Beautiful lush British strawberries are
coming back into season. They seem to
get earlier every year, but none the less taste very good. The following
extract comes from my book
(see Books) and was illustrated by John Spencer.
‘There are only two ways of eating
strawberries. One is neat in the
strawberry bed, and the other is mashed on the plate. The first method generally requires us to
take up a bent position under a net – in a hot sun very uncomfortable, and at
any time fatal to the hair. The second
method takes us into the privacy of the home, for it demands a dressing gown
and no spectators.’ A. A. Milne,
Not That It
No childhood would be complete without
strawberry sandwiches or mashed-up strawberries. The former are made by filling thin slices of
buttered white bread with sliced, sugared strawberries. The second, which is more poetically known as
strawberry mess, is so simple it does not really need a recipe. It instills a deep sense of comfort in
caster sugar to taste
thick double cream to taste
Wash and hull the strawberries. If large cut in half, then divide between 2
bowls. Supply each eater with a spoon
and fork, sugar and cream. Let them mash
up their strawberries to a chunky mess.
Juice will squirt everywhere.
Then sweeten to taste and add the cream.
Mash once more an eat immediately.
Single cream or even milk can be used in
place of the double cream. Alternatively
no cream is added and a small amount of orange-flower water is sprinkled over
the berries before mashing. It is all a
matter of taste.