What is the predominant colour of food in winter? All shades of green and brown, intermingled with some white. And after a certain time I am tired of it, I have had it with soups and root vegetables, I crave fresh tastes, new to discover colours and I start dreaming of fresh white asparagus and bright red strawberries.
The first strawberries will be available in most shops around Valentine’s Day, often displayed in a heart shaped plastic tray. I once sniffed such a package and was really revolted by the ugly fumes. No need to use any common sense: there were about 18 different kinds of pesticide, fungicides and herbicides included in a deadly mix.
But it is ever so tempting, especially when they come delivered in a wooden tray, seductively suggesting some kind of natural “upbringing”:
Okay, I could not resist and I bought a tray. Taking away the plastic foil covering released a not so nice fragrance (see above).
freshly washed strawberries
I carefully rinsed them with lots of cold water, would this do the trick? I doubt it.
Heed my advice and wait for the strawberry season in your region. Do not hesitate to ask whether the strawberries were subjected to any chemical substances when not clearly identified as organic. Hell, you only live once unless you are James Bond.
When buying in big quantities I cut up the strawberries, add some grated ginger, freshly ground pepper (lately I am very particular to Tasmanian pepper with its floral and sharp fragrance), a dash of sea salt, some ground cardamom and grated lemon zest and juice. Puree everything, portion it in jars containing roughly 125 g and freeze.
Waste not – want not
I use the strawberry concoction for a delicious and healthy breakfast adding yoghurt, Chia seeds, fresh mint leaves, dry roasted pine nuts or hazel nuts.
Use it in smoothies adding any fresh vegetables in season, herbs and other fruit or for desserts with meringues. The sky is the limit!
My favourite breakfast with yoghurt, Chia seeds and fresh mint leaves (homegrown)
Do you have any favourite recipes to share?
Do you have any special breakfast treats or smoothie recipes to share with us?