2rhubarb stalks, cut into batons100 gmcaster sugar250 gmstrawberries, coarsely choppedRose geranium and lemon verbena cream4 gm eachrose geranium and lemon verbena leaves, plus extra (optional) to serve200 mlpouring cream60 gmcaster sugar2gelatine leaves (titanium strength), softened in cold water150 gmfromage frais (see note)1vanilla bean, scraped seeds only
For rose geranium and lemon verbena cream, bring leaves and 125ml cream to the boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Cook for 2 minutes, remove from heat, cover and stand for 5 minutes to infuse. Return to low heat, stir in sugar until dissolved, squeeze excess water from gelatine, add to pan, stir to dissolve, then strain through a fine sieve into a clean bowl. Add fromage frais and vanilla seeds and whisk until smooth. Whisk remaining cream until soft peaks form, fold into gelatine mixture and refrigerate until just firm.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200C. Spread rhubarb in a small roasting tray, scatter with sugar and roast until just tender (5-6 minutes). Refrigerate until cool. Combine in a bowl with strawberries and serve spooned over rose geranium and lemon verbena cream, scattered with extra leaves.
Note Fromage frais is available from select delicatessens. If unavailable, use crème fraîche.
This recipe is from the February 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.