Wednesday, April 14, 2010

rhubarb love

We had the most lovely day in Seattle yesterday - rich smells of rain and the scent of the first of the lilacs. Why is it that sometimes rain has a smell, sometimes not?

As you may recall, rhubarb is a favorite of mine: roasted, as a soda, in a crumble, pretty much any way. I practically danced a jig when I saw that rhubarb is once again available locally here. I bought my first bunch yesterday and proceeded to make these muffins - a family favorite. (The jam you see is our second-to-last jar; hopefully the strawberries will be ripe a little early this year so we can hurry and make more...)

Last year after I wrote about rhubarb, my sister emailed me to say, "remember how we used to play with rhubarb as kids? I remember we used to turn them into 'umbrellas' with their big leaves and sing 'singing in the rain for ketchup'. :). The memory makes me smile." I don't remember it, but I love hearing about the memory via her.

I wish you a lovely Wednesday.

14 comments:

Chai Ling (Singapore) said...

You have a happy heart, Lecia. I admire you and I love the way you pen in your blog - never fail to surprise me : )

kks said...

the muffins look yuummmy!
and a wonderful wed to you too!
xoxo

Ina in Alaska said...

Too bad you are not my neighbor. Or maybe it is a good thing. Because as I type this comment it is early morning and I would be knocking at your door to ask for one of those muffins to go along with my cup of coffee...

Rhubarb grows like a weed in our neighborhood. I will be out walking the dogs and someone will offer me a bunch. A bit too hard to handle now, with 4 dogs in tow....
xoxo

Sammi said...

We have rhubarb with almost everything on the menu where I work right now.

I love the smell of rain. Especially in the summer after the heat, that is when it smells best

Ruth said...

Ooh, those muffins are making my mouth water. I can't wait to get my first bunch, too!

susie said...

Yesterday did smell delicious, fresh and springy! Glad you noticed, too!

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

I might have to try this. I think I said something similar in response to a rhubarb post of yours last year! I don't really like it, but berries mixed it might make it worth another taste!
Nicola

Barbara said...

Tell me about it, Lecia! I bought some more today. Hmmmm. What shall I do? Perhaps the rhubarb fool I have been thinking about!

Joyce said...

I loved rhubarb as a child and still a child at heart. One of my favorite pies is my grandma, now my mom's rhubarb pie. Isn't fun how this tart fruit can stir up some wonderful memories. Enjoy the muffins. xo

vickys said...

Oh if muffins could look any MORE stunning than yours, they would be knighted. The look incredible!

Paige said...

Cheers from a fellow rhubarb lover!

Christina said...

we have a rhubarb bush in our backyard. i always make use of it. I am wondering what recipe you use for the jam.
i am going to copy this recipe for the muffins. yum!

Francesca said...

I haven't had rhubarb since I lived in the UK centuries ago. I tried growing it one year, but failed:(

KPiep said...

And you just sent me running to my freezer so that I can bake up my favorite rhubarb cake...more of a muffin in cake form than a cake, and definitly wonderful!