Friday, July 3, 2009

Delicious as it is…..
Summer – its time for a few more simple pleasures! I think berry fruits are best grown in British climate and the season runs from early June through to late August. And I can’t hold myself back from buying those gorgeous looking strawberries every week :d. Strawberries don’t keep well for long, so its best to eat them as soon as you can ;). Benefit is that they are low in cals and packed full of Vitamin C.

It was beginning of summer and the Keukenhof was full of blossoms. We were amazed to know that, the then uncultivated land was transformed into a magical colourful world of flowers. Keukenhof was celebrating its 60th birthday this year.
The tulip Garden organizes various events throughout its opening time. The day we visited the tulip garden it was Traditional costume festival. We were lucky to get a glimpse of Old couples dressed in the checks dresses & high pointed bonnet and of course the most famous part of their costume was the wooden shoes (Farmers & bulb growers from centuries wear these shoes, as they are cheap, long lasting and safe working shoes).

After taking the amazing ‘Walk the fame’ (where many tulips have been named after famous people like Aishwarya Ray -the famous Indian film star, Ferrari, Donald Duck etc), Hudson river in flowers, painting exhibitions by famous Dutch artists, animal paddock (where my son was so exited to see all the farm animals in real) we reached the mill.
It was one of the famous attractions in the Spring Garden. The history of the mill goes back to 1892 when it was used as a polder draining-mill. Later on it was handed over to keukenhof. The mill has been a part of keukenhof for 52years.
We enjoyed the traditional Dutch folksongs and dance in front of this mill amid varieties of flowers, lovely spring weather of Netherlands and of course the best-grown strawberries :)!.
Keukenhof strawberries are the best ones that I have tasted till date. I am not sure whether they are grown somewhere around or they are exported…but they were so juicy and vibrant, the cream combo made it looks even more elegant.
My today’s recipe reminded me of those yummy strawberries and hence some memories of our Amsterdam trip also. Last but not the least, we felt that it was a daylong trip posing with the flowers :)! I would like to share few of my pictures taken during our outing along with this week’s recipe– The feeling of color blindness was set in once we walked out of the Garden :d

So here’s another no cook delicious recipe for the week – Special Strawberry Sundae!

Strawberries – 280g (100g for the puree, rest few chopped and few halved)
Caster sugar – 2tbsp
Double cream – 100ml
Vanilla ice cream

  • Whizz 100g of strawberries with caster sugar, push through a fine sieve and discard the seeds.
  • Whip the double cream to soft peaks; fold in 1/3 of strawberry puree until marbled.
    Mix remaining puree with 180g strawberries, chopped.
  • Layer up scoops of vanilla ice cream, the strawberries and the strawberry cream, then top with the halved strawberries.
    That’s it, ready in 10min!

Go on treat yourself with the special strawberry sundae and ciao next week!


  1. Sundae looks too gud..and so the pics..looks you had gud time :-)

  2. ಮನ ತಣಿಸುವ ಹೂಗಳ ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತಿಹ ಹೊಟ್ಟೆ ತಣಿಸುವ ತಿನಿಸು :)

    ಸ್ಟ್ರಾಬೆರ್ರಿ ಗೊತ್ತು, ಮುಂಬಯಿ ಹತ್ತಿರದ ಮಹಾಬಲೇಶ್ವರ ಪಂಚಗಣಿ ಇದರ ಬೆಳೆಗೆ ಪ್ರಸಿದ್ಧ - ಬೆರ್ರಿ ಅಂದ್ರೆ ಯಾವ ಹಣ್ಣು?

  3. Hi Priti,

    Thank you for your note, yeah we had good time :)
    You too have a wonderful collection of recipes!

  4. @ TVS Sir,

    ಮನ ತಣಿಸುವ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆಗೆ ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು ಸರ್ :). ಸ್ತ್ರವ್ಬೇರಿ,ರಸ್ಪ್ಬೇರಿ,ಬ್ಲುಎಬೇರಿ ...ಇವುಗಳಿಗೆ ಬೆರಿ ಅಂತ ಕಾಮನ್ ವರ್ಡ್ ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ.

  5. this is just too mouth watering :)..

  6. Hi Rashmi,
    I just can't resist the strawberry sundae, the one from Barista is my favorite.

  7. Hi Sudheshna,

    Thank you for your comment :). Looks like u r an expert in Bengali cuisine, will try out few of ur veg recipes sometime and let you know :)


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