Yay! Wimbledon fortnight has begun – seems to be a bit late this year, but never mind.  That means only one thing for me. Not the tennis,   it’s Strawberry season!

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Now, I know that nowadays you can buy strawberries all year round, but that wasn’t always the case, and I still think that strawberries eaten in their correct season taste the best. They don’t even need sweetening with sugar at the moment, although I do enjoy marinating mine in a little vodka and/or sprinkling with black  pepper.

My birthday is in the first week of July, and when I was growing up it always used to be a family tradition that we would have the first strawberries of the year as dessert with my birthday tea – served in the traditional English way with cream.  It’s a tradition I still indulge now, even though these aren’t the first strawberries I have eaten this year.

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But what to do with strawberries once you get bored with cream or ice cream?  Here are some yummy suggestions:

 

 

Strawberry Cheesecake in 4 easy steps – BBC Good Food

Strawberry Cheesecake - BBC Good Food

Follow our step-by-step recipe for this easy no-cook cheesecake – a delicious summer dessert for all occasions.

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White Chocolate & Strawberry Mousse – Fab food 4 All

White Chocolate & Strawberry Mousse - Fab food 4 AllToday’s White Chocolate & Strawberry Mousse was inspired by a recent trip to the supermarket. I saw all these strawberry mousses on special offer and this totally whet my appetite. I decided to adapt my Chocolate and Pistachio Mousse recipe by using white chocolate.

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Superfood Strawberry and Pine Nut Salad – independent.co.uk

Superfood Strawberry and Pine Nut Salad - independent.co.uk

Superfood strawberry and pine nut salad

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Strawberry, Cucumber And Mint Crush – Female First

Strawberry, Cucumber And Mint Crush - Female First

Strawberry, Cucumber And Mint Crush recipe. A lovely aperitif for a summer’s evening

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Angel Cake with Meringue Icing & Strawberry Ganache – BBC Good Food

Angel Cake with Meringue Icing & Strawberry Ganache - BBC Good Food

Make this showstopper to wow at any celebration. The mix of meringue icing with strawberry and white chocolate ganache makes it a perfect summer dessert

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Jordan Rondel’s Strawberry-Raspberry Maple Mousse – Stuff.co.nz

 Jordan Rondel's Strawberry-Raspberry Maple Mousse - Stuff.co.nz

I’ve always been a huge fan of chocolate mousse, but in summer I often want something a bit less rich. This strawberry mousse isn’t overly sweet but the lovely flavour of maple still comes through. Try to buy a good quality one as it will make a big difference to the taste.

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Strawberry, Avocado and Radish salad – Stuff.co.nz

 Strawberry, Avocado and Radish salad - Stuff.co.nzThe colours make this an obvious choice for Christmas feasting, but the flavours are good any time. Look for little, peppery radishes rather than the bigger, more watery ones. If you struggle to find sumac at your regular supermarket, try your local Indian grocer (it’s likely to be cheaper there, too).

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Low Calorie Strawberry Ice-cream – ao.com

Low Calorie Strawberry Ice-cream - ao.com

This low calorie ice-cream means no sharing, and zero guilt.

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Watermelon, Strawberry and Lime ice lollies – Standard.co.uk

Watermelon, Strawberry and Lime ice lollies - Standard.co.uk

Fresh juicy watermelon and strawberries, combined with coconut milk and zingy lime make these tri-coloured ice lollies a refreshing and healthy treat

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Vegan Recipe: Strawberry & Basil Tart – The Gate Restaurants

Vegan Recipe: Strawberry & Basil Tart - The Gate Restaurants

Learn how to make this easy vegan dessert at home!

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Strawberry and Burnt Meringue Pavlova – Telegraph.co.uk

Vegan Recipe: Strawberry & Basil Tart - The Gate Restaurants

I didn’t realise until I went to Australia recently that the quickest way to start an argument between an Aussie and a New Zealander is a pavlova. I was served a particularly delicious one, made with passion fruit, and just happened to share my understanding of the dish’s origins. Both nations were represented at the table, and a fierce (and clearly often-held) debate ensued.

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Did you find something to whet your appetite? How do you like to eat strawberries?
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