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Succulent Springtime Strawberries

Succulent Springtime Strawberries

Wild Cooks, they are here! They are local, and early by a month, so fill your boots people!

Strawberries are at their peak at the moment and are packed full of sweet juice. Even the supermarkets have cut their foreign imports by half to make way for the early ‘Great British Strawberry’.

I recently went on the Jonathan Cowap Show on BBC Radio York and this photo shows us both tucking into my strawberry desserts at the studio.

Jonathan and I having some fruity fun!

Jonathan and I having some fruity fun!

The desserts went down a treat with the crew at Radio York and I left with an empty bag which is always a good sign!

These sweet red bullets of lip smacking beauty are enough to entice even the hardened carnivore! Being a big strawberry fan myself, I am delighted to be cooking with some of Lilac Farm’s strawberries this weekend. Lilac Farm is based only 5 miles from Rudding Park  in a village called Collingham and it is a great day out for the family.

I will be taking my Lilac Farm strawberries along to the Malton Food Festival this Sunday as I am doing a cooking demonstration. If you haven’t already got something in your diary, please come along to my demonstation at 12 noon on Sunday 22 May and see how to make good use of this fabulous berry with other seasonal ingredients.

If you like the thought of having a go yourself at my Assiette of Strawberries dessert, all three componenets are very quick to prepare. Please click here to read the recipe.

I remember as a girl collecting the cows in for milking on our farm and walking past the hedgerow and eating the wild strawberries on the way back to the milking parlour. The recipe I have given you could be adapted to use wild strawberries quite easily but it will take you a while to pick enough of this sharp sweet berry! The proof of the dessert will be in the eating….

Happy cooking!

Steph x

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Yes dear Wild Cooks, our pink beauty of stemmed heaven is back and is as crisp and exciting as ever….!

Steph at Oldroyds Farm in Wakefield

Steph at Oldroyds Farm in Wakefield

I love rhubarb, especially ‘forced rhubarb’  – out-of-season rhubarb grown indoors, a speciality of “the rhubarb triangle” south of Leeds in West Yorkshire.

This recipe is not for the amateur cook. It is a toughie, with various components, but wow – what a finish! It really shows rhubarb off at its best!

Assiette of Rhubarb Recipe

Why not come along to the Rhubarb Festival in Wakefield on 24 and 26 Febraury 2011? If you are really interested in rhubarb, you can pre book a trip through the ‘forced rhubarb’ sheds and learn all about the history of rhubarb first hand from Janet and Neil at Oldroyds Farm.

Paul and Steph amid a sea of amazing rhubarb

Paul and Steph amid a sea of amazing rhubarb

Steph x

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