sweet surrender.

Valentines Day Dinner: Part the Third

So, in my poorly-planned choosing of a mate, I selected one who is lacking something quite crucial: a sweet tooth. He doesn’t bat an eye at any of  the cakes or cookies that come across this blog.  The traditional Valentine’s molten-chocolate-raspberry whatnot wasn’t going to cut it.  What smacked me right in the face as soon as I entered Whole Foods? Fresh strawberries! (granted they were long-stemmed and right next to chocolate melts, but it got the mind turning).  In the midst of the WORST WINTER EVER, fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream sounded like sheer bliss.

There is no recipe to this…just some banging around the kitchen.  Stop breathing into that paper bag, you can do it too. you can live without recipes. I’ll number the steps if that will make you feel better. Yes? Ok.

1. Wash and cut strawberries into halves.  Place in bowl, sprinkle a small palm-full of sugar on top (maybe 2-3 tablespoons). Toss to coat strawberries. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and put in fridge to sit.

when you let the berries sit with the sugar, it creates a great light syrup-type thing. but without syrup.

2. The whipped cream. “Oh dear that sounds so fancy and complicated, homemade whipped cream!” you gasp.  How do you do it? YOU WHIP THE HELL OUT OF IT.

yep, this is every thing you need.

oh, well and this helps too. Leenie's Manfriend's gracious x-mas gift 🙂

3. Whip the cream (use the whisk attachment, not a paddle or those beater things) until it starts to thicken.  You’ll see little bubbles form and will feel the consistency change (if you’re using a hand mixer).

4. Add 1T liquor, if using, and a tablespoon of sugar for good measure.  (if omitting the liquor, a teaspoon or two of vanilla extract)

also tasty flavorings include...amaretto, frangelico, maybe grand marnier.

5. Beat until cream forms stiff peaks (When you bring the whisk out of the cream, the tip does not curl over). Be mindful of this and do not over-whisk or you will have a bowlful of homemade butter.

su-per. not sure what's going on with that lighting on the whisk.

6. Spoon berries on plate. Top with whipped cream. (the equivalent to my father’s now favorite “throw shit on a plate.”)  Consume. If you’re feeling frisky, top with some shaved chocolate and mint spring left over from the lamb.

Lo and behold, this was GOBBLED  up by all parties. 🙂


One response

  1. I was in the same situation…Kirk had no sweet tooth when we met. How do you share desserts in that situation? It took years of hard work, but I have converted him into someone who needs chocolate at least once a day. Stick with it…he’ll come along…

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