The very first bright red strawberries have made their way home. Strawberries are a modestly delicious fruit; the kind that lend themselves to sweet family gatherings rather than to complicated cheffy creations. I cannot help but love these berries for what they symbolize.
I have favorite ways to bring them to the table, none of which I would really call worthy of the name recipe. One of them is Italian in origin — the country I grew up in — the country that drives my creativity.
Imagine summer in southern Italy somewhere outside the rowdy city streets of Naples
Put yourself under the shade of an umbrella, seated at a table close to a busy family kitchen
Envision a terrace filled with huge terracotta pots of brilliantly blooming red geraniums
Amidst vivid conversation on a warm August evening, a chilled porcelain bowl is brought to the table
Floating in red wine are freshly cut strawberries that go by the name “fragole al vino”
This summery Italian dessert is a breeze to prepare. Wash a bunch of bright red strawberries and tip them into a bowl. Squeeze the juice of a half of lemon over the berries and add the faintest sprinkle of sugar. Toss and stir gently. Pour a slightly chilled red wine to barely cover the fruit just before serving.
I will be sharing more of such narratives.The next one will be Dutch in character.
They’re here ! I mean the luscious red berries in this enamel bowl.