Sunday, 13 March 2011

Strawberries and Cream with Lavender

Strawberries and cream is a classic delicacy and it seems difficult to think how one could enhance it. Something I tried just now was to add fresh lavender. It works wonderfully. The herb brings an aromatic softness to the palate that perfectly compliments the smoothness of the cream. It is a delicateness that other stronger herbs such as mint, rosemary or even lemon verbena could not replicate. I am sure vanilla would be equally enchanting, but vanilla lacks in colour the appealing green that lavender brings to the desert. I'm sure that equally enchanting would be strawberries with a good quality vanilla ice-cream and fresh lavender. But unless you really have good quality ice-cream I would just stick to cream. Strawberries and Cream with Lavender is a lovely twist on this old time favourite.

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