May 27, 2012

Rose & Mint Infused Strawberries

Finally, the weather has changed from feeling like we were still in the middle of March to hot and sunny, the way it should be at that time of year. I’ve found hard to spend time in front of my computer screen, all I’ve wanted to do is stay outdoors and make the most of that beautiful sunshine. So, that’s was I’ve done (when not at work), and went swimming, walking and gardening, and all that exercise and fresh air have left me achy and sunburnt. So today, I’ve decided to take it easy and have a bit of a rest. I made coconut and strawberry lollies, which are currently setting in the freezer and should be ready for later. Speaking of strawberries, when they are in season, I cannot get enough of them. Nearly everyday I eat strawberries. We wanted to grow some in hanging baskets in our garden, but haven’t had a chance to do it yet. However, we seem to have wild strawberries growing, and I’m very much looking forward to eating them. We made that dessert last week and it was fresh and fruity, exactly what I love at that time of year :)
Rose & Mint Infused Strawberries – serves 4
• 400g strawberries, hulled and quartered
• 2 sprigs of mint, leaves taken off
• 300ml water
• 2tbsp rose water
• 3tbsp golden caster sugar
• 1tbsp dry rose petals, crushed

1. Place the strawberries and mint leaves in a large bowl.
2. In a small saucepan, put the water, rose water, sugar and dry rose. Bring to the boil. Lower the heat and leave to simmer for 15-20min until the liquid becomes syrupy.
3. Pour over the strawberries. Leave to cool down before placing in the fridge for a few hours before eating.
Fraises Infusées à la Rose et Menthe – pour 4 personnes
• 400g de fraises, équeutées et coupées en 4
• 2 brins de menthe, effeuillés
• 300ml d’eau
• 2cs d’eau de rose
• 3cs de sucre
• 1cs de pétales de rose séchés et réduits en poudre

1. Mettre les fraises dans un saladier avec les feuilles de menthe.
2. Dans une petite casserole, mettre l’eau, l’eau de rose, le sucre et la rose séchée. Porter à ébullition. Réduire le feu et laisser frémir pendant 15-20min, jusqu’à ce que le liquide devienne sirupeux.
3. Verser sur les fraises. Laisser refroidir avant de mettre au frais pour quelques heures avant de déguster.

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