Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom - a children's cartoon that Sylvia loves. One fairy character is called Strawberry and was The Ice Queen. She was called Strawberry Ice Cream by other fairies who couldn't get it right. So I did a quick online search for strawberries and fairies. (If you have been following my blog for years you might remember my history posts where I loved finding quirky information about fruit and vegetables.)
- In parts of Bavaria, country folk still practice the annual rite each spring of tying small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to elves. They believe that the elves, are passionately fond of strawberries, will help to produce healthy calves and an abundance of milk in return. From The London Strawberry Festival.
- If you walk into a room or garden and you can smell strawberries but there are no strawberries to be seen, a fairy has been there. Fairies have a very mild strawberry scent. From The Irish Fairy Door Company.
- Bean-Tighe are known as faery housekeepers that watch over children, hearth and even pets. She even helps with household chores! These friendly faeries can be attracted by leaving out their favorite food-strawberries and cream. They are especially drawn to people of Milesian ancestry. From Faery Lore (Ireland)
- I was pleased to see that Cecily Mary Barker who draws those sweet flower fairies has a Strawberry Fairy.
More vegan strawberry recipes from Green Gourmet Giraffe:
- Apricot and strawberry punch
- French toast with baked rhubarb, strawberries and banana
- Rhubarb and strawberry crumble
- Strawberry and passionfruit icy poles
- Strawberry soup
- Strawberry sushi with chocolate sauce
- White chocolate mousse and strawberry parfait
Strawberry chia seed jam
Adapted from Oh She Glows
makes about 2 small pots of jam
500g strawberries (makes 2 cups hulled and chopped)
4 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp chia seeds
Hull strawberries and chop finely. * Mix berries, maple syrup and chia seeds in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil gently and simmer uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes until it is just thickened. It will thicken as it cools. Spoon into jars (or tubs) and cool before eating. It should be ready after 15 minutes in the freezer. It will keep in the fridge for about a week.
*NOTE: I chop them finely so the jam is not so chunky. I have also seen someone who has mashed her berries with a potato masher and I guess you could chop in food processor too.
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