We are getting some delicious strawberries here at the moment.
In our house, buying one punnet of strawberries is not enough. It needs to be 2 minimum and that lasts maybe a day. Strawberries are one of the only fruit that my fuss pot boy will eat – so I’m happy to buy up big!
Recently I let the kids know that we were going to have a strawberry afternoon feast. For this feast, we would be creating yummy ways to eat strawberries. Some of our creations we all liked, some only myself liked and some only the kids liked.
It was such a fun way to spend a sunny afternoon.
Here were our 5 strawberry creations from our feast:
1. Strawberry Cream Cheese Gingernuts
I love cheesecake – but sometimes I just want a small bite of cheesecake. Now, are you going to make a whole cheesecake for just a bite? No!
I thought these Strawberry Cream Cheese Gingernuts would be perfect small bites and quick to make. All the basics of a cheesecake are there – (biscuit base, cream cheese and topping)… .and yes, they were delicious. They were not a big hit with the kids, but I enjoyed them. The only thing I would do the next time around is mix the cream cheese with a bit of vanilla extract and sugar for extra sweetness.
2. Skewer that strawberry.
The kids loved this one – Of course, there was marshmallows involved so I knew it would be a winner. I have also seen strawberry and marshmallow skewers drizzled with chocolate before. For a healthy version, we also made apple (soaked in some orange juice so the apple wouldn’t turn brown) and strawberry skewers. You can really use any fruit you like – bananas and strawberries are also a great combo (but need to be eaten straight away.)
I would suggest that if you are making them for the kids to cut the pointy end off the skewers after you have skewered your ingredients – less dangerous this way!
3. Strawberry Sandwiches
When I was a kid, one of my favourite things was making strawberry sandwiches. Sliced strawberries, sprinkled with sugar in between two slices of fresh white buttered bread – Yum! I could eat them all day – actually I could still eat them all day – and I don’t normally eat white bread. You could use other types of bread I guess but the fresh soft white bread is perfect to smoosh down and let the flavours mingle into a delicious taste sensation.
4. Smoothie it up!
Strawberries are perfect in smoothies. For an afternoon treat, whizz up a handful of strawberries, a banana, a huge spoon of vanilla yogurt and milk of your choice – I used almond milk in this one because it’s what I had. You can also splash in maple syrup if you need it sweeter. My kids love Milo so, for them, a spoonful of Milo (and no maple syrup) makes it a special treat.
Orange juice, strawberries and bananas are also a great combo for a pure fruit smoothie. I always try to keep frozen strawberries and bananas on hand so I can have a delicious smoothie treat at any time.
5. Prosciutto, Strawberry and Goats Cheese Canapes.
My oldest daughter thought me I was weird for thinking of this one! But I have eaten figs with goats cheese and prosciutto – so why not swap the figs for the strawberries?. These canapés were not such a big hit with the kids -– and I was ho-hum on this one too!.
Some other ways we wanted to try eating our strawberries was sliced strawberries with a dash of balsamic vinegar served with vanilla gelato. This was inspired by watching Jamie Oliver do this as a dessert – the balsamic vinegar brings out the sweetness of the strawberries.
A much loved dessert in our house is meringue nests with strawberries and cream. It’s simple but so tasty and even better if it’s home made meringue! Our afternoon strawberry feast didn’t include this yummy treat (even us strawberry lovers were a bit strawberried out!) but it did make an appearance the following day!
Do you love strawberries? What are some of your favourite ways to eat them? Please let us know in the comments below.