This is what we have been up to for the last few months. It started out in November when the Strawberry season was just beginning and we are now gloves-covered-elbows-deep in making these babies.
Meet the Rogues' Gallery of this season. The best, the juiciest, the nicest that this year has to offer.
Strawberries & Lavender
This was one of the big favourites last Season. We expected this to be a hit with the monocle-wearing, Rooibos-tea-drinking Woosters of the world. But turned out that kids loved it. Ours did. Everyone we know used this as a bribe for kids to get their homework done, clean their rooms, or just stay out of sight. Seriously, who knew? Lavender? But there it is. Parent-tested. Kid-approved.
Strawberries & Nothing
This is the one that started Season Two. Last Season, we made a list of jams we wanted to make but never got around to. Strawberries & Nothing was on top of this list. So this Season, we made that first. Then, we compared it to every type of preserve with Strawberries we could find and post a lot of questionable life choices, we arrived at our spreads being the best spreads decisions. It wasn't a tough call. We made them that way.
Figs & Cinnamon
Another favourite with the kids. We will never understand how they fall for the strangest flavours and textures, but there it is. Figs, they won't touch. But add a bit of Cinnamon and boil it with sugar & spice, and hey presto! Behavioural currency. Pavlov's dog-whistle in a bottle. But so much better. And so much less effort. Just get a bottle, pop a spoonful in their plates with a muffin or a chapati, and you have the most obedient kids this side of the Arabian Sea.
Strawberries & Mint
Another one of our Season One's offsprings. But designed for the older kids. Appeals to the sweet-sour side of one's tastebuds. And makes for one hell of a breakfast champion. On toast, in smoothies, with your morning oats or cereal, and in pretty much everything we could possibly conceive of, and much that we possibly cannot. Try it. You'll agree.