Strawberries and Cream

A box of Strawberries

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Buying strawberries fresh from the market

Mindful of bruises or soft mushy spots

Firm, ripe red berries are my shopping agenda

Feeling lucky they’re on sale today

Two cartons brought home free of blemishes

Finishing dinner I look to the task

Of preparing those berries for a fruitful dessert

Emptying them gently in the blue colander

I thoroughly rinse the plump, seeded fruit

Turning them lightly under a stream of clear water

Cleaned to satisfaction, my paring knife ready

I trim inedible stems and leaves from their tops

All different sizes are in with this bunch

Tiny ones are left whole but most need to be quartered

A clear round bowl is their resting place

As I sprinkle a bit of sugar to bring out their taste

Placed in the fridge a while, I allow them to “baste”

Soon they are ready and I get down a bowl

I spoon out a portion and top with whipped cream

The flavor is exquisite, eyes roll back in my head

Strawberries and cream–a truly heavenly dream

My entry for Monday Morning Writing Prompt:  Writing the Mundane

I actually did this last night.  Yum!

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  1. YES … YUM …. my mouth was watering as I was reading. I was thinking about the ones I purchased yesterday and have yet to dive into. It looks like they will be tickling my taste buds tonight …!!!!

    Very nice description on a “Mundane” but rewarding chore.



    • Looks like we’re on the same wavelength again, Izzy! Love those strawberries–enjoy yours tonight.

      Thanks for enjoying…

      Gayle xoxo


  2. Tino

     /  June 13, 2011

    Brings back memories of pick your own. It was commonplace in England to go to fruit farms and pick your own fruit. The beauty of that was that we could eat more than we picked, all for nothing. I am sure if they weighed me in and out, they would have charged me twice!

    Thanks for bringing back some cherised memories with this piece. Heavenly indeed.


    • I used to go to U-pick fields when I lived in south Florida–a wonderful way to get your produce. Like you, I would sample some as I went along–fun.

      So happy it brought some nice memories back for you.


  3. jgavinallan

     /  June 13, 2011


    Yummy…love this…lol
    love strawberries


  4. Yum is right. This made me salivate. I love summer for its abundance of good fruit. Thanks for sharing, Gayle.


  5. Me too–summer fruit is the best.

    You’re welcome. xoxo


  6. Yum! I was right there with you. Tempted now to pop across the way to Whole Foods. Strawberries on sale there now too.

    My mom always liked them with sour cream. (sugar too!)

    I love kitchen poems. Enjoyed this much. Thanks, Gayle.


    • Go ahead–give into temptation! I’ve never had them with sour cream but I can see how that would be similar to having them with yogurt (with sugar too!)

      Happy you enjoyed–xoxo


  7. yummy. wish i could go there and have some.


    • I wish you could too, Trisha!

      I sure do miss you…


      • apparently i am back for the time being. sorted out my priorities and am acting according to my plans for the time being. 🙂


        • OK … : )


          • where are you??????????????


          • Playing catch-up today. Out all day into the evening with my mother who needed help getting to the doctor yesterday. More doctor’s visits coming up and possible surgery for her. 😦


          • is she alright or some problem popped up again. poor lady. 😦

            take care of both- you and auntie.


          • Trisha, her doctor said she has a “mass” on her thyroid and that her thyroid gland is no longer functioning and probably will need to be removed. After her extensive abdominal surgery a few years back, my mother is not looking forward to another hospital stay. The doctor told her there is no comparison between the two surgeries and not to be disturbed by it.

            So she has an appointment with a specialist coming up and we’ll see what is recommended.

            Thanks for asking. I’m doing my best to take care of both of us! 🙂


  8. Not even one to taste; I hope you enjoyed your strawberries and creams. I just take my Pavlovian drool elsewhere. Hmpf


  9. Oh but to have wings! lol


  10. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…
    I rarely pay much attention to the pics on poem blogs…but that is one mouth-watering photo there…


  11. Not fond of strawberries, but loved the way you made every step exciting. The Food Network is calling. 🙂

    Have a nice weekend. 🙂


    • Well, thanks so much, Apollorose! I’m afraid I wouldn’t be much help to The Food Network though. : )

      I hope your weekend is a good one too!


  12. Oh Gosh, reading this made me HUNGRY! I love strawberries – fresh are definitely the best! I like that you used a red font for this, too. What a nicely detailed description! Mmm, I’ll have to put those on my list, too, now, after reading this!


  13. I am on to blueberries now. They were on sale at Whole Foods. $1.99 a pint. Ha!

    Anyway, really want to say that I am glad you and yours are not in the path of the fire. Keep safe.


    • Oh, that is a good deal for blueberries–I should pop over to Whole Foods then…

      We all are safe here but some of my relatives in New Mexico have fires swirling around them too–it’s really a bit scary! It makes you nervous when you can smell smoke in the air…

      Thanks for thinking of our welfare here, Jamie–very kind of you. xoxo



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