Sunday, 20 July 2008

Gooseberry Fool

We've got a bit of a problem at the moment. Our shower has no hot water. Not sure why the rest of the house can have hot water but not the shower but there it is. And while I am happy (well, not happy, but resigned) to have baths to wash myself, I can't wash my hair in the bath. Jugs of water never rinse cleanly enough and I always have a faint fear that I will end up with my hair stuck down the drain requiring the help of the firebrigade to get free.

Which explains why I was walking down the high street with nicely shampooed and blowdried hair yesterday.

And what I saw made me pause. Punnets of red dessert gooseberries for 85p each (they were small punnets). So my thoughts turned to the most traditional of puddings, the gooseberry fool.

Instead of going with the totally traditional cream version, I decided to follow Delia's lead and go with a yoghurt base. I diverged a tiny bit from her method, and just bashed them up with a fork a bit instead of putting them in the blender, and I followed Great Queen Street's idea of adding a little rosewater. A couple of crunchy butterscotch shortbread biscuits and Bob's your uncle. Very nice, very British, very summery.

8 comments:

Heather said...

Those gooseberries are bee-you-tee-ful! We grow nice ones here, but those are stunning. I love summertime fruit desserts. :D

Heather said...

Also, I bet your hair was damn sexah after the blowout.

Foodycat said...

Yeah, the hair is fab. Wanton flicky bits at the ends.

The Cat's Mother said...

I have never seen red gooseberries before. How gorgeous. Are they as tart as green ones?

Foodycat said...

No - quite a bit sweeter. And the fool ends up a much more attractive colour!

mscrankypants said...

I've never seen red gooseberries either. They and the biscuits look just gorgeous.

And thanks for the link to Delia -- I can't believe I've never seen her site!

Dhanggit said...

i just bought some red gooseberries from the market this morning thanks for giving me idea of what to do with them :-)

Foodycat said...

Cranky - the biscuits were bought from the local convenience store! They were delicious. I also can't believe you hadn't encountered Delia's website before. It's great - especially when I don't want to write recipes out for people...

Hope you liked your gooseberries, Dhanggit!

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