Friday, June 18, 2010

Strawberries and summer

Pretty much a perfect harbinger of summer...the arrival of strawberries for the picking. Lovely, red and juicy strawberries. They smell like strawberries...much unlike their early bird cousins that arrive in plastic containers mid March to tempt us from our withering selection of winter fruit. But oh boy, are they ever worth the wait.

So, on this solstice weekend, I hope to find myself some time in my kitchen. I will start with a strawberry puree to put into the freezer to dress up our pancakes during the deep darkness of winter. I find this a nice way to lead into the more labor intensive process of making jam....hull the strawberries, put into the food processor until it is full, whir it around and add maple syrup to taste. Put into containers and freeze. Done and done.

You may notice the new header for summer. The idea for the sun came from the Twig and Toadstool blog. You can get to it by looking at my On-line sunshine section. Thanks Maureen for the idea, I think it turned out perfectly.


  1. That is one beautiful sun you've got there!!!
    LOVE IT!!!!
    (I think there will be many more of these "suns" in our future...this was one of my favourite projects by far)!!
    xo maureen

  2. My MIL's boyfriend did my picking for me this year (youngest has pneumonia)...landed in here with a crazy amount of strawberries...froze two cookie-tray-fulls, made 2 litres of jam, ate strawberries with cream, strawberry shortcake, strawberries on french toast, and strawberries straight up. I could get drunk on them...and pass on the huge, whitish, spongey, pale imitations from California!