Could they be the last of the season? I always thought Strawberries were a Spring thing, everywhere except England where they’re a year round thing, it seems. Well, it’s August, isn’t it? And that’s no time for Spring Chickens. But yet, there they were, sweetly fragranced, locally produced Strawberries, shining freshly under the market lights. And a bargain too! Why? What’s the deal? Well, I gave them a good sniff, a prod and decided not to look a gift horse in the mouth. When I got home I popped one in my mouth and the flavour was every bit as good as the colour and smell. Too good to be true! These were almost the best Strawberries of the season, and here it’s the middle of August. Those didn’t last long, and I went straight back the next morning for another batch. Of course we ended up eating them with all sorts of things, but this was my favourite way:
about 1½ cups strawberries,
washed and hulled
5 or 6 blocks of ice
¼ cup water
1 Tbsp or so lemon juice
3 Tbsp castor sugar
1 tsp Vanilla essence
-Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse until the ice has broken down.
-blend on high for a minute or two until the mixture is a good slush.
-place the mixture in the freezer.
-freeze for ½ hour at a time, remove from freezer and blend to break crystals. repeat 4 or 5 times before freezing.
-Remove from freezer 10 mins prior to eating and beat a bit to loosen the ice.
*try adding a couple Tbsp of your favorite alcohol to the mixture to prevent it from freezing so solidly