Sunday 14th April was a very special day, not in the sense that it was anyone’s birthday or anniversary, but special in the way that it attracts a great deal of locals, and no wonder!
Festa Frawli (translated into Strawberry Feast) is literally a feast dedicated to one of everyone’s favourite fruits. During this day long celebration one can find all sorts of things made from strawberries, including ice cream, jams, cakes, and weirdly even sushi! There was also a stall selling candles and bath soaps made from strawberries, which is a refreshing different product from the abundance of food.
My only disappointment is that I could not find the delicious strawberry wine I love.
Delicious strawberry ravioli
I had to try the ravioli with some strawberry sorbet
Strawberry soaps and candles
I love this time of the year, and not just for the weather, the picnics, and the overall happier mood from everyone around me. One of the things I always look forward to are the fresh desserts and fruit that there are around this time. I love to have fresh fruit with dessert, probably because it’s the ultimate way to make myself not feel guilty for having fattening food.
Having bought an abundance of strawberries, this obviously called for some creative preparation. I was always fond of mixing them with fresh cream, blending them into an ice cream or eating them with pancakes. This year I wanted to try something new. As I have just bought a new waffle maker I thought I should give it a try and make waffles with strawberries.
2 cups plain flour
1 cup chocolate chips
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 2/3 cups milk
1/3 cup unsalted butter melted
2 eggs beaten
Mix the dry ingredients together.
Melt butter and leave to cool.
Add milk and butter to the dry mixture.
Pour into the waffle iron, and cook until firm.
These glorious treats ended up being so delicious that I could not resist not having an extra portion. They can be served with fresh strawberries drizzled with maple syrup, honey, or even fresh cream to make it even more special!