Summer and strawberries go hand in hand. So far it has been an exceptionally dry summer, plants are quite dry and berries minuscule. I didn't want to mock about with what little I had, so I opted for a variation on Eton Mess.
300g strawberries, quartered
200ml double cream
200g sweetened curd cheese paste
icing sugar, to taste
about 60g crisp meringues
First make a syrup to macerate the strawberries. Heat the water with sugar, vanilla and a few cracked black peppercorns. Pour over strawberries and let stand until you prepare the cream but not less than 20 minutes.
Whip cream to soft peaks and fold into the curd cheese paste.
When ready, drain the strawberries and layer into glasses with the cream and crushed meringues. Serve right away.