Rhubarb and Coconut Chia Pudding

Chia seeds and coconut make a perfect combination for a pudding. The fresh rhubarb we found at the Green City Market inspired this not too sweet dessert.

Very easy to make. Simply plan ahead as it needs resting time.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened organic coconut flakes “Let’s do…Organics”
  • 7oz unsweetened organic creamed coconut “Let’s do…Organics”
  • 3 stalks rhubarb
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • Zest of 1/2 organic lemon
  • 2 cups hot water
  • Pinch of salt


Wash and trim the rhubarb stalks so there’s no green leaves. Discard the leaves it any. Cut the stalks in small even sized pieces. 


Cut the vanilla bean in half, and split each half so you can scrape the seeds. 


Place the rhubarb, honey and half a vanilla bean in a heavy saucepan on low heat and cover for about 10 minutes. 


Meanwhile place the creamed coconut in a large bowl. 


Add the hot water and the other half of the vanilla bean.


Whisk thoroughly to combine. 


Add the coconut flakes, salt and chia seeds. Mix well, cover and refrigerate about one hour or so.


Uncover the saucepan with the rhubarb and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Cover and continue to cook on low heat for another ten minutes. 


Transfer to a bowl, add the lemon zest, mix well, cover and refrigerate. 


Remove the bowls from the refrigerator when the chia seeds have set in the coconut mixture. 


Fill small jars by alternating chia/coconut preparation with the cooled rhubarb/honey/lemon mixture.  Enjoy immediately or refrigerate for later tasting. 

Note: the longer you refrigerate the pudding, the  more set it will become. 

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Rhubarb and Asparagus Tart

This country style tart was inspired by seeing the display of freshly picked rhubarb and purple asparagus next to each other at the farmer’s stall of the Green City Market.  

 The combination of rhubarb and asparagus is enhanced by the refreshing and fragrant tastes of lemon, thyme and cardamom with a bit of honey to sweeten the tartness of the rhubarb.

The olive oil crust, gluten free, includes lemon zest to echoe the fresh balance of flavors of the filling.  

Ingredients for the crust:

  • 2 cups gluten free flour
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp hot water
  • 2 pinch sea salt
  • Zest of 1 organic lemon

For the filling:

  • 250 g/9 oz fresh rhubarb
  • 250 g/9 oz purple asparagus
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp gluten free flour
  • 5 g/ 1/4 oz thyme
  • 1 pinch salt

  Preheat oven 375F 

  Start by washing the asparagus and cut the tips at an angle.  If some of the tips are larger than others, cut them in half, lengthwise. Reserve.   Cut the remaining stalks of the asparagus in small pieces.   Wash the rhubarb and cut thick slices similar in size to the asparagus. There is no need to peel the rhubarb. Be sure to discard the green leafy parts as it is toxic.   Place rhubarb and asparagus in a bowl.   Remove the thyme leaves from the stems. Discard the stems. Reserve the leaves.   When making a gluten free crust, personally I like to use Bob’s Red Mill gluten free all purpose baking flour. Here I’ll use it for the filling as well.   Add the thyme leaves, honey, salt, ground cardamom, GF flour and olive oil to the bowl.  Zest the organic lemon with a micro plane and add to the mixture.   Add the lemon juice and toss. Set aside for the flavors to infuse.   Prepare a well with the gluten free flour and add salt and lemon zest.   Then add the olive oil and hot water.   Using one hand, slowly incorporate the flour and liquid mixture.   The final crust will be crumbly.   Form it into a flattened ball.   Using s pastry rolling pin, start to roll out the dough, rolling back and forth to elongate the crust.   Using a pastry scraper, lift the crust from the surface and turn it 1/4 turn.   Continue to roll out the dough, turning it 1/4 turn as soon as it is elongated into an oval, until you have a round shape that is large enough to fit the tart dish Bottom and sides.   Line the tart dish with the crust. The nature of the gluten free crust is to break into pieces. Simply patch it back together as it is very forgiving.   Place the rhubarb-asparagus mixture on the crust.   Arange the asparagus tips on top. And place in the oven, lowering the temperature to 350F. Bake for 45 minutes.   When the tart is baked, drizzle a little olive oil and sprinkle some fleur de sel. Wait a few minutes before cutting.  Enjoy!

Lemon Mahi Mahi with Rhubarb Ginger Sauce and Fresh Mango

Rhubarb was not common in the south of France when I was growing up, yet I have always been attracted to it, both because of its color and taste. Here, the mango brings a delicate sweetness to compliment the tangy rhubarb ginger combination as an accompaniment to grilled Mahi Mahi.

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Grilled Mahi Mahi served with rhubarb ginger lemon sauce and fresh mango. As a dinner, the plate is finished with some lentils and steamed broccolini. A great source of vitamins, perfect eaten hot or cold, and can therefore be enjoyed as a picnic.

20130615-075532.jpg Ingredients:
1 lb rhubarb
2 lemons juiced and zested
2 tsp fresh ginger grated
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup water
Lemon mint
1 mango
4 fresh Mahi Mahi steaks
Himalayan pink salt, freshly ground pepper.
3 Tbsp grape seed oil

20130615-075619.jpg Zest the lemons on a dish wide enough to contain the Mahi Mahi steaks side by side. Add 2 Tbsp of grape seed oil, salt and pepper, mix well.

20130615-075728.jpg Press fish into the lemon zest mixture on both sides, and refrigerate to marinate while preparing the rhubarb sauce.

20130616-164857.jpg Wash the rhubarb. Remove the green leaves. Cut the stems into small piece, about 1/2 inch each.

20130615-080145.jpg Grate the ginger, leaving the skin on the root after washing it.

20130615-080258.jpg Combine the juice of the lemons, ginger, honey, water and salt in a medium size pot and place on medium heat.

20130615-080347.jpg Add rhubarb, mix well, bring to a boil and reduce to simmer.

20130615-081501.jpg As the rhubarb is simmering, it should still be bubbly. Stir the mixture occasionally.

20130615-081536.jpg As it is cooking, the rhubarb will naturally turn into a purée. Continue cooking until it is sweet enough to eat, still maintaining a certain tangy taste which will be soften when paired with the fresh mango.

20130615-081723.jpg To prep the mango, lay it on its side and cut it horizontally above the flat large pit inside. Then turn it with the cut side down and cut the other side the same way. Discard the pit and peel the two separate sections of the mango, keeping only the flesh.

20130615-081814.jpg Then either slice the mango thinly or cut it into medium size pieces.

20130615-081925.jpg Preheat the grill for the Mahi Mahi. When the grill is hot, place the Mahi Mahi steaks onto the grill for a few minutes on one side. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the pieces.
If you do not wish to grill the fish, you might also sautéed it in a pan with an additional tablespoon of grape seed oil.

20130615-082127.jpg Once the second side is grilled, serve with the rhubarb ginger sauce and fresh mango, add lemon mint and enjoy!