It’s been a bit, er, rainy of late but the weather men are promising more sunshine by the weekend. With that in mind, here’s how to make a classic dessert and a frozen cocktail.
CHEF TONY SAYS: Neither of these are difficult to prepare (you can make the purée and cream in advance and place in the fridge then assemble at the last minute, thereby spending minimal time indoors) and you’ll love this cooling cocktail.
500g/1lb 2oz strawberries, hulls removed
400ml/14fl oz double cream
2 tablespoons of icing sugar
3 ready-made shop bought meringue nests, crushed (if you want to spend time making them be my guest, they’re only going to get crushed)
Sprigs of fresh mint, to garnish
Purée half the strawberries in a blender. Chop the remaining strawberries, reserving four for decoration.
Whip the double cream until stiff peaks form, then fold in the strawberry purée, icing sugar, crushed meringue and the chopped strawberries.
Spoon equal amounts of the mixture into four cold wine glasses. Serve garnished with the remaining strawberries and a sprig of mint.
35ml/1¼fl oz white rum
1 tbsp strawberry liqueur
1 tsp sugar syrup (recipe below – I know you want to get back out in the garden but it’ s only 5 minutes and you can prepare ahead)
20ml/¾fl oz freshly squeezed lime juice
4 fresh strawberries
1 fresh strawberry
Place all of the ingredients into a food processor with a handful of crushed ice and blend until smooth.
Pour into a glass, garnish with a fresh strawberry and serve.
2 parts sugar
1 part water
Bring the water to a boil.
Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water, stirring constantly.
Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat (Note: do not allow the syrup to boil for too long or the syrup will be too thick).
Allow to cool completely and thicken, then bottle.
Next week: Chef Tony goes foraging.
PROPER FOOD FOR PROPER APPETITES
Each week, discover recipes to nourish the soul, all compiled and concocted by Chef Tony, a gastronome with 15 years’ of experience cooking across the North West. Chef Tony has worked in some of the region’s best kitchens, including the award-winning Nutters in Rochdale and The Lowry at Salford Quays.
The Northern Soul Awards 2018
The Northern Soul Awards 2018 took place at the stunning Manchester Cathedral on November 15. Here’s our list of winners, along with the Highly Commended and Special Mentions for each category. Congratulations!
Sign up for Northern Soul newsletter
The Northern Soul Poll
Recent Tweets for @Northern_Soul_
Right Good Mid-Week Read: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis pic.twitter.com/1flzQFEs9A
“every book needs a villain, and I wanted to be a villain in my own story” Northern Soul's Desmond Bullen sees Suede's Brett Anderson at the Manchester Literature Festival. northernsoul.me.uk/review-bre… @suedeHQ @McrLitFest pic.twitter.com/AxoKCgdbRd
"I refuse to believe that anyone was inside Manchester Arena...to see several unchoreographed meetings between performers’ bottoms and the ice." Northern Soul's Fran Yeoman sees a lacklustre Disney on Ice at Manchester Arena. northernsoul.me.uk/review-dis… pic.twitter.com/rPVgPxNYIH
What are you thoughts on black pudding, dubbed by some as Lancashire viagra? Here's some, er food for thought, from The Guardian's archives, written by Northern Soul's Editor Helen Nugent. theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/…