I recently attended a lecture at our gardening center all about strawberries.
I used to have strawberries in my garden, but they kind of peetered out over the last couple of years. So I decided to start a new patch and picked up some strawberry plants. There are many reasons I like to have strawberries in the garden. They are pesticide free, they taste really good and they spread naturally. Start with just a few strawberry plants and within a couple of years, you will have quite a strawberry patch! But, the best reason I like to have my own strawberry patch is because I can sneak out there early in the morning, while I still have my pjs on, and plop fresh ones right into my cereal. Not that I have, but I could if I wanted too. :)
One of my favorite varieties is the Alpine Strawberry, small but super sweet! But, any variety will do. The flavor from a homegrown strawberry cannot be beat. But a really fun way to serve strawberries is with chamomile cream.
1 cup chilled heavy cream, divided into two halves
2 chamomile tea bags
1 Tbsp sugar
2 cups fresh strawberries
Heat 1/2 cup heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium high heat until bubbles form around edges of the pot. Remove from heat. Add chamomile tea bags and let steep for 20 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl, cover and chill until cold. (about 2 hours)
Remove tea bags and add remaining 1/2 cup cream and 1 Tbsp sugar. Using an electric mixer, beat chamomile cream until soft peaks form.
Serve with strawberries.
The chamomile flavor is such a wonderful addition to the cream and really goes well with the strawberries. Totally something different than regular ol' whipped cream.
Celebrate the little things that make life sweet,