- It is a film by Eric Sykes, in which the only dialogue is the word "rhubarb". Really.
- It used to be more expensive than saffron, imported from the banks of the River Volga.
- It was first cultivated in the UK in Oxford, as a medicinal plant, in 1777
- In 1835, the Chinese Imperial Commissioner put a stop to the trade in tea and rhubarb, opining that without rhubarb and tea, the foreign Western barbarians would surely die.
- Rubbing the raw end of a piece of rhubarb over burnt pots will remove the encrusted black stuff.
- Rhubarb root dyes your hair blonder.
- Rhubarb leaves make a good insecticide.
- Ambrose Bierce described rhubarb as "the vegetable essence of stomach ache".
- Rhubarb chutney goes extremely nicely with lamb.
I have two snotty coughing children. I can tell they are not well, as they are arguing even more than usual and sleeping in the day, although not at night. Son even fell asleep on the naughty step today. Rhubarb crumble with proper (tinned) custard is about as comfort food as you can get. Here's my recipe.
And off topic of rhubarb, here are 3 things I am extremely pleased with this week. The first is a great invention, and has saved me from endless trips up and down the stairs since it arrived on Monday (from Dunelm mill, a tenner well spent).
The second is the first quilt top square I finished that actually looks any good (although this is all relative...). The third is the booty I returned from Ely with. Lots and lots of Michael Miller fat quarters.