Friday, August 31, 2012


The strawberries on the terrace continue to grow very well, so much so that I have begun to take them for granted. I feed them about once a week, on fish and seaweed fertilizer, applied via watering can. For a day the terrace smells terrible. And yet nothing tastes like fish...And then a monthly sprinkling of slow release organic granules (Espoma's Rose Tone works well).

At the moment I tend to graze on the berries in the late afternoons, when I am watering, but perhaps it's time I collected them all and Made Something.

Vince reminded me recently of a very simple thing: strawberries in red wine. Not in a drink, like the one I made earlier in the year when the farmers market overflowed in a high red tide, but eaten for dessert. Or breakfast! Years ago, he brought them to me in bed, in Vancouver, the first time I flew across the continent to visit him. And you wonder why I said yes, when he asked?

You need very good, very ripe strawberries, and just a little red wine and perhaps some brown sugar. That is all. Like this:

How do you like to eat strawberries? Teach me some new tricks.


  1. James makes riso di fragole -- it's savory, not sweet and is a beautiful color. Great fun to serve guests and ask them what they think it is.

  2. I think he should make it for us and we'll eat it on your roof. Just saying.

    I saw you and Coco last night and waved but you did not see.

  3. Sliced and left to sit with a bit of sugar to pull out the juices a bit and then drizzled lightly with the best Balsamic you can afford.

  4. Nothing fancy, shortbread biscuits, sweetened strawberries, whipped cream. I always seem to make them too big but we soldier through till our eyes glaze over!

  5. I would love to teach you a few tricks,

    but I think
    your dog already knows them(grin)

    Cool site, love u, C.

  6. Ah, knithound beat me to the Balsamic -- so good!

  7. Balsamic and black pepper always. Yum. Heat only slighty till soft and sauce forms then add vanilla ice cream. hmmm hmmm.

  8. Mash them a bit with fork or blender ,mix with sugar and sour cream - the polish way - delicious!

  9. Frozen! Like little sweet 'pops' of flavor! We freeze grapes as well- yummy!


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