When I got my allotment 5 years ago I jokingly said I wanted to “pimp my shed” and have a min cocktail bar in it – nothing fancy just a shelf with a shaker and a few glasses. The nearest I’ve got is taking the freshly picked strawberries home, mixing a cocktail and sitting in the garden supping. It’s like bringing a bit of Havana home from the allotment!
These words were reproduced in the Guardian’s readers recipe swap feature. I only found out a week or so after the publication; what I failed to do was add my blog as a link……. Let’s rewind a little. A busy schedule of work including filming in the Netherlands add to that the busiest time of year on the allotment for planting out – think of all the cucumbers, courgettes, squash, beans, tomatoes (you name it, its been planted!) all of which sees me in rush-rush mode, rushing from one job to the next, not thinking things through clearly and not paying attention to the details!
So as I flail and fail about doing the rush-rush thing, slowly but surely the strawberries grow and ripen…… so its time to unwind a little, catch up on my blog reading intermingled with a splash of world cup footie and some lazing around in the garden.
Reading other recipes like my friend Inger’s of Art of Natural Living I realise my recipe is sugar free – except that of course strawberries come naturally loaded with fructose and are sweet as sweet can be. So if unlike me and you have a sweet tooth, feel free to add a touch of sugar. But whatever you do I hope you get to enjoy the sweet scent of summer with strawberries, a kick of rum and a twist of lime.
Frozen strawberry glut daiquiri
50ml white rum
110g strawberries, hulled
Juice of 1/2 a lime
6-8 ice cubes, depending on how slushy you like your daiquiris
Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blast for a few seconds (warning: it will be noisy as the ice gets bashed!). Process until smooth, then pour into glasses, settle down and sip.