To all my ‘berry’ special someones, these recipes are for you

Published: February 25, 2017

While I was deliberating what to label my Masterchef moment a friend suggested I call it a Chepudding so a Chepudding it is!

I shall start off by highlighting the importance of the strawberry emoticon in my life. For me, hearts are over-rated. So if I have ever used a strawberry on someone – even once – it must mean they have some special significance in my life. I know it’s cheesy, but I’m possessive when it comes to using this particular emoticon.

 

Now when rairi wala (fruit cart) stands are laden with bright red fruit, you know the season for the king of berries has arrived!

Strawberries are by far my favourite fruit. I could eat them all day long and there are so so so (I cannot put enough emphasis on the word so) many ways this fruit can be used. Breakfast, lunch, dinner – it covers everything!

Not only are strawberries juicy and delicious, they’re a bona fide super food. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, they help fight cancer, enhance the elasticity of your skin, fight bad cholesterol, regulate blood pressure, and I could go on and on.

For foodies like myself, who want to lose weight but cannot stop eating – this is your safe antioxidant haven right here. One strawberry contains roughly three calories – so imagine how many one can consume and not worry about gaining weight!

I decided to come up with three quick, easy, and basic recipes to kick-start this season. The key to all three is having a blender and of course strawberries! So here goes:

Healthy Smoothie

Ingredients

Medium ripe banana ­– 1

Strawberries – 3

Low-fat yogurt – ¼ cup

Ice cubes

Cold water – 3 tbsp

Method

1. Chuck everything in a blender.

2. Add a few tablespoons of cold water.

3. Blend until smooth and then top it off with mint or berries. Sit back and chill out with a healthy smoothie.

Strawberry Chepudding

So this next dish came about two years ago. I was home alone, hungry and craving cheesecake. But being extremely lazy, I didn’t want to go out. I assessed my ingredient situation and came up with a dessert, which is a hybrid between a pudding and cheese cake. It’s super yummy and easy to make. It’s the perfect dessert to accompany a meal for when those last minute guests come by. While I was deliberating what to label my Masterchef moment, a friend suggested I call it a Chepudding, so a Chepudding it is!

Ingredients

For the base:

Small packets Candi biscuits – 3

Stick butter – 1 (melted)

Sugar – ½ cup

For the cheesecake layer:

Sugar – ¼ cup

Cream cheese – 250 grams

Heavy cream – 2 cups

For the pudding layer:

Milk – 1 ½ cup

Instant vanilla pudding mix – 1 packet

Strawberry yogurt – 115 grams

Strawberries – 5 or 6 (diced)

Method

1. Preheat the oven. Blend Candi biscuits and melted butter in a chopper and then press the mixture into the bottom of any glass baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool.

2. To make the cheesecake layer: In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, ¼ cup sugar and cream until stiff peaks form.

3. To make the strawberry pudding layer: In another bowl, beat milk, pudding mix, strawberry yogurt and strawberries until combined.

4. Assemble steps two and three any way you like. Top off the dessert with strawberries. You can even use jelly squares here.

Strawberry Ice Cream

For the third dish, I chose strawberry ice cream. Let me add here ice cream is so easy to make and homemade ice cream is clean, healthy and tasty to boot!

Ingredients

Cream – 2 packets

Condensed milk – 1 tin

Strawberries – 8-10 (diced)

A dash of vanilla essence

Method

1. Chuck all ingredients in a blender, and freeze for a minimum of six hours. And yeah that’s about it. See, it’s so easy!

2. Garnish with any topping at all and enjoy.

So if you’re not already a fan of strawberries, now is the time to convert! And I’ll take this moment to dedicate this blog to all my ‘berry’ special someones out there! 

All pictures: Arhama Siddiqa 

Arhama Siddiqa

Arhama Siddiqa

The author is a LUMS and University of Warwick Alumnus and is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI). She calls herself a bibliophile,a dreamer and an avid foodie.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Hamsid

    thank you =)Recommend

  • Hamsid

    home made strawberry jam <3 !
    recipe please!
    haha thank you thank you !
    monkey bread wasnt my invention =p but chepudding yes =pRecommend

  • Hamsid

    try out the ice cream at least ? give the wife a surprise?Recommend

  • Parvez

    After 42 years if I try make an ice cream as a surprise, she’ll look at me smile and say ‘ Now what have you gone and done ? ‘Recommend

  • Hamsid

    haha!Recommend

  • Hamsid

    come on then after 42 years you should !Recommend

  • Hamsid

    woops ! haha and thank you I shall defo look it up and try it as well, home made jams bring up childhood enid blyton book memories !Recommend