Rhubarb crumble is a well tried and tested pudding and stem ginger is an interesting addition in a fool or jam . Historically, the herb sweet cicely was cooked with rhubarb. The clue is in its name; sweet cicely conquers the tartness of the rhubarb plant
Spring in Britain can be an icy affair but I am always cheered by the bright crimson stems of young rhubarb even its red contrasts the white of snow, as it did recently. Beyond the garden you'll find rhubarb in country lanes and if you are fortunate, you may spy sweet cicely Myrrhis odorata too.
It's a fast growing tree so this will appease those with an eco conscience. America in my opinion does Christmas rather splendidly, be it decorations, films or Nat King Cole in song, roasting chestnuts over an open fire.
Hotchpotch Seaweed Sourdough Porphyra spp. or laver is a red seaweed. Although, when you spy laver on rocks, it may look
I call the lochan by the supermarket of the Isle, Lily Loch. It never ceases to amaze me that such an exotic water plant can clog up Uist ditches and lochs. On a day when the sun shines, a lily clad lochan is heart lifting even in the breezy Outer Hebridean wind.
Canon MacQueen was born on the Outer Hebridean Isle of South Uist in 1923 and was the youngest of seven children. He left the Island to go a Catholic seminary on the mainland at 13 but returned to the Hebrides as a priest in Eriskay, and latterly, on the Isle of Barra.
Scottish readers may have to wait a week or two until they can harvest elderflower blossom but from my recent sojourn to the southerly parts of our Isle, I'll guess that most of Britain is ready to reap the culinary benefits of the elderflower.
Over the summer months landlocked folk who holiday by the sea, might check up on tide times and chase a low spring tide (when the sea retreats to expose rocks usually covered by water). Dulse is a delicious red seaweed to look out for
Renewal of nettle interest may be associated with times of subsistence but I like the idea of cooking with ingredients from times when folk lived from hand to mouth - cooking with simple foods that are readily and freely available to everyone.
The Saying Goes That When Gorse Is Out of Bloom, Kissing Is Out of Season But This Worries Not the Wild Cook
The heady coconut scent of a bright yellow gorse bush cheers a dull spring day. It brings a promise of sunshine and to my mind smells of exotic suntan lotion. As the days lengthen, the gorse flower provides pollen and nectar for bees.