Strawberry season is here and they are available in markets or at u-pick farms. The starwberry flavor is so refreshing to the pallet and you just want more.
2 C sugar
2 C water
2 pounds of fresh strawberries
Cuisinart Yogurt/Ice Cream Machine and Cuisinart 7 or 12 cup food processor. Place Yogurt bowl in freezer 24 hours before making sorbet.
In small pan add water and sugar. Do not stir. Bring to boil and then simmer for 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. This maybe made ahead of time and refrigerated.
Wash, destem, and halve the strawberries.
Add the strawberries to the food processor and puree until smooth.
Add 1 1/2 cups of simple syrup and pulse until combined. Pour into large covered bowl and place into freezer for two to three hours.
Assemble yogurt/ice cream maker and pour strawberry mixture into machine and churn for 15-20 minutes or until stiff.
Remove from maker and serve or place in covered container and freeze until further use.
We use fresh organic strawberries. I have not made sorbet with frozen fruit.
3.5 ounces mache*
1 C strawberries sliced
1/2 C blue berries
1-2 T cilantro leaves
1/2 C crumbled chèvre or soft goat cheese
1/2 C pumpkin seeds salted(sprouted) *
1/2 C olive oil
1/4 C champagne vinegar
2 T lime juice
2 t honey
1 garlic clove minced
2 t jalapeño diced fine *
Salt and pepper to taste
Salad dressing. Add oil, vinegar, juice, and honey to shaker and mix. Add garlic, diced jalapeño pinch of salt and shake till emulsified. Adjust just seasoning to taste.
Salad. Combine mache,strawberries, blue berries, cilantro, chèvre, and pumpkin seeds in large salad bowl. Drizzle on dressing and toss gently. Serve immediately.
* Mache is delicate and lightly sweet–not bitter. The brand I purchase is pre-washed. Mache blends are easier to find than mache rosettes. Spring greens or a baby lettuce leaves would also work.
* Sprouted pumkin seeds are sold at Costco® and are also good as a snack. Non-sprouted seeds can be substituted and are more widely available.
* Add jalapeño to taste. I have used a Serrano when I could not find jalapeños. Skip the peppers if desired and perhaps try fresh cracked black pepper.