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Saturday, 7 July 2012

Wimbledon Food

Why yes! Strawberries and Cream, of course!
It’s a Wimbledon tradition, right up there with a white-only dress code, Royal patronage and, well, rain.

And by the likes of it, we’re going to have all of the above for tomorrow’s Wimbledon Final. So, quite naturally, in keeping with tradition and because we always like to do things properly and with the requisite British etiquette – we must have the Strawberries and Cream now, mustn’t we?

Of course, what makes this year extra special is that Andy Murray will play tomorrow – the first British man in 74 years to have a shot at winning this, the most prestigious of prestigious Titles. Murray will play Swiss legend, Roger Federer, who has won 16 Grand Slams and 6 Wimbledon titles so far, and it’s bound to be a tension-filled, action-packed, nail-biting whopper of a match.

Truth be told, I never imagined I’d feel strongly about a face-off between this duo – I’m a Nadal fan and lot of my interest in this year's tennis waned when poor Rafa lost. That being said, rather to my own amazement, I’m feeling the faint strains of Nationalistic pride tugging at my heartstrings, and I find myself uncharacteristically emotional about the whole shebang. It’s been a big year for Britain – The Queen’s Jubilee, host to the 2012 Olympics and a Briton competing for Wimbledon for the first time since 1936.

So, here’s to Wimbledon, coming home to Britain.
Go, Andy Murray!

And while you, I, and the world, sit glued in front of our televisions, watching what’s promising to be one of the most exciting, riveting and exhilarating games yet, here’s a little treat that’ll hopefully stop you from biting your nails and instead, get you digging into something much, much tastier.

This is Strawberries & Cream.
Strawberries - scarlet and sweet, the most English of juicy fruit.
And cream. Which is, well, just cream. And if I have to wax eloquent about cream, then I think it's about time you started to enjoy the many simple pleasures of life...

So I'm putting these two made-for-each-other goodies together, because together's how they deserve to be, but I'm adding my own crispier, crunchier take on the basic British Classic. Because…well...simply because, I like crispy and crunchy things :-)

So, here’s what you need:

For the crisp crumble topping…(Do the topping first or the strawberries will start to bleed and get soggy while they wait)

- 300g plain flour
- 175g  brown sugar
- 200g unsalted butter

Here’s how you do it:

Preheat the oven to 180C

Mix together the flour and sugar. Now, cube the butter and rub it in batches into the flour mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until the crumble is crisp and golden.

For the Strawberries & Cream:

Here’s what you need:

- 2 tbsp icing sugar
- Juice of one orange
- 2 punnets of strawberries, hulled and quartered
- 150ml double cream

Here’s how you do it:

Place the icing sugar in a bowl and pour in the orange juice, stirring as you go. Add the chopped strawberries, mix well and leave to chill in the fridge for about half an hour.
Just before you are ready to serve, whip the cream until thick, then pour over the strawberries. Spoon the browned crumble over the strawberries & cream - and that’s all folks!

Game, Set, Match!

And regardless of who wins there, you know who the real winner is, don’t you?


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