Roll on April, never mind March

We got so much rhubarb last year from the garden that I froze a lot of it for use during the winter. And despite using it with porridge in the mornings and custards for desserts, it’s the rhubarb and ginger jam that really does it for me.

At other odd times, the chopped frozen raw stems have been pressed into service as ice-cubes for cocktails when we’ve run out of ice, but this morning I stewed some with Crabbies Ginger Wine, some sugar, about a half-an-inch of squeezy ginger from a tube and a packet of powdered jelly for a jam with a kick. After much experimenting with ingredients I settled on a gingery version without fortified wine.

Cherry blossom tree bought in Newry c. 2006. Tulips, hyacinths, Crocosmia Red Devil (the cultivated one that's taller than the orange-flowered version) were bought in Jones' Nursery, Hearse Road (Swords /Donabate junction of M1). The rope was found on a Co Louth beach and hauled home as a pretty disguise for…...

Cherry blossom tree bought in Newry c. 2006. Tulips, hyacinths, Crocosmia Red Devil (the cultivated one that’s taller than the orange-flowered version) were bought in Jones’ Nursery, Hearse Road (Swords /Donabate junction of M1). The rope was found on a Co Louth beach and hauled home as a pretty disguise for……

……the borders of the ill-conceived semi-circular flower/fruit/herb beds. Rhubarb was bought in Jones' Nursery, and like the flower bulbs were a wedding present from our nearest neighbor.

……the borders of the ill-conceived semi-circular flower/fruit/herb beds. Rhubarb was bought in Jones’ Nursery, and like the flower bulbs were a wedding present from our nearest neighbors, John and Nell. It’s a prolific producer of the tart stems, which along with some ginger and our ‘secret’ ingredient, makes lovely jam.