Friday night called for desert. A subtle and beautiful offering of strawberries drizzled with a cream infused with unique flavors from the garden and the Gods. Can you imagine honey and basil in cream, with a hint of vanilla? This is a creation from InterCourses. Strawberries have been considered an aphrodisiac since the time of the ancient Romans. It was believed that the large number of their tiny seeds symbolized fertility. It is the crimson sign of Venus, the planet that rules over love. It’s petite heart shape exudes romance and perfectly fits into the palm of a hand as an edible treat of love.
It’s very simple to make. I started by pouring one cup of heavy cream in a sauce pan over medium heat. I then added in one tablespoon of honey and brought the mixture to boil. I tore up half a cup of fresh basil leaves and added that to the mixture. I brought down the heat to medium and cooked for about 20 minutes, until the mixture was thick and somewhat brown. Then I added half a teaspoon of vanilla and mixed well. The recipe calls for the mixture to be strained through a sieve, but I thought the bits of green basil was aesthetically pleasing to this desert and skipped this step. Then I took fresh strawberries, which I sliced in half and hulled and removed the stems.
This is the fun part….I have beautiful red crystal wine glasses, which were a wedding present, that would serve this sexy desert beautifully. I placed a handful of strawberries in each glass and poured the warm aromatic honeyed cream on top.
Your significant other will absolutes devour the honeyed cream. One thing I have to mention is that strawberries are not really in season right now and I didn’t have the sweetest bunch. So, my strawberries really could not do justice to this indulgent creamy concoction. Nevertheless, the hubby did enjoy this burst of fresh flavors that had not been eaten together in the past.
I think this beautiful dish will also make a superb breakfast in bed. Any fruit lover will enjoy fresh strawberries and cream in the morning, especially in bed, but this specially infused cream will simply leave you breathless. No worries, this pretty breakfast will energize you just as well for a morning frolic in bed. Strawberries can aid in boosting a lackluster libido by providing essential vitamins and minerals needed to supply energy and keep the fires burning. The sensual fruit contains more vitamin C than any other berry and a good amount of potassium, folic acid and some iron and fiber.