George Harrison, Here Comes the Sun
I am having a marvellous time reading all the summery recipes posted by folk in the Northern Hemisphere using summer fruits. It makes me feel all cheery and summery myself, even though we are smack in the middle of winter here. (Mind you, winter in Queensland is pretty mild.)
These recipes inspired me to buy up big at the local fruit shop - I bought a basketful of fruit and veg that I really had no clear idea what I was going to do with, but it looked wonderful. My purchases included 2 punnets of strawberries and a bunch of rhubarb stalks.
The challenge then was - what should I make?? Initially, I was tempted by Dorie Greenspan's rhubarb and strawberry (well, cherry) cobbler, then Margaret Fulton's rhubarb and strawberry crumble. However, the practical genie kicked in and suggested muffins for work. A Google search later, and I came up with this recipe for rhubarb muffins by Fiona Haynes, to which I added about 8 strawberries, chopped into quarters. As a member of TWD (think lots of butter and chocolate), I need some low fat recipes in my life, so I was delighted to read that this recipe is also low fat. Bargain!
The verdict? I think these muffins turned out very pretty, and they tasted devine with the wonderful juicy rhubarb and strawberries in them. For all of you lucky enough to be in the middle of summer fruit season, you could do a lot worse than give these muffins a go. And just think of all the extra Katherine Hepburn Tribute Brownies I can eat next week for TWD after being so virtuous ;).