S is for summer, sweet dreams and strawberry fields forever
Heart shaped, happy shaped, strawberries taste best this time of year. When choosing your strawberries look for smaller ones, as they’re sweeter and contain more nutrients, this applies to fruit and vegetables in general, remember small is best, for food that is fresh!
Strawberries have inspired us for centuries, once upon a time newly weds were served them in a creamy soup with sugar and borage, it was thought to increase passion and attraction. Lovelier still, the Native Americans believed strawberries grew along the roadside to heaven, what a beautiful sight that would be. However, be cautious dear friends, for legend has it that whomever you share a double strawberry, you will fall deeply in love with! On the subject of Love, I'm sure that in cooking for the ones we love, our relationships grow stronger, and love, our greatest teacher hums happily and more brightly throughout our lives.
Your kitchen is a great place place to express your tastes, needs, dreams and welcome positive people and richer experiences into your life.
I read a quote today from the actress Hilary Swank, 'Before you eat anything, ask yourself,"What is it about this food that makes me a better me?", an idea we could all do with entertaining. How we treat our bodies and the food choices we make speaks volumes about our own sense of self worth. Quick fixes never last, in love, life and certainly diet. True change happens first from within, 73% of GP's in a recent study agree. Diets often lead one to gaining more weight, not loosing it, so please ditch the idea of dieting and make healthier and more wholesome choices instead.
Most of us have a sweet tooth, and I'm no exception, when the sweet feeling calls, I squeeze SWEET FREEDOM, this golden bliss of a sweetener is a lovely alternative to sugar. It's 100% fruit based, with a low GI, 25% fewer calories and deliciously sweet so you'll use less. It’s also suitable for diabetics as part of a healthy diet and is loved by all who try it.I've said aurevoir to Agave, and Hola! to Sweet Freedom. My friend Karen, recently enlightened me on the woes of Agave Syrup, a favourite for many who follow a raw diet. To create this Goldilocks drizzle, a combination of genetically modified enzymes are thrown together with some chemically intensive processing, including caustic acids, clarifiers, and filtration. Sweet Freedom is free of all of the above, there are no chemicals or enzymes in sight, no added colours, flavourings or preservatives and is GM and gluten free, so what you see is what you get.
Here’s one heavenly and pure strawberry recipe, that will keep you berry happy indeed and play no havoc with your body. I saw this quote from William Butler, a 17th century writer, for me it sums up strawberry love beautifully.
"Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did."
Here's one of mine, "Balance was never found in the biscuit tin, enjoy strawberry yogurt cupcakes instead" I hope you enjoy these just as much as we do. xxx
STRAWBERRY YOGURT CUPCAKES
MAKES 10 Butter 125g, softened Eggs, 3 separated Sweet Freedom 125g * Vanilla pod, seeds scraped Apple juice 1 tbsp Strawberries, 5 small Light brown self-raising flour 190gGreek yogurt 200g,
FOR THE ANGEL CLOUD TOPPING Greek yogurt 2 tbsp mascarpone 1 tbsp passion fruit 1, pulp scraped out Sweet freedom, 2tsp Vanilla essence 1/2 tsp
HEAT the oven to 180’/ Gas 4 BLEND butter, egg yolks and sweet freedom together in a blender, until velvety smooth ADD strawberries, apple juice, vanilla seeds and yogurt. blend again SIFT the flour into a large bowl POUR in cake mixture and fold everything lightly until combined WHISK egg whites to form stiff peaks FOLD in the cake mixture PLACE 10 muffin cases in muffin tin and fill with cake mixture BAKE for 30 minutes, check with a cocktail stick, it should come out clean when pressed into the centre of a muffin
FOR THE ANGEL CLOUDS
BEAT yogurt, mascarpone and passion fruit ADD sweet freedom and vanilla essence CHILL the mixture until ready to eat scrumptious cup cakes SPREAD on top and place prettily a slice of strawberry on each