Sunday, June 11, 2017

Strawberries



Strawberry season is coming to a close in our area.  We love these juicy little gems and look forward to them every year.  Local strawberries are the best, but the strawberries from California have been delicious this year as well.  We used to go pick these beauties.  I made jams and jellies and of course, strawberry shortcake.  I even tried growing them, but to no avail in our shady garden.  Strawberries love the sun.

Grayden tells me when he was eight years old, his Mother allowed him to sell strawberries from their garden to local neighbors.  He used the profits to attend church camp.  My sweetie has always been an enterprising fellow.  It all began early when he sold strawberries.  He remembers selling them for 35 cents for a heaping quart.  Along with church funding, he needed to make 6 dollars to allow him to go to camp.

I had a quart of strawberries in the refrigerator that were calling for a different dessert.  I've seen Strawberry Fool referred to in many magazines and online sites.  A Fool is an English dessert that has pureed fruit folded into a custard or whipped cream.  Of course, you could use yogurt or sour cream in place of the whipping cream.  The way I made it today was so simple.  It's hardly a recipe.  It consists of strawberries and whipped cream.  What could be better than that?


Strawberry Fool

Macerate with 2 tablespoons of sugar 1 quart of strawberries for one hour. You can adjust the sugar to your taste.
Then mash the berries with a potato masher or large fork.




Whip 1 pint of whipping cream along with 2 tablespoons of sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla extract.




Gently fold strawberries into whipped cream.  Place mixture into glasses and top with a strawberry and a sprig of mint.  Chill in the refrigerator.

  





This was a super easy and delightful way to enjoy strawberries.


The full Strawberry Moon was rising so lovely in the eastern sky last evening.   I do hope you were able to get a look at it.  If not, check it out tonight. ♥
















35 comments:

  1. Martha Ellen, I've never heard of Strawberry Fool before, how delightful. I'm glad that you had some good strawberries this year, and it's nice to hear that the California ones were delicious. I loved the story of Grayden selling the strawberries from their garden to make money for church camp. That's wonderful that you used to make jams and jellies with the strawberries. Homemade jam is the best. What a cool picture of the full strawberry moon. I wonder why they call it that?

    Have a peaceful weekend, Martha Ellen. I sure do appreciate your wonderful posts and also your dear comments.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Sheri, most full moons were named by native Americans long ago. It usually coincides with planting or harvesting of a particular crop. Hence, the strawberry moon for June. I hope you enjoy a pleasant weekend, my friend. ♥

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  2. Strawberries have come and gone here in TN. already. I am not a strawberry lover. Love the smell but not crazy about the taste. Now....I can handle one or two if they are dipped in chocolate! LOL...

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    1. Pam, our grandson that lives with us is not a fan either. His Mom is a huge fan, though. Chocolate covered strawberries are a wonderful treat. Have a great weekend. ♥

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  3. oh, that makes sense. Thanks, Martha Ellen, and have a restful Sunday.

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  4. Enjoy that Fool! Yummy ~ it's been years since I made one. In winter, when there is no soft fruit I've made a Poor Man's Fool using a nearly set jelly. Buttery Shortbread fingers on the side are a good addition too!
    All you need now is a glass of champagne and we'll be all set for Wimbledon! {Queens first though}
    Have a lovely week ~ Deb xo

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    1. That's a good idea using jelly, Deb. What could be better than whipped cream and just about anything? I'll meet you at Wimbledon! Enjoy your day. xoxo ♥

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  5. I made strawberry jam last week for a taste of summer in the cooler months. I am a great fan of strawberry fool, something that we have regularly as it is such a quick desert. Yours looks wonderful.

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    1. Thank you, when you English gals approve I must have done something right. Your jams sure looked lovely in their pretty jars. Have a wonderful week. ♥

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  6. This looks like a wonderful treat. It is one of those fruits that are equally good fresh or cooked. Sadly, our strawberry season is already over.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. There are so many wonderful ways to enjoy strawberries. A favorite of our's is just a bowl of them washed and ready to enjoy. Enjoy your day, Amalia. xo ♥

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  7. There's nothing quite like fresh strawberries! The strawberry fool looks delicious. We used to cut up, then sweeten fresh strawberries, and fold into whipped cream and pour over a piece of angel food cake. I grew some in a sunny spot in the garden many years back when I had a little cocker spaniel. She would nibble off the fresh strawberries before we coul get them! Strawberries should be available soon around here- can't wait!

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    1. Liz, this would be delicious over angel food cake. Yum! Enjoy strawberry season. ♥

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  8. Our season was very early too and now it's "stone fruit" time. I'm hoping summer doesn't pass too quickly! XOXO

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    1. All of the wonderful fruits and veggies of summer are truly wonderful. We need to make a run to the farmer's market. I hear they have corn already. Have a great day, Susan. XOXO ♥

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  9. This looks like such a delicious treat! Have a great week!

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  10. Mmmmm! I'm enjoying your strawberries from afar, Martha Ellen! Strawberries were always my favorite fruit. Sadly, just a few years ago, I developed an allergic reaction to them. Now I can only enjoy looking at them. We are having our first heatwave of the summer this week. Iced tea and fresh fruits will help to keep us cool! Wishing you sweet summer days, dear one! ♡

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    1. Dawn, I'm so sorry you are allergic to them. My Nanny was as well and she adored them. There are so many other wonderful summer fruits coming into our farmer's markets to enjoy though. We had the sweetest cantaloupe this past week. I could eat them all day long! We're in a heat wave as well. My iced tea is right by my side on my desk. With a little lemon and a sprig of mint, I'm all set. Stay cool, my friend. ♥

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  11. That Strawberry ๐Ÿ“ Fool sounds so good. I have not heard of it before...a little like homemade strawberry ice cream.

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    1. Yes, like non frozen ice cream, Vee. I should put some in the freezer and see what happens! ♥

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  12. And here I thought I invented that combination myself when I had leftover strawberries and whipped cream after the shortcake was gone! Only difference is I didn't refrigerate mine first--ate it right away. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. It's a natural combination. Had I known I would have given you credit, Cathy! This is a little heavy on the cream, but so yummy. ♥

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  13. There are so many good strawberry desserts but this looks good and pretty too. I didn't know the moon this month was called the strawberry moon. Interesting!

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    1. There are many names for the moons each month. Many American Indian tribe's refer to this month's moon as the strawberry moon. Very appropriate, I think. ♥

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  14. We've been watching the moon and it's been especially beautiful this month. Love the fresh strawberries and ALL fruit! My husband likes a strawberry milkshake too! Hugs!

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    1. Oh a strawberry milkshake sure sounds good, but if I'm going to get a milkshake it's going to be chocolate! Hugs to you, Diane! ♥

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  15. I think any recipe that includes strawberries is a winner.
    Strawberry fools and rhubarb fools are quite popular ... but just to have strawberries with some double cream is just delicious. Our British Strawberries are delightful in the summer months.

    Loved the strawberry moon photograph

    All the best Jan

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    1. I would love to taste those British strawberries one day, Jan! That would be extra special indeed. Have a great week. ♥

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  16. Your strawberry fool looks delicious, and so refreshing on a warm day. (We've had some warm ones lately!)

    I love your story of Grayden selling strawberries as a boy, the beginning seeds of hard work that paid off. His mama was a wise one, allowing him to earn his way to camp. So many lessons learned.

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    1. Cheryl, it is hot and humid again today--ugh! We went for a short walk early this morning and now I need a shower. Stay cool, my friend. ♥

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  17. Will make this tonight. Perfect end to a heavier meal. Looks pretty in your dessert glass.
    I have to agree the California strawberries have been tastier this year too.
    betsy

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    1. I'm glad you are going to make strawberry fool, Betsy. It's so easy. Stay cool today as it's going to be another hot and humid one. ♥

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  18. Martha, I'm a strawberry fool! So I'd love this. I've always loved the name. One of those odd little names like Eton mess (I hope I'm not an eatin' mess!).

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    1. Jean, I just love the English names of desserts and other foods. Love the play on words, my friend. Have a nice evening. ♥

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