It’s finally (almost, in a few days) officially Summer!! Here in Minnesota, we’re not even sure we’ve had a Spring — And our strawberries are at least three weeks late. But local strawberries have now arrived! I simply had to make a classic Strawberry Shortcake!!
The Food — Strawberry Shortcake:
I really do love Strawberries — Sweet and refreshing. I slice them, add a bit of sugar (so they’ll create their own juice), sometimes add a spoonful of Grand Marnier.
For the Shortcake, I tried a new recipe — Lovely shortcake-biscuits, to which I added bits of chopped white chocolate. The Shortcakes were absolutely, light-as-a-cloud heavenly. I thought they looked like giant macaroons. They were the perfect balance to the Strawberries, and the powdered sugar, and the whipped cream. Ahhhh — Early Summer!
The Pottery — Two Different Plates
My husband and I each chose a different plate — A great way to enjoy our Strawberry Shortcake together.
Plate by Mark Pharis — I chose a plate by Midwest Artist, Mark Pharis. I loved the constructed, angular form with the white, more casual glaze treatment — A sophisticated contrast to the ‘comfort food’ look of the Strawberry Shortcake. It totally says yummy and refreshing! Mark Pharis is Professor, Ceramics, at University of Minnesota. I featured this plate a year ago in a previous post — Link.
Plate from Japan — My husband chose a plate that I acquired in Japan; in the mountain village of Takayama. Made of a light stoneware with surface texture and ‘torn’ corners; the Strawberry Shortcake really stands out against the green oribe-type glaze! Again, yummy and refreshing!
Classic Strawberry Shortcake; happy Summer everyone!!