Sunday, May 30, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Strawberries

Strawberries. I have one little pot of them and they have come back every year for the past four or five years. There is nothing like just grabbing a berry, still warm from the sun and popping it in your mouth. Not bad with fresh whipped cream or just a little sprinkle of brown sugar. Simple is really good! For dessert this afternoon we had store bought Strawberries with Mint Whipped Cream. Delicious. But nothing beats a juicy, fresh berry that you grew yourself.


Joining Mary from The Little Red House for another Mosaic Monday!  Stop by the Little Red House to see lots of fantastic Mosaics every week!




Strawberries with Mint Whipped Cream

1/4 cup sugar
1 packed cup fresh mint leaves and stems, coarsely chopped (recipe called for 2 cups, but we found it fine with one)
1 cup heavy cream
1 quart strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
mint sprigs for garnish
In a saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar, mint, and 2 tablespoons of water to a boil. Remove from heat; steep for 15 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a cup, pressing to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids. Let cool (makes about cup).

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in one cup syrup (store any remaining syrup, really good in lemonade!) You can re-whip the cream to stiffen, if necessary.

Starting with strawberries, spoon alternating layers of strawberries and mint cream into four serving glasses. Garnish with a mint sprig.

28 comments:

  1. I love strawberries! I need to go get some! :)

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  2. Mint cream sounds really wonderful to go with summer berries!

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  3. That sounds really nice and refreshing!! Somtimes the simple things taste the best. Hope your strawberry plant comes through for you again this year.

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  4. I do love berry time. Mint cream sound delightful. What do you have for blackberries! !!! (I'm going to check you labels.)

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  5. I like my mint in a Mojito!

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  6. Looks delicious. I made something like that but it was all mixed together..the mint makes it really nice and cool. Your strawberries are ahead of mine. I've been watching them closely and don't see a hint of red yet!

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  7. What a refined and brilliant method for adding a welcome twist to the traditional whipped cream with vanilla flavor! Love that mint touch.

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  8. Gee, your photos make me hungry. The strawberries look delicious! Love them!

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  9. Hello Carol...I think you have inspired me to have some strawberries for Memorial Day tomorrow. Hope you are having a nice weekend. I'm sure home grown berries are the best!! Blessings...

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  10. This dessert is looking perfectly inviting!

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  11. Mmmm delicious! My very favorite fruit. Ours are just starting up too. This looks great! ~Jeanne

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  12. It is very interesting that you can plant strawberries in a pot. This is way cool! Home grown are very sweet!

    I missed our strawberry festival, but we have a farmer's market near our office. So every Thursday I get 3 baskets for $5 direct from the farm.

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  13. A yummy mosaic, strawberries will be a few more weeks, can't wait. Take care.

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  14. Just had some strawberries whipped up in a smoothie tonite here at home. No whipped cream though.. :-(

    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

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  15. Oh does that look delicious!!

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  16. Oh, I love your pretty strawberry mosaic. Love me some strawberries too! I may have to try your recipe! Thanks for popping in and hope you have a blessed week.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  17. Hi Carol, love the strawberries. I have not had breakfast and no strawberries in sight. I have had them in a pot like that. You are so right, nothing like one right off the vine. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings
    QMM

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  18. Hi Carol,

    Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

    Amanda

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  19. Such a perfect summer dessert!
    I don't grow them myself, but we have a u-pick place that I love to frequent.
    Happy Memorial Day, Carol!

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  20. Oh Yum...a mosiac of strawberries and cream. Delicious. Valerie

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  21. Berry nice mosaic! No strawberries yet, but the bush is loaded with blueberries. It's me against the birds!

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  22. I saw a sign today for U-pick strawberries...It must be nice to just pick from your plant :-) Love the mosaic!

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  23. yummm, beautiful looking strawberries

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  24. They come back in a pot? That is so cool! I love the sound of using mint syrup in the whipped cream - that must taste delightful!

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  25. Mmmmm...strawberries and cream! I also have some growing in my backyard in a flowerpot..it's always so good to see them ripen.

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  26. "Berry" pretty mosaics, Carol ... Nothing says the start of summer to me like beautiful red, fragrant berries. I'm a purist; I like them plain with nothing except a little sugar if needed.

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  27. sounds good and such a pretty presentation!

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