Hello Gardeners. It’s time to re-up for the new growing season. You can download the garden application here. Once you fill it out, you can drop it off in person at the Oct. 6th workday. This is also the deadline to renew your plot. Those who do not renew by Oct. 6 may be at risk of losing their plot. Please contact the garden committee if you can not make the renewal date. If you need to drop of your application and check before Oct. 6, you can take it to the offices of the Eagle Valley Land Trust at 51 Eagle Road in Eagle-Vail. There office are open 8am-5pm.
7 Delicious Ideas for Rhubarb May 17, 2013
For accompanying photos, go to http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2013/05/07/calgary-rhubarb-yard-recipes.html
Rhubarb is starting to break ground across the city.
If you anticipate a bountiful harvest of the tart red stalks this year, here are a few things to do with all of it, beyond pie — not that there’s anything wrong with pie.
1. Strawberry-rhubarb milkshakes
For the ultimate summer treat, chop three to four large stalks and two cups strawberries and bring to a simmer with a half of a cup of sugar. Cook, stirring often, until the fruit is soft and the mixture jamlike. Set aside to cool completely.
To make milkshakes, blend one part rhubarb mixture to two parts ice cream in a blender with enough milk to make it so it can fit through a straw. Serve immediately.
Mangoes don’t have the monopoly on chutney. Tangy rhubarb is perfect for simmering with sugar, vinegar and spices to make a perfect condiment for curries or roasted meats. It’s worth trying some on your next grilled cheese.
3. Barbecue sauce
Rhubarb, simmered until soft with water, thickens barbecue sauce while adding a distinctive tang. A jar will keep for weeks in your fridge.
Use it to brush over grilled meats, add to baked beans or top a burger.
Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce
Two large stalks of rhubarb, chopped (about two cups).
Three quarters of a cup of water.
One onion, finely chopped.
Two to three garlic cloves, crushed.
One cup of ketchup.
One half of a cup of pure maple or golden syrup.
One half of a cup of packed brown sugar.
One quarter of a cup of apple cider or rice vinegar.
One tablespoon Worcestershire sauce.
One tablespoon grainy mustard.
In a small saucepan, bring rhubarb and water to a simmer and cook for five to six minutes, until the rhubarb is very soft. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
In the same saucepan, heat a drizzle of oil over medium-high heat and cook the onion for three to four minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and cook for another minute or two.
Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer; cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until the mixture thickens.
Puree with a hand-held immersion blender or cool and puree in a blender or food processor until smooth. Use as you would any barbecue sauce on grilled meats, in baked beans or drizzled on burgers. Makes about two cups.
Who doesn’t love a summer creamsicle? Simmer chopped rhubarb with water or juice until soft, then puree with cream or thick plain yogurt, sweetened to taste. Freeze in ice pop moulds until firm, then serve.
Simmered rhubarb blends perfectly into a tart vinaigrette, making it brilliant pink and thickening it slightly in the process. It may become your go to summer salad dressing.
Adapted from vinegartart.com.
One rhubarb stalk, thinly sliced.
Two tablespoons of honey.
Two tablespoons of rice vinegar (red wine or raspberry vinegar would work well, too).
Two teaspoons of grainy Dijon mustard (or to taste).
One quarter of a cup of canola or mild olive oil.
In a small saucepan, simmer the rhubarb with one quarter to half a cup of water for five minutes, or until very soft. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. It also works well warm.
Put the rhubarb into a blender with the honey, vinegar and mustard. Pulse until smooth. With the motor running, slowly pour in the oil. Makes about a cup.
6. Mini strawberry-rhubarb tarts
There’s no need to commit to an entire pie, just pick up a pack of frozen puff pastry and you’re halfway there.
Little Strawberry Rhubarb Pies
One package of frozen puff pastry, thawed .
Three cups chopped rhubarb.
Two cups hulled, sliced or chopped strawberries.
One cup sugar (or to taste).
One tablespoon of cornstarch.
One egg, beaten (optional).
Sugar or coarse sugar, for sprinkling (optional).
On a lightly floured surface, roll the puff pastry dough out one quarter of an inch thick. Cut into rounds whatever size you like using a cookie cutter or glass rim. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
In a large bowl, toss together the rhubarb and strawberries. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and cornstarch until no lumps remain. Add to the strawberry-rhubarb mixture and toss to coat well.
Spread some of the mixture over each pastry circle, leaving about an inch around the edges. Fold them over the filling, wherever they naturally fold. If you like, brush the edges with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden and the fruit is tender. Makes four to eight pies.
7. Lemon bars
Chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb is great in baking, mimicking fresh cranberries. If you like things tart, chances are you like lemon bars.
Try scattering a handful of chopped rhubarb over the crust before pouring the filling overtop next time you make a batch.
Winter Seed Sowing Basics April 24, 2013
Winter sowing is a method of growing seedlings. Instead of keeping the seedlings inside
until danger of frost has passed, the seeds are sown in containers that are left outside.
The containers act as mini-greenhouses and the seeds germinate and grow when the
conditions are right for them to do so.
Interested in starting to sow seeds outside for your garden this year? Check out these simple instructions below from the Calgary Horticultural Society. (more…)
Cardinal creeper seeds – sprouted April 17, 2013
I wanted to say thank you for the Great Seed sale in EagleVail several weeks back. We planted a few of the cardinal creeper seeds and they have sprouted already, and more starters to follow. We are looking very forward to this year’s season at the Garden. This is intended as a test to see if it is working., I’m new to wordpress. Thanks, Pedro. PS. I was excited to see the Salvation Army launching into its own community garden effort in Avon.
Spaghetti Squash & Chicken Pad Thai April 11, 2013
The Garden Committee has discussed this recipe at a few of our meetings now and it is is my duty and honor to share this recipe! (This is equally good without the chicken for those that do not eat meat.)
Spaghetti Squash & Chicken Pad Thai
1 large spaghetti squash
1 cup bok choy (diced)
It was discovered original here: http://stuffweate.blogspot.com/2012/01/chicken-pad-thai-made-with-spaghetti.html
Thanks so much to those that came out to support our seed sale earlier this month! We had a really successful sale and have discussed putting the money we raised towards an entry gate and new shed. If you’re interested in the financials behind the garden, take a look at our 2013 Financial Report.
Also, if you missed it earlier this month or can’t find your copy, check out the 2013 EVCG Member Info. This document includes our garden bylaws, a few rules and regulations to keep our garden space tidy, a request for Garden Stewards, some watering tips, an update on our Perimeter Project, and upcoming garden events this Spring and Summer.
Thanks again for bringing slow food to our valley, and we hope to see you out in the garden soon!