Monday, June 16, 2014

A Focus on What's in Season: Strawberries

I love strawberries. I'm not talking about the imported, no flavour, sad excuse for a strawberry type here....nothing beats strawberries ripening on their own bushes in the sunshine. When Chris came home and told me he had passed our local Farmers Market and they had their own berries for sale it didn't take me long to head down there.

Don't they look so good?

I have four recipes to share with you here using fresh strawberries....because when they're in season that is most definitely the best way to enjoy them.

Starting with the quickest and easiest....a simple Strawberry and Cucumber Salad.

About a cup of strawberries
Half of a small cucumber or 1/3 of a large one
1 Tbls of balsamic vinegar
1 Tbls agave nectar

Start by washing your berries..and then hull and cut them into slices.

Next take your cucumber and slice some of the peel off, alternating with strips of peel left on, then cut into slices.

Layer strawberry and cucumber slices in a circle on your plate.

Mix vinegar and agave nectar together and then drizzle it over your salad.

It's as easy as that and very tasty and refreshing. I didn't actually get that much of it as my seven year old daughter loved it and it disappeared rather quickly.

This next recipe is a little more time consuming but not difficult, and definitely worth it. It's a scratch made Lemon Cake with Whipped Cream and Fresh Strawberries. I made this for Father's Day and it was a big hit. I found the recipe on Pinterest and you can find all the details on the above link.

The next two recipes go together and were what we enjoyed for Father's Day brunch. Fresh Strawberry Scones with a delicious Compound Butter made with Strawberries and Maple syrup.

The butter is very easy and absolutely makes the scones so don't skip it. All you need is:

1/2 cup of softened butter
4 large strawberries
2 Tblsps of maple syrup

Mash the strawberries up into the butter. Add the maple syrup and mix again. That's it. Yum!

The scones were very tasty and that butter melting on them was perfection....all kinds of strawberry deliciousness. The scone recipe was from Pinterest and you can find it at the above link.

I hope you had a wonderful Father's Day and that you enjoyed this Focus on What's in Season post. I certainly enjoyed putting it together. ;)

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