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Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Comfort food - Rhubarb Compote


Cut lots of fresh rhubarb from the garden, wash and slice into chunks. Boil with a little water to keep from scorching, a long and slow simmer until the rhubarb is stewed and turns to mush. While simmering add 5 whole cloves, 1/2 a vanilla bean, 1/2 a stick of cinnamon and the juice of 1/2 lemon. Add lots of Demerara brown sugar, and keep tasting until it is sweet enough. Let it cool and refrigerate overnight so it thickens. Serve it with thick vanilla yogurt, or heavy cream, or Bird's Custard. For a wonderful finish, finely chop some crystallized ginger in a food processor, and sprinkle on top of the rhubarb compote and cream. This has been my party piece at Angela's end-of-season June potluck for our book club for many years.

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