Make Do With Rhubarb and Get Mending

The Wartime is coming home to Pig Row. The seeds are growing and the first of the rhubarb is up and we have to decide how we can store it. We can go for pies, crumbles, wines or cordials. We are looking to make some cordials that require no sugar but we won't go down the line that some wartime folks did. 

Rhubarb recipes anyone? Come and share them.

Unfortunately, rhubarb leaves are not edible, they contain a significant amount of the toxin oxalic acid but this didn't stop some people from eating them as greens and dying. So, remember that next time you tuck into a crumble, rhubarb has a nasty sting in those leaves. Rhubarb was originally grown for its roots, which was prescribed to purge the system (yes, you've guess from which end) and was more effective than syrup of figs, prunes and was the TNT laxative of the medieval world. 

If you have any rhubarb recipes from your Gran's cookbook, do share them with us? We want to capture the domestic side of the Wartime Garden, the recipes that made the food palatable. 

Yet, we can all do our bit to make do and mend even today (see film below) and we recently purchased a hand driven Second World War sewing machine. We wonder whether this could cope with the fashions of the day. How many of us sew our own clothes today? Maybe during this project we will get back to it. It will be fun finding out.

Make do and sew your own clothes this summer.

A hand cranked sewing machine could make you fashionable and save your electric bills. Off Grid living.

So, now to a public information film that should help you get in the mood for what we are doing this summer at Pig Row.

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