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Fraise à la Algérienne | Strawberries Algerian Style



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One of the key things to living a *blissful* life as an immigrant/expat is, I think is to take advantage of the best of the country and gently filtering out the negatives. I've discovered so many delightful things here in Algeria take for example: STRAWBERRY SEASON!

From late Februrary to the peak of early July the "Queen of all fruits" the strawberry is ripe, delicious and in season here in Algeria. They're really the sweetest and juiciest I'ver tasted in my life. I remember enjoying a very brief crop of mini strawberries from my grandmother's garden as a child. Picking off the few little fruits that grew and eating them. But later on, living in the US I wasn't really impressed or excited about the watery, tasteless strawberries to be found in the supermarkets. But the Algerian strawberry really made me rethink this little fruit. And I've been really and truly enjoying them ever since. And you know sometimes enjoying these seasonal delights is one of the best joys of living in Algeria.



My husband introduced me to a simple preparation, way of enjoying strawberries: combing the essence of orange blossom water and strawberries. It instantly took me straight into a floating-on-a-cloud dream-like trance! WOOOOAW! The orange blossom water really gives a beautiful twist even to unexciting underrripe watery supermarket produce. You could amplify the flavor by tossing the fruit in sugar or little honey. It’s as easy as that!
I’m so delighted to share this simple little un-recipe with you all!
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Strawberries - Algerian Style

 orange blossom water delightfully brings out the fruitiness of ripe seasonal straberries

YIELD: serves 4-6
ACTIVE PREP TIME: 10-15 mins 
INACTIVE PREP TIME:10mins
COOK TIME: 0 mins





knife, cutting board, mixing bowl, serving glasses SPOON, 

۞ = SUBSTITUTIONS


  • 500g - 1 lb ripe seasonal strawberries, hulled
  • honey or coconut sugar (or granulated sugar ), to taste
  • ½ tsp orange blossom water (maz'har)
  • fresh chopped mint leaves (optional)
  • chantilly cream (optional)

    METHOD  

    HULL and cut the strawberries into bite-size pieces.  Mix everything together in a mixing bowl.

    ALLOW the flavors to meld together for least 10 minutes. 

    Spoon into servings glasses and optionally garnish with fresh mint or even a dopple of chantilly cream.


    Storage
    This fruit compote is best prepared and eaten fresh. If you are using it for a picnic or school /work lunch add a ¼ tsp lemon juice to keep the strawberry fresh. 

    Variation
    You can add some lemon or orange zest here to brighten the flavors up even more. Or optionally slightly cook the strawberries for about 5 minutes to have a fruit topping for pancakes, crepes, ice cream and puddings.

    Instead, of using sugar you can use honey, Stevia or Agave nectar, adding as much as you like for the sweetness desired.

     CATEGORIES:  ALGERIAN SWEET, spring, summer, kid's fav, healthy

    SOURCE:  my hubs

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      5 comments:

      Unknown said...

      I make this all the time when strawberries are in season!

      Unknown said...

      Henia, this is Meriem. I make this all the time when Strawberries are in season! Love it!

      Lastensilmin blogi said...

      I love Algerian strawberries too! This recipe sounds really nice! I`m also in same opinion, that in two-cultural marriage you can take advantages from both countries and leave disadvantages from them both! I`m also married with an Algerian husband and we have four children. We`re just now in Algeria.

      (www.lastensilmin.com)

      UmmHamza Asmaa said...

      I love how simple this recipe is, I never thought to use orange blossom with strawberry before. JazakAllah khair.
      Wa Alaykum as-salaam

      raini said...

      salamualaikum sister nice to know you.

      i'm indonesian my husband algerian we live in jijel now, what city you live on?

      i have strawberries in my fridge, i used to make this recipes but my style is mix with orange pieces, blood orange, banana, dates, apricot any kind fruit in the seaason or on my table =) i don't use orange or rose blossom (people here used to use rose blossom) just add generous sugar. next time i will try use orange blossom and mint leave incha allah.

      salam =)

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