It seems that each summer I fall in a love with a particular color or palette which then inspires some of my entertaining. Bright orange and apple green are examples of past favorites, but this summer its all about Rhubarb.
Where to start?
Bubbles are always in season, but during the summer months I switch away from champagne and indulge in a sparkling wine or proseco – with a twist. To brighten up a glass before a summer dinner I make a rhubarb syrup (raw rhubarb and sugar in a food processor, with a tablespoon of water then pressed thru a sieve to extract the liquid) and add a splash to something with bubbles. If you prefer only a hint of flavor then freeze the syrup into cubes and drop 1-2 into your glass.
Rhubarb pie is a good go to summer staple, but why not move your rhubarb from the end of the meal to the beginning. Rhubarb wontons are a sweet treat but I like to add some shredded duck and deliver a sweet and savory combination that is delicious. I love the element of surprise. Not a duck fan? Then try chicken or turkey. Skip the predictable factor!
The color of rhubarb is really what attracted me to think about what to do with this old school bit of summer. For an upcoming dinner party I think coverting the table with a bold linen like this is the way to go.
These old school bowls evoke a summer time vibe (vanilla ice cream and rhubarb compote?)
Rhubarb rapture shouldn’t be confined to your own home. It makes the perfect hostess gift in a variety of forms. There are some great rhubarb scented candles on the market, but if I have the time I think a rhubarb paste (that pairs really nicely with an assortment of cheeses) is a great gift.