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Freshly Picked Strawberries

It's a beautiful summer's day in Wellington, and we thought : well - let's go see what's fresh at Penreys PYO fruit and veggie place in Otaki.

It's an hour or so's drive, but it's a pleasant trip up along the coast through Paraparamu.

We arrived in the middle of the afternoon heat, and discovered that unfortunately It's a bit early in the season, so we had to make-do with just fresh strawberries.  However, when fresh hand picked Strawberries are the consolation prize, there really isn't much to complain about.  The girl explained that there will be chillies, apples, tomatoes and other stuff towards the end of February.  We'll be back...

But in the meantime...
Oh my : beautiful wee red lumps of sweet, juicy deliciousness.

Oh my!

So, apart from eating them 'straight', what does one to with fresh berries? There's the obvious answers jam, strawberry cake, pavlova.  What else? I think Pavlova gets my vote but I'd like to try something unusual.  Jacqui found a recipe for little single-serving triffles that sound good, but lets see.  We have quite a large bounty...


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