Flourishing Rhubarb

My rhubarb is loving all this warm rain. Rhubarb is a great plant to have in the garden as it flourishes all year round (well in Melbourne, Australia at least). It is a gentle cousin of Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus which has a strong laxative action), but with a much milder laxative effect. It makes a lovely gentle remedy (when stewed) for children, convalescence and the elderly. To stew Rhubarb, simply wash the rhubarb stalks and chop into 2-3cm pieces. Place in a saucepan with a small quantity of water (enough to reach 1-2cm above the base of the pan, but not to cover the rhubarb completely), or fresh orange juice. Simmer on medium heat with well a fitting lid until rhubarb is completely s

Tomato paste saver

Mouldy half used tomato paste jars are thankfully a thing of the past at my place. I used to hate wasting this great stuff but could never use it fast enough. Now I avoid that problem entirely by freezing in easy to use small portions when fresh. I simply freeze it in ice cube trays, then store in a container in the freezer. ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…. As I've said previously red tomatoes are a potent source of the carotenoid lycopene which is protective against prostate cancer. Cooked tomatoes liberate greater quantities of lycopene, and tomato paste is the most concentrated form. Eating tomatoes with a healthy oil source such as olive oil also improves i

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