Strawberry Social

Strawberry Social

straw·ber·ry

  1. Any of various low-growing plants of the genus Fragaria, having white flowers and an aggregate fruit that consists of a red, fleshy, edible receptacle and numerous seedlike fruitlets.
  2. The aggregate fruit of this plant.

Word History: Izaak Walton’s 1655 comment, “We may say of Angling as Dr. Boteler said of Strawberries; Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did,” is perhaps the nicest use of the word strawberry in its history. This history goes back much further in English to the Old English period when the word is first recorded. We know that strawberry was formed during that period from the Old English ancestors of our words straw and berry. What is not known is why the word straw is the first part of this compound. One possibility is that the small, one-seeded fruits on the surface of a strawberry resemble fragments of straw.
Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition

Summer is here, and the living is grand, at least in these North American climates. The window for seasonal foods is pretty small in Canada, basically mid June to late September, give or take depending on geographical location. Strawberries are an early berry, and come in a number of forms, I use only berries local to me, and organic. Period. A social implies an activity that surrounds this harvest, a celebration of bounty. In my hometown this usually occured at the fairgrounds with a bake sale, music, tastings and of course strawberries for sale in a number of formats besides fresh. Here are a couple of recipes to get you inspired!

Strawberry Buttermilk Short Cake

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:
2 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
2 eggs, divided
2 pint baskets fresh California strawberries, stemmed and sliced
1 cup whipping cream, whipped and sweetened
Directions:
In large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. In small bowl blend buttermilk, lemon peel, 1 whole egg and 1 egg yolk. Stir into flour mixture to make a soft dough. Divide dough into 6 equal portions. On floured board pat each into a 3-inch circle. Place on greased baking sheet. Brush generously with remaining egg whites, beaten. Sprinkle generously with additional sugar. Bake in 450-degree oven 10 to 12 minutes until golden. Remove from pan; cool on rack. Sweeten strawberries, to taste. Slice each shortcake in half horizontally with a sharp knife. Fill and garnish with strawberries and whipped cream.
Strawberry Short Cake

Strawberries Romanoff Recipe:

  • 1 lbs. (500 gr.) Strawberries
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup (2 dl) red wine
  • 1 cup (2 dl) whipping cream
  • Vanilla or strawberry ice cream

Wash, hull and slice strawberries. Mix with sugar and wine. Refrigerate for service.

Cheers, and happy Monday!