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I’ve been watching a lot of tv lately. Which is pretty unusual for me … I can spend days without using it and I even lived several years without even owning one. The only reason I own one now is because my mom gave it to me when she bought a new one. She asked me if I wanted it and I accepted because well.. It was free. I said that I would never pay for a tv.
I even stopped watching TV shows for a while because I got tired of them, I watched too many I guess. But lately I decided to watch a few ones like Smash (they stopped it after two seasons, I was really sad about it), Nashville, New Girl and Catfish the TV show from time to time. And since Nashville and New Girl third seasons are over, I might try to catch up on Once Upon A time and Witches of East End …
The thing is that when you start watching tv you do less and less things and I have to say that those last weeks of TV watching had been pretty unproductive, lazy weeks. The truth is that TV is a lot like comfort food to me. I used to watch it at my parent’s house and the fact to put it on is like being at home and it feels good and reassuring.
I think that a lot of people that live alone just like to put the tv on while they are doing other things around the house just because it has the power to fill up the room and your place. It’s like somebody’s with you. One more time It’s comforting. Even though I watched a lot of tv, I didn’t get to the point of just sitting there while zapping and watching whatever was on. The good thing about replay nowadays is that you can pick wisely what you wanna watch.
In my case, you guessed it, it’s mainly food shows. In France like almost everywhere else in the world I guess they are very popular now. So I’ve been watching religiously « The Best Bakery of France » (« La Meilleure boulangerie de France »). It’s a great show, you get to discover a lot of differents bakeries and their signature bread or pastry, how it’s done and they end up with a contest. It’s really impressive and what I like about it is that you learn a lot of things.
Second show that it’s on once a week since last week is « Who will be the next best Pastry Chef » season two which is a lot like Top Chef Dessert. I love it too. One more time it’s really impressive to see them work.. Then you have small shows about the last food tendencies amongst other things.. Well ok I admit that I watched a lot of food tv lately !
A lot of food tv and Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition. I’m always so impressed by those people that have the courage, yes the Courage to get in that fight against their weight. I usually cry a lot watching that show. (Well I cry easily ) But it’s really motivating because it makes you think that if they are able to lose 200 pounds it should be easy for you to lose 9 pounds … It should be.
Anyway so in between culinary shows I had to do something about the rhubarb that I was so excited to buy in the first place. I love it. But one more time I didn’t wanted to make something to eat for 12 persons … I wanted to do something I could eat reasonably on my own.
Then I thought about this gourmet rhubarb jam that my mom always buys and that I love to spread on toast … It was the perfect idea. I loved it. It is so easy to do and so good !! You should try it ! I like it on the tart side so maybe that you would have to increase a bit the sugar if you prefer it on the sweet side. Let me know what you think !
- 2 cups ( 250g / 9 oz ) , about 3-4 rhubarb stalks
- ¾ cup (150g / 5.3 oz ) granulated sugar
- 1 Tbps (15g / 0.5 oz ) water
- 1 Tbsp (15g / 0.5 oz / ) Lemon juice
- 1 vanilla pod, split and scraped
- Rinse, peel, trim the ends and slice the rhubarb into small chunks, about 1-inch.
- Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan.
- Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer.
- Continue simmering, for about 15 - 20 minutes while stirring occasionally.
- Transfer to a sterilised jar.
- Store in the fridge.
Bon Appétit !