The perfect summer drink: Refreshing Strawberryade

Oh my goodness, it’s a proper heatwave! So a refreshing, cooling summery drink is the order of the day. This is a variation of homemade zingy lemonade with the addition of strawberries. I reckon this’ll be the perfect non-alcoholic drink for any summer garden party, picnic, barbecue or just cooling off in this heat.

Strawberryade (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, soya-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan)

makes one jug full

  • 200g strawberries
  • 3 lemons
  • 1 lime
  • 90g sugar
  • 800ml just boiled water
– Juice the lemons and lime. Pour into a large jug and add the sugar.

– Pour over the just boiled water and stir to dissolve the sugar.

– Blend or mash the strawberries.

– Add to the lemon mix once it has cooled sightly.

– Chill completely before drinking.

– Wait for the sun to come out, pour a glass and enjoy!

Eton Mess

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There’s nothing more English than strawberries and cream in the Summer, preferably whilst watching Wimbledon or perhaps a game of cricket (although not for me)! It seemed time to roll out my magic egg-free meringue recipe again, and what better way of incorporating strawberries and cream than in the classic Eton mess? Hardly even a recipe, this combination of cream, strawberries and crushed meringue is always a crowd pleaser.

You might think that Eton mess must be out of the question for those who are free-from eggs and dairy, after all it’s mainly cream and meringue! But fear not, this variation is stunningly simple, utterly delicious and friendly to boot. It’s funny because although I’m not strictly dairy-free myself, I have never been able to abide cream which I find too rich and milky, so for me this was always a pudding to avoid. Not any more, with some stunning whipped soya cream I’m a total convert!

Eton Mess (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan) [my egg-free meringues contain soya protein and the cream i used was soya based – however, pea protein is available which also works to good effect and Soyatoo make a good rice based whipping cream)

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serves 4-6

  • 1 recipe of egg-free meringues, mine are rather brown this time as I used unrefined icing sugar
  • 1 carton whipping dairy-free cream, I used Soyatoo
  • 1/2 a punnet of strawberries, pureed
  • 1/2 punnet of strawberries, chopped

– Crush the meringues into large pieces

– Gently fold together all the ingredients

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– Serve in pretty glasses or bowls

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Speedy Soft Set Strawberry Jam

The Wimbledon Tennis Championship is a big thing in the UK, particularly this year with Andy Murray in the final – the first time a Brit has been in the Wimbledon men’s final for a very, very, long time (74 years for any sports statisticians!). I’m not very interested in the sport, but this seems like an important event. Also, seeing as it’s the worst summer ever in the UK, it’s still going to be pouring with rain so family viewing of the final offers the perfect Sunday afternoon activity.

To accompany our tennis viewing we’ll be eating scones and homemade strawberry jam – how very British! To us Brits Wimbledon is tennis, with a dash of rain and some strawberries. So, the inspiration for this recipe is definitely the Wimbledon final…. Come on Andy!

Speedy Soft Set Strawberry Jam (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan)

makes a small jar

  • 200g strawberries
  • 150g granulated sugar
  • juice of 1/2 a lime

– Hull the strawberries and cut into quarters. Place in a saucepan and pulverise with a potato masher.

– Add the sugar and lime juice and stir over a low heat to melt.

– Bring to a rolling boil and cook vigorously for 8 minutes

– Pour into a sterilised jar and leave to cool.

– Keep in the fridge for up to three weeks.