Lauren Gemmell

Food, Fitness, and Technology

Month: July 2012

Rhubarb Muffins

Last summer I was growing a whole host of different veggies in my garden, but in the end I never got much of anything. Unless 3 cherry tomatoes counts as a glut.

Towards the middle of last summer my Mum brought me up a rhubarb plant, by this point I had very low expectations of anything in my garden.

However I planted it, not really believing that it would last the winter. (With new rhubarbs you are meant to leave them a year to bed in before picking).

Surprisingly not only did it survive but it’s doing amazingly well!


With my homegrown rhubarb I knew I wanted to something a bit different – not something I could buy in the shops like a pie or crumble and something so good I would have to blog about it.

It’s been a while since I have made the staple of this blog – the muffin – so the decision was easy.

I also have plans for Rhubarb Vodka and Rhubarb Ice Cream.

Rhubarb Muffins

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Cherry Popsicles

The weather in the UK and especially Edinburgh has been pretty terrible. Yesterday Matt and I popped out for lunch in the sunshine (with no rain forecast) by the time we were walking home it was torrential.

In my family we have running jokes about the moment you even think of having a barbecue the rain will come on, it’s similar to when the washing machine goes into its final spin cycle. No matter how blue the sky is, or how distant the clouds are, the weather will turn for the worse.

So I am responsible for the terrible weather in Edinburgh this summer. In June I bought a P-O-P-S-I-C-L-E mould.

I apologise.

Since then we have barely had a day of sunshine, and the temperature hasn’t raised above 16oC. I had imagined the summer spent with lots of great experiments with these icy treats. Could you get 5 of your 6 a day from a popsicle? Could you successfully recreate a G&T popsicle? Frozen champagne?

My best laid plans are not to be, however you can’t give up entirely, so I went ahead and made these cherry popsicles anyway.

Cherry Popsicles

Definitely worth the effort, even if the tips of my toes were turning blue in sandals as we ate them 🙂

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