WHB #93: Strawberry and Champagne Soup

The weather in England this year has been miserable. You’ve probably heard me speaking about this before, but much of England has been hit by large scale floods. One effect of this (but by far not the largest) is the destruction of many field crops including my beloved Strawberries.

Picking Strawberries

Still, me and my Wife (pictured) headed out the weekend before last (I know, I’m slow lately) to pick what could be left of the strawberries. The usual banter with the attendant at the “Pick Your Own” field followed. I was assured that all the strawberries are ok, and the “best” ones were down the far end of the field. So, full of hope, we spent the next hour picking some delicious looking fruit in the rain.

An couple of hours later and I’m sitting at home ready to munch a few. They smell strange. An odd, musty smell, similar to fermenting beer. I try washing them, and it won’t help. My strawberries were beyond help! 🙁

Still here’s a quick and easy recipe should you be lucky enough to have a surplus left over from your own pickings.

This is also my entry for Weekend Herb Blogging, which is being held over at Anna’s Cool Finds this week.

Strawberry and Champagne Soup Recipe – Ingredients

  • 75g Strawberries
  • 50g Icing Sugar
  • 125ml Champagne
  • 50ml Single Cream
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon

Strawberry and Champagne Soup Recipe – Method

  1. This one’s easy. First, slowly sift the icing sugar into the cream while mixing together.
  2. Combine strawberries, champagne, and lemon juice in a blender / food processor, and purée until smooth.
  3. Pour into a bowl, drizzle in the cream and mix around very gently (create nice swirly patterns!)
  4. Garnish with a sprig of mint and you’re done. Enjoy!