Yesterday I had my first full bowl of strawberries from my little patch. They were lovely, not just because I grew them myself. Of course, that helps, but when you pick them and eat them immediately, they are sweeter and juicier than anything you can buy in the shops.
I love them sprinkled with a little icing sugar and a splash of cream but they are delicious with a bit of our homemade yogurt, too. Here is how I do it:
Remove the green 'caps' from the berries and slice them into a bowl.
Sprinkle over enough icing sugar to make the juice sweet and syrupy. Add a drop or two of good vanilla - let them sit for a minute or two to macerate.
Spoon into serving bowls or pretty stemmed glasses if you feel fancy. Pour over a big dollop of homemade yogurt. Decorate with one perfectly formed berry if you feel really, really creative. Usually I am too greedy to decorate and just dive in!
I encourage you to try growing a few strawberry plants. You don't even need a garden, just a sunny spot big enough for a large plant pot. I get a generous crop of berries from my container grown plants.
If you grow your own strawberries, you can decide when it is officially Summer at your house!