Strawberries in January

January Strawberries

In the midst of the bitter cold of a Carolina winter, I often find myself daydreaming about fresh juicy strawberries.

I think about how, if they were in season, I’d eat strawberries and homemade whipped cream for dessert after every meal!!

January Strawberries

This year, however, there’s no need for daydreams.

This is actually happening. It’s been so warm and mild this winter that there are fresh juicy local tasty strawberries sitting on the counter waiting to be devoured one by one.

There’s no recipe in this post, I’m just bragging because the appearance of springtime fruits in winter has made me giddy with excitement.

Hope y’all have a great weekend,

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

January Strawberries

Strawberry Piscorita

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I love a good margarita as much as the next person, but I also love a good pisco sour. So sometimes I try and make both those drinks happen in some way at the same time and because its strawberry season this drink was created:strawberry piscorita

Here’s what you need:

8 oz strawberries with lavender sugar (here’s what I mean)

6 oz fresh lime juice

6 oz Pisco (we like to use Portón)

4 oz Cointreau

A couple cubes of ice (and also some crushed ice to pour the drink over)

Rim glasses with simple syrup and lavender sugar and set aside. In blender combine all ingredients and a blend with a couple cubes of ice. Pour over crushed ice and enjoy!!

Besos,

Charleston Spice Co.

Springtime S’mores

Remember those Lemon Icebox Cookies? And those Lavender Marshmallows?Springtime S'mores

They were both pretty great, right?

Well let’s take a minute and put two and two together with a little dark chocolate.

That’s right, let’s make s’mores.

Springtime S'mores

But why stop there? Let’s take these s’mores to the next level. Let’s add some fresh-cut strawberries:

Springtime S'mores

The delicate flavors of each of the components of this dessert sandwich are rather chic & sophisticated yet the ooey gooey nature of this treat allows you to be a messy happy kid again.

So enjoy the subtle melding of flavors while you lick your fingers and giggle at the chocolate and marshmallow stuck to your friend’s face.

XO,

Charleston Spice Co.

 

Strawberry Ice Cream!

All the talk about strawberries on Tuesday made us buy more strawberries!!! And all that talk about putting strawberries on ice cream made us want to get more ice cream.

But then we had a brilliant idea.

Why not make strawberry ice cream?!!

So we did.

 

Here’s what you need:

3 cups macerated strawberries (click here to see how to macerate, we used vanilla bean sugar this time instead of lavender!)

1 1/4 cups vanilla bean sugar

1 1/2 cups milk

2 3/4 cups heavy cream

 

Start by separating the strawberries from the juice they produced. Set the juice aside and puree the strawberries in a blender.

Combine the milk and vanilla bean sugar in a mixer and mix on low until sugar is dissolved. (If you don’t have a mixer (or just don’t feel like getting it out) you can use your blender to do this too! Just pulse it for about a minute)

In a big bowl combine the pureed strawberries, the juices, the milk mix, and the heavy cream.

Stir it all together and pour it into your ice cream maker! Follow the directions for your machine from there.

This is what you have to look forward to:

Lavender Strawberries

We bought some lovely strawberries from Maple Ridge Farm last week and it was quite a challenge to not eat them all before we got home!

But we already had some vanilla ice cream so we needed something to top it off with and what better than with macerated strawberries.

 

Yum.

 

Here’s how you can make this simple but delicious dessert:

Start by cutting up your strawberries

 

Put the strawberries into a bowl and sprinkle with two heaping tablespoons of lavender flower sugar. The more sugar you add the sweeter they will be so if you want super sweet strawberries add more sugar!

Place the bowl in the refrigerator and let sit for a couple of hours.

When you take them out you can add them to ice cream like we did or put them on top of scones, shortcake, or yogurt!

Happy eating!

See you at the markets!