Ep23 - A Rhubarb of a Pickle of a Jam

 Nikolai Astrup, Rabarbra, 1911, oil on canvas

Nikolai Astrup, Rabarbra, 1911, oil on canvas

This episode looks at where rhubarb came from and how it traveled the world. I look at the changes from how rhubarb was first used by humans to how it is enjoyed today. We'll learn about the etymology of rhubarb, the need for albarelli drug jars and then there's the utterly interesting link between rhubarb and the Zoroastrian creation myth. I'll share why the culinary tradition of Forced Rhubarb fully deserves its PDO status. I will share how I was inspired by the rhubarb inspired artworks by Nikolai Astrup, Mary Fedden, Elizabeth Johnson. I share some of the ways that I use rhubarb in my cookery, preserves, food photography and patterns.

  Albarelli  (drug jars), Di Gubbio, Mariotto 1541  © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Albarelli (drug jars), Di Gubbio, Mariotto 1541 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

 Nikolai Astrup, Rhubarb and Little Girl at Sandalstrand, C 1927

Nikolai Astrup, Rhubarb and Little Girl at Sandalstrand, C 1927

 Mary Fedden, Still Life with Rhubarb, 2003

Mary Fedden, Still Life with Rhubarb, 2003

 Mary Fedden, Reflection, 1992, oil on board

Mary Fedden, Reflection, 1992, oil on board

 Johann Zoffany, The Academicians of the Royal Academy, 1771-2, oil on canvas, from the Royal Collection, London

Johann Zoffany, The Academicians of the Royal Academy, 1771-2, oil on canvas, from the Royal Collection, London

Amanda Vickery 2016 article for the RA - Hidden from History, The Royal Academy's Female Founders

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Next is artwork from Elizabeth Johnson Art Glass LLC https://www.elizabethjohnson.comElizabeth creates realistic, heirloom quality glass art jewelry and glass sculptures featuring fruit, berries, flowers and leaves, ordering information is available on the Order and Contact Page.

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 Jackfruit, red pepper and black bean tacos topped  with crunchy herb tofu served with Smy Goodness coleslaw pickle and pickled rhubarb salsa IG: @SmyGoodness

Jackfruit, red pepper and black bean tacos topped  with crunchy herb tofu served with Smy Goodness coleslaw pickle and pickled rhubarb salsa IG: @SmyGoodness

 Smy Goodness Pudding: pistachio meringue with homemade strawberry and roasted rhubarb ice cream topped with roasted rhubarb and strawberries with lashings of cream and toasted pistachios.  IG: @SmyGoodness

Smy Goodness Pudding: pistachio meringue with homemade strawberry and roasted rhubarb ice cream topped with roasted rhubarb and strawberries with lashings of cream and toasted pistachios.
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 Smy Goodness Pickled Rhubarb  IG: @SmyGoodness

Smy Goodness Pickled Rhubarb
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 Smy Goodness Rhubarb and Strawberry print  IG: @SmyGoodness

Smy Goodness Rhubarb and Strawberry print IG: @SmyGoodness

 Welsh rarebit with Smy Goodness Rhubarb Chutney  IG: SmyGoodness

Welsh rarebit with Smy Goodness Rhubarb Chutney IG: SmyGoodness

A few years back I decided to bundle all my interests together and rebrand from Smy Chutney to Smy Goodness so that all my preserves, crafts, products and workshops could live together in one place. My own podcast seemed a suitable place to uncover, understand and enjoy things related to food, art, history and design. Please do share your stories, knowledge, questions and suggestions. In the Smy Goodness.com podcast section you will find the podcasts and all the items that we are discussing and will have ongoing discussions about each week.

You can also follow Smy Goodness on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. I'd like to thank Ashley Palmer for use of his Roland R-09 and Matteo Borea for creating the music. Thank you for listening.