Another seasonal gem just came into season : rhubarb. These tangy, crunchy stems served with strawberries is a match made in fruit heaven. There are plenty of sweet recipes out there: pies, cakes, compotes, turnovers etc. I like my rhubarb roasted and served in a savoury dish like with hummus and feta. I also decided to make my own flour tortilla chips. How hard can it be, right?
RHUBARB – This plant popped in cookbooks in the 18th century where as before it was more medicinal. Its origins are not quite clear but definitely came from China, via Greece and Turkey and than widely available in Europe. In the UK they force the shed grown rhubarb to stay alight shade of pink by keeping the light out and harvesting by candlelight. The leaves are poisonous so compost those. It is easy to gown in your garden or on your balcony, they need well draining soil and plenty of sun. Bets not to harvest the 1st year, give the plant a chance to establish it selves. Always leave 2 stalks on the plant when harvesting for a continued production. Come fall remove the died stalks, cover with mulch or compost high in nitrogen and let dormant for winter. I chopped them up, didn’t peel them much as they are quite little and young shoots. Dumped them in a pan with some ground ginger and olive oil and let them soften.
STEP 1: Peel the rhubarb if needed, Dice in 1 cm chunks.
STEP 2: Add to a pan with olive oil and season with ground ginger.
TORTILLA CHIPS – it is basically flour, baking powder, a pinch of salt with oil and water. Easy to make and very satisfying. I baked them first on my Le Creuset crepes pan on the stovetop for about 2 minutes on each side and than cut them in triangles, sprinkle of salt and baked them for another 15 minutes in the oven. I rolled them out with my rolling pin but I could ve done them thinner but they turned out quite crisp.
STEP 1: Add to the flour , salt and baking powder the oil and water and mix well.
STEP 2: Kneed the dough and form a ball. let rest for 10 minutes and than divide in 8 or 10 equal parts. Form little balls.
STEP 3: Roll out each ball of dough with a little dusting of flour on the rolling pin.
STEP 4: Heat a crepes pan or other non-stick pan and bake each side for about 2 minutes on high heat.
STEP 5: Cut the tortillas into triangles and lay on baking tray and mat. Sprinkle with salt. Bake in pre-heated oven at 180 C for about 15 minutes.
HUMMUS – everyone has their own favourite way of making it. I don’t use any garlic as I can’t digest it. If you have the 3 essentials everything else you can just make it your own. You need chickpeas ( duh), tahini and olive oil. Tahini is a sesame seed paste you can find in the Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine section of the supermarket or organic store. I just LOVE it, soo I put loads in. You can make it yourself I ve read some recipes but i just buy it and re-purpose the jar. In this version of hummus i added ground caraway seeds which I ADORE. The flavour is if fennel seeds and cumin had a baby, totally delish. I didn’t add any lime or lemon this time as the rhubarb is already quite acidic.
STEP 6: Make your hummus and place some chickpeas well drained and dried off on baking tray and sheet, sprinkle with salt. Bake for 20 minutes in pre-heated oven at 180 C.
My roasted rhubarb with hummus, feta and homemade tortilla chips
Yield 4 portions
for the tortilla chips:
- 200 gr flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 30 ml olive oil
- 100 ml water
for the rhubarb:
- 1 pack rhubarb
- 1 teapoon ground ginger
for the hummus and toppings:
- 240 gr (1 can) chickpeas, drained - keep some fluid
- 1 table spoon tahini
- olive oil
- 1 tea spoon ground caraway seeds
- 50 gr feta
- To make the tortillas: combine the dry ingredients and add the oil and water, mix well. You can use a whisk like I did or a stand alone mixer. Tip the dough out onto a floured surface and kneed till well combined. Let rest for 10 minutes and than cut into 8 or 10 equal parts. Roll out each part till flat and tin. Bake 2 minutes on each side in a non-stick pan. Cut in triangles, sprinkle with salt and bake a further 10-15 minutes in pre heated oven at 180 C.
- Reserve a hand full of chickpeas. To make the hummus: in a blender combine the rest of the chickpeas, some of the liquid, tahini, ground caraway seeds and olive oil and blend till smooth. Add more liquid or oil as per your taste and liking. Season with salt and pepper. Place the reserved well drained and patted dry chickpeas on a baking tray and sheet, season with salt and bake for 15 minutes in pre-heated oven at 180 C.
- For the Rhubarb: Dice them into chunks of 1 cm, cook in pan with olive oil and ground ginger till soft but not mushed.
- To serve: add the hummus, top with oven baked chickpeas, feta and rhubarb. Splash a bit of olive oil and add the chips.
on www.leeksandhighheels.com by Sandra Slawinski
I used my own stuff, not paid to post. Plate from Hema, pan from le Creuset, blender from magimix, LHH rolling pin received from Libelle Lekker magazine via Feest in een Doosje click HERE. This fun gift site has plenty of creative personalized ideas.