NEIL'S RECIPES: STRAWBERRIES, CREAM, MERINGUE AND BRAMBLE VINEGAR

by Cafe St Honoré in


Strawberries and cream is a classic. This dish is a bit like an Eton Mess but made different with the addition of bramble vinegar. It has a wonderful fresh sweetness which brings out the taste of the strawberries, in fact I use it with a lot of fruit. I get mine from Summer Harvest but you can make your own. It’s not a vinegar to put on your chips – it has a very light, almost drinkably sweet, sharp taste. Try it. 

Image: Paul Johnston, Copper Mango

Image: Paul Johnston, Copper Mango

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 punnet of local, new-season strawberries, husks removed, washed and at room temperature

150ml double cream, lightly whipped

A handful of mini meringues – shop-bought is fine

A few tablespoons of bramble-infused vinegar, I like Summer Harvest

Icing sugar for dusting

A few sweet cicely leaves

METHOD

Arrange the strawberries in a bowl, with the mini meringues dotted around then pipe the cream on top. Drizzle the vinegar over the top and add a dusting of icing sugar and a few leaves of sweet cicely.