There are many foods which I disliked as a child, but have learned to love as an adult. Brussel sprouts come first and foremost to mind. However, there is also a short list of foods which I have never outgrown my distaste for, and apparently rhubarb is one of them.
Until tackling this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, I had not eaten rhubarb in a very long time. My mother, a formidable pie maker, used to make strawberry rhubarb pies when I was a kid, and it was pretty much the only of her pie creations which I was not a fan of.
I considered skipping this week altogether, but I think it’s important to revisit our food dislikes every once in a while because, as with brussel sprouts, tastes change! And besides, this recipe looked so ridiculously easy, I had some homemade strawberry ice cream in the freezer which I thought would make a nice pairing, so why not give it a go?
Final verdict? This recipe is ridiculously easy and I suspect that it is probably a very good one for those who do enjoy rhubarb. But, for now at least, rhubarb remains firmly on my short list of foods which I do not care for.
Edited to add: Well, after some discussion with the other FFwD cooks, it looks like my recipe simply may not have been done correctly. It could be that I needed to leave my rhubarb longer in the oven or it could be that my rhubarb was simply too old and dry to produce the juicy result which everyone else seems to have gotten. According to my local market and the eat the seasons website, prime rhubarb season around these parts is February to May. Maybe I need to give it a try again next year because the photos from the other FFwDers are looking mighty good!