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We were supposed to have a strawberry daiquiri party on Friday, which got canned as more and more friends got spooked by their offices closing for Coronavirus. My husband’s asthma only compounded our worries. 

Coronavirus was actually the second challenge in the party planning. The first had been spotting that to make good strawberry daiquiris for 20 people A LOT of strawberry was required. 

We settled on 6.5kg of strawberries, sourced from Lidl and Aldi in two trips, both of which made us look like we had confused strawberries and rum for toilet rolls and antiseptic hand gel and were stockpiling. I felt as guilty as if I was stockpiling. People gave us furtive hurt looks behind the scarves wrapped around their faces and eyed up the remaining strawberries as if they should take them because there was something they didn’t know about strawberries… 

(Top tip, the cheaper combos were the sweeter strawberries.)

So this cancellation left us the challenge of what to do with 6kg of strawberries.

Instant pot and strawberries
Daiquiri ingrediants

Obviously solution number one was daiquiri. The only catch is, I am pretty sure that alcohol and fruit on an all inclusive holiday recently was the source of a stomach ulcer. So we made a jam jars full and shared them with our neighbours, limited only by jam jars. This move seemed…. popular.

Solution number 2 was a 2l Pyrex dish filled with rum to preserve strawberries. No idea what’s going to happen with them next, but it makes me feel kind of safe… the rum strawberries gently bleaching in a dark corner of the house, waiting to provide a treat one day

Then there’s strawberry cake (to be cooked tomorrow) and strawberry breakfast smoothies, and strawberries in oats. The thing about strawberries is they are the kind of thing that you think could make you ill if you had too much of. Unfortunately you see that white bowl, in the pic, the big one? Yep, that’s still left and the best I can think of is the freezer. 

The ice will be sacrificed and forcibly turned into water.

With my husband’s underlying health conditions, we will be staying under the radar for the coming um… year..? So I anticipate updating the blog with our survival techniques for the social isolation. Watch this space.

PS – is there anyone else out there who is debating the meaning of the new guidance to self isolate in the case of a ‘continuous’ cough? There is no googleable definition of continuous. 

PPS – Of course you will need to buy more books in case of self isolation or other restrictions. I recommend my debut novel ‘Helen and The Grandbees’ PreOrder here;