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underwhelming strawberries - what should I do with them for dinner party tonight?

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thereistheball Tue 30-Jun-09 11:44:31

I bought some strawberries in the market, and although they smell great they taste slightly sour still. Need to serve them tonight. What should I do to them to make them delicious? Don't have an oven.

stillstanding Tue 30-Jun-09 11:45:55

Adding a bit of vanilla sugar should sweeten them up. What are you serving them with? If you made a sort of Etons mess out of them with meringues and cream it might disguise the fact that they are less than juicy!

PandaG Tue 30-Jun-09 11:46:14

buy meringues. whip cream. crush meringues into chunks

mix all together - Eton Mess. Yum!

kathyis6incheshigh Tue 30-Jun-09 11:46:47

Are they cold? They will taste far better if they have a long time to come to room temp.
I wouldn't worry about sourness, just serve with something sweet.

NorbertDentressangle Tue 30-Jun-09 11:47:31

Oh yes, I was going to suggest Eton Mess too, we had it at the weekend and it was lovely.

We added some raspberries from our garden too.

BillieJeanIsNotMyMother Tue 30-Jun-09 11:55:14

maybe some kind of mousse with lots of sugar

PandaG Tue 30-Jun-09 11:57:30

also could put in a paper bag with a banana? I know that being with a banana ripens other fruit, not sure quite how quickly though?

pagwatch Tue 30-Jun-09 11:59:53

Eton mess. Of course.

whooosh Tue 30-Jun-09 12:02:17

50g golden caster sugar
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
250g strawberries , hulled and halved

In a small saucepan, mix the caster sugar and balsamic vinegar with 2 tbsp water and cook over a medium heat, stirring continuously, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has reduced by half to a sticky syrup (about 5 mins). Cool before pouring over the strawberries and allow to soak for at least 1 hr.

Serve with Ice cream or whipped cream-dead easy to do,fantastic flavour and an be done in advance.

I have just made home made ice cream with ours

150ml double cream
175ml milk
2 large tablespoons of sugar
lemon juice
egg yolk

Mash it all up together and put in the freezer. Stir it every hour if you can remember.

meltedmarsbars Tue 30-Jun-09 13:09:02

In winter I make ice-cream with frozen strawberries I have saved from summer. Semi-thaw them then wizz with cream/yogurt and sugar and a squirt of lemon.

kids love it.

gigglewitch Tue 30-Jun-09 13:15:02

another vote for eton mess grin


thereistheball Tue 30-Jun-09 13:57:50

Thanks everyone! Eton mess would be perfect but I think I will struggle to find whipping cream and meringues in local supermarket (live abroad). Off to have a look - if not it will be the balsamic vinegar option. Thanks again!

BottySpottom Sat 04-Jul-09 21:25:46

Too late now, but black pepper brings out the 'strawberryness' of them

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