Back in my day…
You know those cranky old people who insist that fruit was much better back in their day, before it was flown halfway around the world/sprayed with pesticides/grown from bio-engineered seeds? No? Well, now you do.
Belgrade is fully in strawberry season, and it’s amazing. Seriously. Maybe it’s because I haven’t eaten one in 9 months, but these are some of the best strawberries I’ve tasted in a long time. The 1990s sanctions created a lot of strife here, but an odd silver lining is that most farmers couldn’t use pesticides or engineered seeds. The result is strawberries that taste as good as they look.
Anyway, I bought a ton of the fruit to make a strawberry tart, but then I wound up eating most of them. Besides, the recipe called for cornstarch and I have no idea how to get that here. And it’s healthier to eat strawberries whole, right? All this is to say that when my kuma comes tomorrow (YAY!), there will be no strawberry pie upon her arrival. And probably no strawberries left, either. Sorry.