I was given some rhubarb earlier in the week and I'd already brought some home from Judy's. I love rhubarb. Ironically it's not that easy to find in the shops here because 'everyone grows their own'. It apparently is impossible for it not to grow if you have a plant. I was told that on Lewis as well but whatever I do I can not be doing it correctly because I just can't grow it on Lewis. I've never tried here. Anyway I decided that tonight when the family come for dinner the pud will be rhubarb (and ginger of course) crumble. I had some crumble in the fridge but not enough so set out to make another batch.
I've never had a lot of success with rubbing the mixture until it looks like breadcrumbs. So, as suggested by some cookery article or book or other I used my food processor last time and it was a great success. I had the ingredients in the bowl for about 500g of crumble. I decided not to overload my small processor (which I had used perhaps 3 or 4 times before) and make it in 4 or 5 lots. 'Twas not to be. The Sunbeam processor decided that the central shaft would cease to turn after the first 10 or 15 seconds. That's the third processor I've seen conk out in my time at The Cottage (Wendy's given up too although her last one was a large expensive one). I'm also on my 4th stick blender and my third kettle (the second one was an expensive 'silent boil' one which lasted 2 weeks over the warranty period). On the processors and blenders it's usually the plastic bit into which the shaft goes which disintegrates. So the whole item has to be thrown out.
I use my gadgets constantly when I'm in the UK and I think I may have replaced a stick blender once. I have had a couple of kettles too over the last 18+ years I've lived in Eagleton.
So I had to make the crumble by hand after all and I'm writing this out of frustration before I clean up the flour I managed to get all over the place when I took the food processor apart and tried to use the liquidiser (didn't work) and then used a large bowl.
Glad game: I have the satisfaction of a hand-made product which is all my own work. But did I want that satisfaction? NO!