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Is disappointing, is not disappointing
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komos From: komos Date: May 24th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. It's purty, and it's better in every way than the '95 Golf I've been driving.

We generally did straight rhubarb bread, crisp, and preserves, but pie was strawberries and rhubarbs. I will neither confirm nor deny that this might have something to do with weird heathen sun-worshipping rituals.

Just won't say.
why_style From: why_style Date: May 24th, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
HOO-RAY HEATHENS! (a la those red stripe commercials with the slogan "HOO-RAY BEER!" which i think is pure genius as slogans go)

we're thinking about maybe upgrading to a new(ish) hybrid like the toyota prius, but i know we'd be trading power and performance for gas mileage. since i'm not the primary driver, however, i've ceded control of this decision.

you know, it seems everyone i've talked to about this did the pie with strawberries and rhubarbs. guess it was only my mum who did the rhubarb only pie. she also did crisp and preserves (though i preferred her raspberry and currant preserves), but never have i heard of rhubarb bread. now, zucchini bread, that's another story...
komos From: komos Date: May 24th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, no... there were others, and I'm sure she'll chime in with her heretical "strawberry rhubarb pie"that refers not to the delicious strawberries worked into the filling but to the varietal of rhubarb that her fambly insisted on using. It's wrong. Not the pie itself, but that it masquerades as something entirely different.

I was talking to someone the other night who converted an old Mercedes diesel to burn kitchen grease. They named it "Frylock."
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: May 24th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
They named it "Frylock."

That is awesome.
komos From: komos Date: May 24th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
They're crunchy and up on current pop-culture trends.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: May 24th, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

the "others" chiming in...

As komos has already said, my mum made strawberry rhubarb pie that contained *zero* strawberries and bright red strawberry-rhubarb! 'Tis my favorite pie to this day :-)
komos From: komos Date: May 24th, 2005 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: the "others" chiming in...

Infidel.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: May 24th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: the "others" chiming in...

As I said before, if I ever have a strawberry rhubarb pie (your style) that has enough fruit in it, then maybe I'll be converted. Till then... ;-P
why_style From: why_style Date: May 24th, 2005 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: the "others" chiming in...

hm, i'd never heard of strawberry rhubarb. our rhubarb has a red stalk, but by the time it's cooked into pie filling it's pretty much a green-gray color. does your strawberry rhubarb have a different flavor, or is it just the color that sets it apart?

how confusing though. on one hand i think i agree with [Unknown LJ tag] that it shouldn't be called "strawberry rhubarb pie" unless it has strawberries in it- regardless of the varietal of rhubarb- only because the combination of rhubarb adn strawberries seem to be so common. but on the other hand, i have tried the kind withstrawberries, and i side with you, wisdom_seeker that i prefer my pie with just the rhubarb.
komos From: komos Date: May 24th, 2005 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: the "others" chiming in...

Each of the varietals has slightly different characteristics, and the contention is that the "Strawberry" rhubarb is the best. I've a quiet guess, though, that they only ever used the one and don't have a whit of experience with the others.

Incidentally, it's not the only varietal with a bright red stalk. It's just one of a kind.
why_style From: why_style Date: May 24th, 2005 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: the "others" chiming in...

honestly i didn't know there was more than one kind. my guess is that the stuff i get here in VA may well be different from the kind we grew when i was a kid in PA, but there's such a long rhubarb gap between the two that i've not noticed a difference in flavor. good to know though. i'll have to look fo this "strawberry" varietal and taste it for myself.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: May 24th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: the "others" chiming in...

Prior to moving to the MidWest from New England at the age of 26 and talking with komos about how surprised I was that the strawberry rhubarb pie I bought at the supermarket here had strawberries in it, I had *no idea* that there was such a thing as a rhubarb and strawberry pie. My Mom has *always* called her rhubarb pie "strawberry rhubarb pie." I went looking on the internet earlier this Spring to find some clarification on the varieties, and it didn't help. My Mom refers to the rhubarb that grows in her back-yard (which she transplanted from her grandfather's back-yard) as "strawberry rhubarb," but the plant growers' web-sites all say "strawberry rhubarb" refers to rhubarb grown in a hot-house, and they call the stuff with the red stalks grown outside "cherry rhubarb." But the farmers' market where I bought the rhubarb for my first rhubarb pie this spring had it labelled as "strawberry rhubarb" and it was field-grown. In short, rhubarb is a *lot* more complicated than I ever imagined it could be.
komos From: komos Date: May 24th, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: the "others" chiming in...

I don't need a conversion... I just want a concession that your insistence on nomenclature is confusing.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: May 24th, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: the "others" chiming in...

Conceded :-)
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: May 24th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: the "others" chiming in...

After all, it's not really my incistence on nomenclature; it's my Mom's :-)
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