Holding onto the summer by a strawberry…

Coco Blanc at Les Halles Market in Avignon

In our modern age of unlimited variety and choice, a stroll around the supermarket allows us to buy whatever we want, whenever we want. Peaches in the winter? Sure! Butternut squash and brussel sprouts in the summer? No problem! Even though choice is convenient, it’s nice to be encouraged by the seasonality, to use different ingredients and like a wardrobe switch from light and airy to warm and comforting. ┬áHong Kong local supermarkets (not the City Super variety) do tend to follow seasonal availability to a certain extent – I for one am waiting with eager anticipation for Wellcome to start stocking pomegranates again!

But yesterday, after a typhoon and with the air starting to get cooler, I wanted to fool myself that it was still summer. I stepped into my local Wellcome to buy punnets of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries for a summer berry meringue, but there were no raspberries or blueberries anymore! Alas, there’s no denying it – this signals the end of the summer, and the start of pumpkin soups and beef stews. Continue reading