“Ce sont les premières, goûte !” (these are the first of the season, have a taste!) my mum told me as she held a red strawberry she had just picked from the garden.
It was small and irregular in shape, still covered in dirt from the heavy rain of the previous day; its flavor was so concentrated and strong that I felt like a slice of happiness had been dropped right in my mouth. I was tasting spring.
This happened in May last year when I visited my parents, as I seem to now always do at that time of year. So I know well that I might be a tiny bit early in the season to experience something even close, but the simple thought of any chance it will happen soon again makes me smile. I really hope that when I visit in May — only six short weeks away — we will have a taste of strawberries from the garden, amongst other things — mâche is another one.
Strawberries are yet not at their best to say the least. I was surprised, however, to taste some pretty good ones last week. They were juicy, releasing delicate sweetness on the tongue after a bite. Since strawberries are one of my favorite types of fruit — and not only because of their cheery vivid color — I always make sure to keep a close eye as to when the first local ones arrive in the stores. Of course, I can feed the hope for a while since we are far from being at that point in time! Nevertheless, I decided to buy a large barquette to prepare a light dessert in which I also made good use of a can of coconut milk.
Can you guess what I could have made?
I will give you two clues: I have made a similar dessert before, and it is one of P.’s favorite desserts.
It shouldn’t be that difficult!
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