You gotta love Canadians. In what other country do people head outdoors wearing short-shorts and flip-flops, with their lily-white legs exposed for all the world to see, the moment the mercury rises above 12 ºC? Spring fever is raging here in Western Canada as we enjoy unseasonably warm weather and plenty of sunshine. Although I haven’t pulled out my summer wardrobe just yet, I have been thinking a lot about two of my favourite hot weather pleasures – fresh fruit and frozen treats. It’s still early for strawberries (very early) but my corner market has stacks of them on display. Priced at two pounds for $5.00, I couldn’t resist.
Strawberries picked this early in the season are going to need a little extra love. Adding sugar will enhance their flavour, as will lemon juice, and a bit of vanilla.
It’s a good idea to pull ice cream or sherbet from the freezer 10-15 minutes before serving. Coldness suppresses sweetness, so that slight rise in temperature can go a long way towards maximizing flavour.
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