Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Strawberries. Lots of strawberries!

Posted by Rosie

Well I never thought I'd say this but I'm actually getting ever so slightly fed up of the sight of strawberries!! I planted my strawberry bed last Spring and had just a few fruits last year, most of which Ben ate before they got to the kitchen. But this year even Ben can't manage to eat the amount I am harvesting. This is about a third of what I picked today and I still have a quarter of the bed to go. I reckon I have picked at least 15kgs overall and they are still coming. Ahhhhhh!!

So what have I done with them all? Well of course we started with eating just the fruit but then I moved on to:

  • Strawberry crumble (requested by Ben)
  • Strawberry liqueur (not requested by Ben)
  • Strawberry jam (my favourite)
  • Strawberry buns
  • Strawberry ice-cream (2 different recipes)
  • Strawberry lollies
  • Strawberry shortcake
  • Strawberry yoghurt
  • Strawberry iced sherbet (Simon made this)
  • Strawberry sauce - (2 different types)
  • and I have 3 jars of bottled strawberries in the oven as I type.
Others I have frozen and I'm off to search for any freezable recipes so I can enjoy the fruits of my labours as mid-winter treat.
Oh and I almost forget - I had a couple of sliced strawberries in my Pimms this evening ;-)

8 comments :

  1. im not jealous... oh no... uhuh.. not me... grumble....

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  2. Am also using up fruit and veg in Pimms!

    Well, mint, strawbs and cucumber...its 3 of our 5 a day!

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  3. ooooh :( Strawberries. I love strawberries.I only have four plants- new this year so just picking one at a time, although I know you aren't suppose to let them fruit in the first year..maybe next year I'll be asking for your recipies !

    No pimms either : (

    Compostwoman - cucmbers already ? !

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  4. CiG - if only I could send you some!! I mght try your recipe of creme brulee with hidden strawberrries.

    CW - Cucumber in Pimms - I forgot about that and I picked my first one yesterday.

    Annie (or anyone else)- Let me know if you want any recipes (some I found online anyway!).

    Right I'm off to pick the other quarter of the bed, after I've finished my breakfast of muesli .... with strawberries!!

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  5. Oooh.....the stress of too many strawberries....yum yum!! Haha, only kidding, looks like you have a brilliant crop, is there any way you can sell some on or barter some maybe?

    Sue xx

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  6. oh such stress lol!! we have a good crop this year,however the smalls can & wil eat all we pick,it astonishes me!! I long for enough to be glutted with them....lol!
    GTM x xx x

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  7. Wow fantastic crop there. We have lots of plants but as is winter now no fruit til summer at least Dec.

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  8. Hasn't it been the most amazing year for fruit? We had gallons of strawberries too but also cherries - so many the birds left us MASSES. I never thought this particular fruit bat would be sick of cherries! Hoping the figs and peaches will be as abundant.

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