Adventures in Eating & Cooking
Summers of saving strawberries. Or rather, Dad would buy a ton of strawberries on sale and save them for little me. The thing is, usually sale strawberries do not last. As fleeting as summer herself, the strawberry shelf-life was rather evanescent.
To make the strawberries last a bit longer, Mom would slice them up and soak them in honey. It usually took ~2 days for the honey to melt into the strawberries, creating the sweet strawberry-hearts of summer.
Recently I realized that one can squeeze these hearts into a little jar for safe-keeping (to eat after a long day). Because let’s face it, we all have pretty exhausting days half the time. Sometimes, it’s good to take a step back to reflect on all the things we take for granted – family, friends, health. I know this is super-cliche and overused, but it’s surprising how quickly people (including myself) can forget and “put on the back-burner” all of these wonderful things that they already have.
So rather than “collecting hearts to tear love apart“, I encourage you to collect hearts to remember the love that you have. Whether this is love for a friend/family member/significant other/pet, for a dream/cause/idea, or for yourself (by this I mean confidence without arrogance).
Anyways, it is late and I’m rambling way too much about random crap. With this, I bid you good night and leave you with my parents’ quick & simple recipe:
Jar of Hearts:
– 1 plastic box of strawberries (like Driscoll’s or something from the supermarket when it’s 2 for $1.99)
– 1 bucket load of honey
– 1 cute jar
Squeeze honey into the jar to cover the base completely. Then wash and slice up strawberries into little hearts. Toss a few in, drizzle with honey. Toss some more in, drizzle with honey. Rinse & repeat.