I’ve been keeping an eye out for local strawberries at farmers’ market every weekend – and so far I’m still looking. But the wait is nearly over!
The local berries are a totally different animal than the California strawberries, which certainly are also very tasty, but ours are of their own style. I think the local ones should be known by some other name – something that alludes to their diminutive size, tender structure, and other-worldly flavor…
Can you tell I’m looking forward to them?
When I heard from New Pi’s local produce coordinator Mike that they’ll be popping up at New Pi sometime next week, it made my day.
You might recognize this recipe from the May/June Catalyst - it’s so good I have to share it with you here. It should not be missed.
Making a pretty (and delicious) mint sugar for dipping the rims of your glasses actually takes just a minute, and it’s fun. Sugar + mint leaves + stone = sugar you wouldn’t believe is naturally green. We don’t fake things around here. Did I mention it’s delicious?
Now just wait a few more days… then go get’em!
Local Strawberry Bubbly
Inspired by Jamie Oliver
Truly delicious and delightful!
4 leaves fresh mint, plus 6 long sprigs to garnish
4 large handfuls strawberries, preferably local (delicate and more flavorful!), hulled and washed
1 bottle sparkling wine – try Domain Ste. Michelle (suggested by IC wine gal Miss Nik!)
1⁄4 c. sugar
mortar & pestle
Push 3 of the handfuls berries with 1 mint leaf through a sieve into a bowl with the back of a spoon, collecting the juice. This should be pretty easy with soft local berries, but might require a little muscle with bigger California berries (either version is delicious!).
With a mortar & pestle, grind sugar with several mint leaves until green. Transfer to a saucer.
Dip the rim of each glass into water in another saucer, then dip rim in minty sugar.
Slice remaining handfull of berries.
Divide strawberry juice between glasses. Carefully fill with bubbly, in additions to keep the fizzing under control. Top with sliced berries, add a sprig of mint, and enjoy!