In Europe, strawberry season started a few weeks ago! My French Cook fancies this fruit so much that she couldn't wait to come up with new ideas for colorful and tasty desserts. Strawberries are a healthy treat, whether they are served plain or with brown sugar, with cottage cheese or a creamy curd, or even with a drizzle of lemon juice. One piece of advice she gives to cooks-to-be: try to get organic strawberries, the regular ones are often loaded with pesticides and other chemicals.
When my wife has some time, she enjoys preparing a flavorful curd which she then uses to dress up verrines for the dessert. Verrines have been quite trendy here in Europe: they can be easily prepared, and you can come up with a creative and tasty set-up to impress your guests. Here the dessert was prepared for adult guests: the Cook used crème de cassis, a bit like Bailey's, only with blackcurrants. For children, she would have used blackcurrant syrup instead. she added some blueberries and off we go! It's a quick and easy recipe which only needs to be prepared a bit in advance to allow the curd to cool down in the fridge. —cookfromprovence
blackcurrant or other red fruits syrup or cream
blueberries and strawberries
grounded cookies (I used speculoos, a Belgian cookie)