Sunday, 12 September 2010
Wintry summer fruits
This summer has been an incredibly sad one for us, and that has eventually led to an unintentional blogging break for me over the last couple of weeks. It just stopped feeling right to continue to talk over the frivolity of all things fabric: too surreal and too far removed from what has happened in real life.
I have counted back and realised that it is 17 days since I last posted anything...something of a record for me. So I break the blogging ice with these frozen Scandinavian berries. I think I have blogged about them before, but these ones were the best we'd ever tasted*. We got up early this morning and went fruit picking and then turned the freezer to 'Quick Freeze', laid the berries on a tray lined with non-stick paper and left them to harden. After lunch I heated double cream and chunks of white Milky Bar chocolate over a pan of boiling water for half an hour, until it was piping hot. The sauce is then poured straight over the plates of frozen berries and dusted with icing sugar. The heat of the sauce defrosts the berries by just the right amount and the contrast of hot and cold, sweet and fresh is not to be beaten. We sat around the lunch table hardly talking. It's that kind of food: so good you can barely speak. The recipe comes from The Ivy in London and can be found in their wonderful cookbook.
* Yes, that perhaps means that I think I may have produced a better version of the dish than The Ivy...that's quite a claim, I know. Unfortunately I think it had everything to do with the freshness of the frozen berries and very little to do with my culinary prowess, It is, after all, a stunningly simple dish. I last tasted it there over a decade ago...so there could be memory issues too...I wonder whether it still appears on their menu?
And...thank you so much to the lovelies who noticed my lack of posts and wrote to ask if all was well...I'm so sorry I haven't replied yet - my laptop has been mostly off, but I'm hugely appreciative of your kindness. x