Friday, July 8, 2011

Fresh Strawberry Curd & a Dedication

Well in war he was a tiger
When it was over like a dove
He summoned all of his strength in the climb
It suffered all of his strength in the fall

And sometimes when he got into talking

Man he could rattle on and on
He was a good man and now he's gone

He put his trust in a higher power

He held his power like a holy grail
He summoned all of his faith in the lifting
It suffered all of his faith if he failed

His heart was stronger than a heavy metal bullet

And that's why I dedicate this song
He was a good man and now he's gone

I made Fresh Strawberry Curd and I dedicate it to my Nonno Sam.

It's made with fresh strawberries that I picked myself. He would've loved that. He loved food and he loved his garden. He never grew strawberries but he grew plenty of grapes, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, celery, peppers, leeks and herbs.

He would walk his garden everyday and tend to it diligently. He was proud of everything he created, from his homemade wine to the Friulano cheese that he aged himself in his cantina. Most of all he was proud of his grandchildren.

My Nonno Sam passed away peacefully over the weekend. He was the strongest man I've ever known. He lived a difficult but fulfilling life, having survived 6 years serving his country in the war overseas and then immigrating to Canada from Italy to raise four children.

He was also a simple man who wanted nothing more than good company, a healthy family and good food. Nothing made him happier than seeing the faces of his grandchildren and I hope he knows that nothing made me happier than seeing the twinkle in his eyes.

I love you Nonno and I will miss you always.

This strawberry curd is lovely filled into tart shells.

You could fill it into this pie crust and top it with toasted meringue.

It would be a refreshing filling for a summer cake that's covered with whipped cream and topped with fresh berries.

I hope you take advantage of the end of this gorgeous strawberry season and use the last of your berries in this recipe that showcases their freshness so vividly.

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