"April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain."
April has felt more like a return to winter than the welcoming of spring this year. In Denver, we've had a blizzard warning and several inches of snow each week with a warm day mixed in here and there just to tease us. I've spent 2+ hours commuting to work (usually a 30 min drive) and am more inclined to reheat chili for dinner than cook anything new.
The weather has mirrored my mood and my ambition to do anything creative and has left me feeling lethargic, lazy and uninspired. I've been knitting here and there. I haven't cooked or baked anything new for a long time. I find myself watching TV and reading books and extending ski season as long as I can since I can't road bike yet.
So this weekend, in protest of yet another incoming snow storm, I decided to bake something springy. If winter won't go away, at least I can pretend it isn't 27 degrees outside while I'm eating a rhubarb square.
I dressed my rhubarb bars up with some wax paper and washi tape. Why? No special reason. I have some washi tape and figured I'd make these look a little extra special before sharing them tonight with friends. Washi tape isn't very sticky. I tried using parchment paper at first, but it wouldn't stick to that at all. Once I thought about it for more than a second, I realized parchment paper is supposed to be non-sticky. The wax paper worked much better.
This season of winter, this season where everything feels difficult and nothing seems to be going my way, it's just a season. I may not know how long it will last, but I know it will pass eventually. Until then, I'll make myself feel better by eating one of these pretty (and tasty) little bars.
Recipe for Rhubarb Curd and Rhubarb Squares from Lara Ferroni