Column: Rhubarb a great vegetable for making desserts

Mother Nature can be very good and produce sunny, blue skies with a hint of a breeze or it an be downright nasty.

Mother Nature can be very good and produce sunny, blue skies with a hint of a breeze or it an be downright nasty, as in the case of Fort McMurray.

The warm early spring with summer-like weather is producing garden stuff that normally does not appear until early in June.

It certainly was a treat  to have the rain as the ground was becoming quite dry.

A good rain certainly will help the forests and the grasslands.

The premature summer certainly has gardens in this part of the country growing lovely  flowers, herbs and vegetables.

I have some tasty tarragon that is now almost two feet tall, and too much oregano — better start harvesting some and dry them.

I do not have any rhubarb growing in my garden but some nice people gave us a bundle of this tasty vegetable.

For some reason I thought it was a fruit.

It is indeed a perennial vegetable, though generally is used like a fruit in desserts.

Although I can bake and have done so in the past but normally that is handled by the baker in our family.

Here is a recipe to make:

Rhubarb Lunar Cake

Cut 2 cups of rhubarb into fine pieces.

Cream 1/2 cup of butter with 1 1/2 cups white sugar.

Add 1 egg along with 1 tsp of vanilla, then beat.

Add in 2 cups of flour, with 1 tsp of baking soda along with 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder.

Pour in 1 cup of buttermilk and beat.

Stir in 2 cups rhubarb, then spread batter in a greased pan.

For the topping of this rhubarb cake stir together 1/4 cup of melted butter, 2 tsp of cinnamon and 1 cup of brown sugar.

Use a small spoon to scoop the topping over the cake and press into the cake batter with the tip of a spoon or your fingers.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes.

A good vegetable rhubarb dessert right from Cariboo Gardens.

Happy Friday 13th to everyone.

Bye for now and Goood cooking.

Ken Wilson is a freelance columnist with the Tribune/Weekend Advisor.

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