if you pick it in the first year. But of course it is your choice, when you see your Rhubarb, and think of Crumble, you may not be able to restrain yourself!.  People usually have loads of spare Rhubarb to give away. Timperley Early has the attributes you mention. Rhubarb , is a very greedy Plant, and needs lots of Manure, I can't  get Manure, well, I could but the neighbours would not wear it, so give mine, plenty of Leaf Mould, and a generous feed of Blood, Fish, and Bone.

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That's what I thought re picking in first year, will resist the temptation! Lots about on the markets, so will buy some for the first crumble in my new place let alone this year.

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Thu 3-Apr-14
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Hi Hannah, originally I bought three Crowns of Rhubarb, I love trialing things, so left two Crowns alone, and picked from one, the difference was amazing, Crown that was picked from, never seemed to recover, and is no more, might just be coincidence, might not.wave

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