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Jun 14

Strawberry Shortcake Day

Strawberry Fields Forever
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"Let me take you down, 'Cause I going to, Strawberry Fields, Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about, Strawberry Fields forever" ~ The Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour

If you have access to less psychedelic strawberries, you can make a favourite American classic recipe, Strawberry Shortcake. The first strawberry shortcake recipe appeared in an English cookbook as early as 1588. And by 1850, strawberry shortcake was a well-known biscuit and fruit dessert served hot with butter and sweetened cream. In the United States, late 19th century strawberry shortcake parties were popular and fashionable celebrations of the summer fruit harvest, especially after the new transcontinental railroad of 1869, allowed the shipment of California strawberries on ice to the rest of the country. Enjoy some strawberries this month on the upcoming full moon on June 17th, the Strawberry Moon, a name universal to just about every Algonquin tribe. The name comes from the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries in northeastern North America.🍓🍓🍓

Named after classic The Beatles song of the same name (from their 1967 Magical Mystery Tour album ), this tartan, designed by Dan Shackelford, was inspired by "making strawberry liqueur today while the old tune 'Strawberry Fields Forever' ran through my mind with memories of the strawberry fields of Oxnard, CA." 

 

Strawberry Field was the name of a Salvation Army children's home close to John Lennon's childhood home in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool, where Lennon and his friends played in the nearby garden. The song, featuring backwards cymbals, cascading Indian harp, guitar solos, timpani, bongos, trumpets and cellos ... and a weird Mellotron opening to a fake drum forward reprise where John's voice could be heard saying "Cranberry sauce" ...  confused critics and fans and heavily influenced the psychedelic music genre.

 

If you have access to less psychedelic strawberries, you can make a favourite American classic recipes, Strawberry Shortcake. 
 

The first strawberry shortcake recipe appeared in an English cookbook as early as 1588. And by 1850, strawberry shortcake was a well-known biscuit and fruit dessert served hot with butter and sweetened cream.

In the United States, late 19th century strawberry shortcake parties were popular and fashionable celebrations of the summer fruit harvest, especially after the new transcontinental railroad in 1869, allowed the shipment of California strawberries on ice to the rest of the country. 

 

It wasn't until 1910 that French pastry chefs replaced the topping with heavy whipped cream, and with the advent of home refrigeration, it became a standard topping.   And though today's shortcakes are usually of the biscuit or sponge-cake variety, original American recipes called for pie crust in rounds or broken-up pieces, a style still popular in the South.

For more on the history of Strawberry Shortcake, click the ripening berries.