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Homemade strawberry mint lemonade

Strawberry mint lemonade

Homemade lemonade tastes a world apart from store-bought drinks. Make your own strawberry mint lemonade – super simple and delicious, served cold on a summer day.  This recipe makes about four glasses of lemonade. You can adjust the sweetness to suit your taste. A juicer is a great investment, even a manual juicer takes the time and […]

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Strawberry, goats cheese and quinoa salad

Strawberry, goats cheese and quinoa salad

The River Cafe’s suggestion of eating strawberries with balsamic was the first time I’d considered strawberries as anything but a dessert-only affair. Once you overcome the initial shock, it opens up a lot of culinary doors – and many a salad recipe. After all, tomatoes are a fruit, so why not add strawberries to your […]

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Redcurrant and strawberry cheesecake tart

Redcurrant and strawberry cheesecake tart

This is a great dinner party dessert – so easy to make but looks and tastes great! The pastry rolls out beautifully, not something I usually find with such a short pastry. You can omit the cream from the cream cheese mix, it spread perfectly well without it. Serves 6. Preparation time 1 hour, cooking time 15-20 minutes. […]

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Orange shortbread with strawberries

Orange shortbread with sauce melba and strawberries

Combining the raspberry sauce and fresh fruit with the shortbread makes for a delectable summer treat. Thanks to the Cookery Workshop for another great summer recipe. Serves 8 Preheat oven to 160 C. Grease a 23cm loose-bottomed tin with butter and set aside. Put the flour, semolina and orange zest in a bowl and add the […]

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A slice of rhubarb and strawberry pie

Rhubarb and strawberry pie

The sweet strawberries offset the tart rhubarb in this simple recipe, giving a truly delicious summer pie. If your strawberries are particularly sweet, or if you want a sharper pie, add some extra strawberries and reduce the sugar by half. It works just as well with lemon rind as orange. I served it only just […]

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Strawberries and balsamic vinegar

Balsamic vinegar is a surprisingly good partner for strawberries! Dip a strawberry into a shallow bowl of straight balsamic vinegar, or use balsamic in a Strawberry Granita, as suggested by the River Cafe writers. The article also includes a delicious  recipe for raspberries with ricotta. Ensure you use a thick, traditional dipping balsamic to enhance the experience.

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Homemade raspberry jam

Homemade jam

There is nothing to beat homemade jam! It can’t compete with the commercial jams on price but it wins hands down on flavour, texture, and scoring brownie points with friends and family. Traditionally, jam is made in a preserving pan, but making smaller quantities in a large saucepan is just as good. The pan needs […]

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