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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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Well, Wild Cooks, we had some great fun at the Foodies Festival in Leeds recently.  Here’s a photo of yours truly knee deep in strawberry tasters. 

Rudding Park's Stephanie Moon at Foodies Festival

yours truly at the Foodies Festival

These Yorkshire berries are really at their best now, so my assiette of three Strawberry and Elderflower tasters went down a real treat with the audience. The dish was garnished with some amazing fresh Elderflowers that are just at their best now.

Rudding Park's Stephanie Moon at Leeds Foodies Festival

demonstrating at the Foodies Festival

If you want to sample these berry delights for yourself, why not have a go at my recipe.

Assiette of Strawberry Desserts

Assiette of Strawberry Desserts

Alternatively we have some amazing Yorkshire Strawberries on our Food Heroes menu at Clocktower at the moment – highly recommended!

Finally, if you missed us at the Foodies, the Rudding Park Wild Cooks will be in action again at next week’s Great Yorkshire Show on the Harrogate Show Ground.

Catch myself and Nigel Sampson from Holme Farm Venison in the ‘Game Cookery Theatre’ at 12 noon on Tuesday 13 July or check out my Sloe Cocktails and Yorkshire Tapas in the ‘Welcome to Yorkshire and deliciouslyorkshire Cookery Theatre’ at 11.30am on Thursday 15 July.

Yorkshire food rocks!

 Steph x

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