It’s Strawberry week around here! Two refrigerators are stuffed full of red berries with room for little else. Last Sunday we picked up our delivery of 40 lbs of strawberries from the Fruit Club and we’ve been eating strawberries in all manner of ways. But most importantly, we’re having pie.
Fresh strawberry pie. My mouth just started spontaneously watering, you?
The pie book that Dan purchased had a recipe that I wanted to try of a chocolate crumb crust filled with fresh strawberries. It was an intense cooking experience. Instead of buying chocolate cookies and grinding them into coarse crumbs, this was totally from scratch. I made the chocolate crumb cookies last night. It took immense self-control not to eat all of those chocolate cookies in one sitting. Not to mention, that I almost slapped Dan’s hand to keep him away from them too!
Today, I pulsed the cookies in the food processor and added them to the butter and grated chocolate. Grating chocolate is no small job. It took some serious elbow grease, but it was worth it! The secret to a stellar pie is good quality ingredients. Real strawberries. Real Butter. Real chocolate. I ask you, can it get any better than this?! Dan and I waited impatiently for two hours for the strawberry filling to set by changing the oil in my car and I did the gazillion dishes that resulted from the pie making.
I can’t guarantee everyone would think this pie was as delicious as I did, and perhaps I’m swayed by the love and sweat that went into this piece of art, but Wowee!
In non-strawberry related news, the onions and broccoli are up! (Although it could be strawberry-related news if I observed the plants and was shoveling a forkful of pie in my mouth at the same time). Tender green shoots have broken through the black dirt and make us hopeful that spring really is coming. Actually, these green onions would go perfect in a fresh lettuce salad with fresh strawberries, candied pecans, feta cheese and grilled chicken.
Oh, man, my mouth just started watering again!
The rest of the week one will find me in the kitchen totally engrossed in making strawberry jam. The point is, are strawberries a part of your life? Woe to the strawberry-less life! Or a strawberry-pie-with-chocolate-crumb-crust-less life!
That’s our week on the farm!