Loading...
Appears the interim director of Uptown Greenville has good knowledge of its operations. So let's look elsewhere, form a...

Strawberry Mess

LyndaBalslev
1 of 2

Lynda Balslev

Loading…

Lynda Balslev

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Sometimes presentation is overrated. Eton Mess is a British dessert that’s an unapologetic mishmash of fruit, cream and crumbled meringues folded together and plunked in a glass or bowl. It’s the kind of mix that appeals to kids and adults alike. While you might call it messy, there’s no denying its swoon-worthy results: a mound of ethereal whipped cream punctuated by crispy bits of sugary meringue and chunks of juicy strawberries.

You can’t go wrong with this recipe. It’s simple and a great way to highlight the season’s fresh berries. While strawberries are a traditional ingredient, you can also add raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. In this recipe, I combine mascarpone cheese with the whipped cream, which adds extra richness and body to the cream and also stabilizes it, so you can assemble the dessert three to four hours before serving. This makes the perfect party dessert for a casual Memorial Day bash.

Strawberry (Eton) Mess

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

1 pound fresh strawberries

3 tablespoons sugar, divided

1 cup heavy cream

8 ounces mascarpone cheese

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

12 (1-inch) meringue buttons, coarsely crumbled

Set aside 3 unblemished strawberries. Hull and quarter the remaining berries; place in a bowl and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Stir to coat and set aside.

Whip the cream and mascarpone in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment until it begins to thicken. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and the vanilla and continue to beat until soft peaks form. Fold the quartered strawberries into the cream and then fold in the meringue buttons with any of the sugary dust.

Gently spoon the mixture into individual serving glasses or small bowls. Cut the reserved strawberries in half lengthwise and arrange on top of the cream as a garnish. Serve immediately, or cover with plastic and refrigerate for up to 4 hours before serving.

Lynda Balslev is the co-author of “Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture” (Gibbs Smith, 2014). Contact her at tastefood@tastefoodblog.com.

Loading…

Humans of Greenville

@HumansofGville

Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.

Look

August 16, 2019

TODAY

Jazz fundraiser

The Churches Outreach Network will present an Evening of Jazz fundraiser from 6:30-9 p.m. today at Yankee Hall Plantation, 3332 Yankee Hall Road. The event, which will celebrate 11 years of service by CON, will include a three-course meal and a live jazz ensemble. Tickets are…

DSC_4731.JPG.JPG

August 14, 2019

Q: I decided to try to use olive oil instead of vegetable oil. Standing in front of the olive oil section I couldn’t figure out what to buy. Can you help? KP, Farmville

A: You share the same dilemma with many of us. On a recent trip to Boston I went into a great market that had an entire…

5cff256e6c8fd.image.jpg

August 11, 2019

Before she graduated from high school, Ghita Harris worked as a medical research assistant in the ECU School of Medicine, an opportunity that would have seemed to have put her on the fast track to becoming a physician. But more than two decades later, her journey has just begun.

The Greenville…

5d4dabb4703dd.image.jpg

August 11, 2019

Over 50 years ago, I had a Swedish girlfriend.

It never turned into anything long-term. But the fact that I met the Swedish girl before I met the girl I ended up marrying clearly introduced several complications into both relationships. And it has produced a tale that my wife Ruthie has never tired…

5cf84491e3f83.image.jpg

August 10, 2019

TODAY

Relay fundraiser

Relay for Life Pitt County will host its annual Purple Ribbon Charity Dinner and Silent Auction from 7-11 p.m. today at The Cotton Barn, 942 Laurie Ellis Road, Winterville. The theme is “Eat, Drink, and be Charitable.” Tickets are $50 each or $75 per couple. Visit…

August 09, 2019

TODAY

Play festival

Magnolia Arts Center, 1703 E. 14th St., will host the annual 10-minute Play Festival performance at 7:30 p.m. today. Tickets are $10. Visit magnoliaartscenter.com.

Music in the Park

Grimesland’s monthly Music in the Park series continues at 6:30 p.m. today at Grimesland…

August 09, 2019

Capsules of movies playing locally. New releases are indicated with an asterisk.

*BRIAN BANKS — The inspirational true story of Brian Banks (Aldis Hodge), an All-American high school football star committed to USC who finds his life upended when he is wrongly convicted of a crime he…

August 07, 2019

In the South, we have a connection to the land and its people. We root ourselves in the soil, nourish ourselves with the fruits and vegetables that grow and use products created from natural elements sold by seasoned craftsman and farmers.

All of these wonderful treasures can be found at a farmers…

5d477f86a47ed.image.jpg

August 07, 2019

Q: My doctor told me to use spices and herbs instead of salt in my food. I looked at the spice section of the store and really didn’t know what to choose. What is your favorite one? FG, Greenville

A: That’s a simple question for me to answer — it is dill. A jar sits on our dining…

5cff256e6c8fd.image.jpg

August 04, 2019

Being part of a group can oftentimes be intimidating and quite honestly scary, so when I was invited to be part of the Interfaith Clergy several years ago, I was excited and unsure at the same time.

I only knew two of the clergy in this group and being that I’m not clergy, I wondered if I…

5d420347bf206.image.jpg
133 stories in Look. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 14
        Next Page»   Last Page»