5th June 2020

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Campfire Style: Rhubarb and Lemon Balm Crumble by Xanthe Gladstone

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Campfire Style: Rhubarb and Lemon Balm Crumble by Xanthe Gladstone

Serves: 2

Cooks in: 30 mins

Difficulty: Medium


For the Rhubarb
25 sticks of rhubarb
A bunch of lemon balm leaves (or mint if you can’t access lemon balm)
2 tablespoons of maple syrup
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ground ginger

For the Crumble
150g oats
30g walnuts
50g pumpkin seeds
50g sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of rapeseed oil
1 pinch of salt


Measure out the ingredients for the crumble while you’re inside to make it easier for yourself.


1. Prepare your fire so that it’s been burning for about half an hour. By the time you cook on it, you want there to still be fire, but half embers too, so the heat isn’t too intense.

2. Take off the leaves of your rhubarb, chop it into pieces that are about 2cm long. Add this to your pan, along with the finely chopped lemon balm, maple syrup and cinnamon and ginger.

3. Leave this to cook, until it’s properly soft and almost golden, for about 15-20 mins. While it is cooking, prepare your crumble.

4. Add all of the crumble ingredients together into a pan and toast gently on the lowest point of heat on the fire. Crush the walnuts.

5. The crumble will need to cook for about 10-15 minutes until its properly golden and crispy. Taste it along the way, you may want it to be a bit sweeter, in which case add more maple syrup.

6. Once both crumble and rhubarb have finished cooking, assemble the rhubarb with the crumble on top, maybe with some yoghurt and edible flowers. Enjoy in a nice sunny spot!

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Xanthe Gladstone

Xanthe Gladstone is Director of Food and Food Sustainability at The Good Life Experience, Glen Dye Cabins and Cottages and custodian of The Walled Garden at Hawarden. Xanthe is our resident organic vegetable grower. She ensures the high standard of all food matters, in terms of organic, local and seasonal across the Good Life Society and works constantly to improve our food sustainability, combatting food waste and increasing transparency.

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