Strawberries and Cream Video – An unwritten recipe

by on May 3, 2012

Some dishes don’t require a written recipe. Many home cooks we know grew up cooking without the guidance of the written word. Their kitchen lessons and “recipes” were passed down from generation to generation by watching, touching, tasting, testing and cooking from the heart.

Do you know of anyone who cooks like this? We know of many home cooks who have prepared food for us and these were some of the most wonderful meals that we have ever eaten. These dishes were made with so much love and heart.

So, to celebrate and honor those cooks, recipes and kitchen traditions, we made this video. Filming this video reminds us of those simple dishes that only require some thought, patience and a bit of trial and error.

Here is the recipe story we made.

The strawberries in the garden are still plentiful and they were the perfect subjects to film for this strawberries and cream video. With a fresh berries, cream, powdered sugar and vanilla, we treated ourselves to the perfect afternoon snack.

Hopefully by watching this video, you’ll get an understanding of how to make this extremely simple whipped cream. All it takes is some personal touches to make it sweet to your personal taste.

Do you have any favorite dishes that you make or someone makes for you that you really don’t have a recipe for? Would love to hear!

Have a great day!

diane and todd
Watch more of our WORC food video stories here.

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1 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 3, 2012 at 12:43 am

I love whipped cream. And strawberries. Great video. And do I have a favorite dish that I really don’t have a recipe for? Yes, every day. It’s called open up the fridge and pantry and hope I can make something on the fly :)

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2 Blog is the New Black May 3, 2012 at 1:52 am

I LOVE whipped cream and strawberries!

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3 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots May 3, 2012 at 3:22 am

This video was so simple and beautiful. Nothing like some cream and strawberries to put a smile on anyone’s face! :D P.S. I loved when Todd put the whipped cream over his face. So cute! :D

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4 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 3, 2012 at 3:57 am

Such a perfect treat. Makes me feel like I’m a kid again picking and eating strawberries with my Poppa.

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5 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence May 3, 2012 at 5:39 am

Another great video! Captures that feeling of enjoying a sweet afternoon snack.

I have one side dish that comes to mind when I think of food I prepare without a recipe. Surprisingly it’s an Indian dish (not featured on KK)! After spending a great deal of energy prepping ingredients to make curries from scratch (my counter lined with small white bowls filled with aromatics and spices), I usually hit the “whatever” wall when it comes to Indian side dishes. For years, I would just warm up naan and cook some turmeric rice and call it a day. One evening, I had a large container of yogurt at hand and a fresh cucumber. I vaguely remember seeing a tv host preparing a raita (Nigella maybe). So I started playing around. Yogurt and grated cucumber at first. Then a pinch of cumin. A squeeze of lemon and a squidge of honey. Salt, pepper and chopped cilantro to finish. I spooned a bit out to taste and was like… “whoa.” My dinner guests LOVED it. I remember telling everyone I made it without a recipe! I’ve been making my “last minute” raita ever since :)

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6 Magda May 3, 2012 at 6:36 am

Another beautiful video! The quotes you chose were the best; especially the one by Michael Pollan.

ps Diane, nice manicure :)

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7 White on Rice Couple May 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Magda- lol, thank you! it’s a gel manicure. :)

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8 Bev Weidner May 3, 2012 at 7:12 am

Absolutely gorgeous! I just picked fresh strawberries from my garden this very morning, so I now know what I have to do.

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9 Sini May 3, 2012 at 7:41 am

I simply love your videos. “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream”. Julia <3

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10 EatLiveRun May 3, 2012 at 7:50 am

lovely video! you two and sierra make a great team :)

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11 Home Grown Edible Landscapes via Facebook May 3, 2012 at 8:10 am

<3 you guys! Miss your smiles!

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12 Karen Milling May 3, 2012 at 8:10 am

lovely! There is something really wonderful about cooking without a recipe- for me: freedom, confidence and simplicity.

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13 Jennifer May 3, 2012 at 8:25 am

Lovely! I make my mama’s (who passed away when I was 9) chicken and dumplings recipe from scratch and from a memory she and then my daddy passed down to me through the years. It’s a wonderful comfort food, and I think about her every time I make it.

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14 AW May 3, 2012 at 8:46 am

Goodness Gracious you make everything look so divine!!!
Very inspiring!!!

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15 charlotte au chocolat May 3, 2012 at 9:24 am

The video and photos are so gorgeous! I make big salads on the fly pulling ingredients from my fridge and pantry like my mother did when I was growing up. She would begin by scanning her fridge, taking out fresh ingredients, and then looking at what she could add from the shelves of her pantry. She once hosted a big post-wedding brunch for friends, and when unexpected guests just kept arriving (the guest count was supposed to be like 40, and by the end of the afternoon, there must have been 80 people, spilling out into the garden, sitting on the stairs), she took out her biggest bowl, tossed in a bunch of things from the fridge, opened a few cans of tuna, and presented the late-comers with a huge colorful mixed salad! So, after years in the kitchen with her, just hand me a bowl and I can put together a salad!

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16 Living Waters May 3, 2012 at 10:23 am

This must be my favourite winter snack.
Strawberries and cream are just the perfect combination for a (de)light snack and in this video you caught everything so perfectly. I almost wished the video would be longer but then again, minimalism is the key.

Thanks for sharing with us.

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17 LiztheChef May 3, 2012 at 10:29 am

I miss you both – so this was almost as good as a visit…Happy Spring!

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18 Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas May 3, 2012 at 11:19 am

All your videos are so incredibly beautiful!!!

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19 Marina@Picnic at Marina May 3, 2012 at 11:58 am

The video is stunning, I wish I watched it in the morning: it really sets a mood for a day (well, the rest what’s left at least). Brilliant!

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20 Melissa May 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Lovely video! There is a pork and tomato dish my mom taught me to make. We have never used a recipe for that one. She learned it from my grandfather. I also never use a recipe for chili. Just put in everything that sounds good and needs to be used up! Same with egg dishes. I love fritattas made with whatever I have in the fridge.

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21 Veronica of Muy Bueno May 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Dreamy and sweet, such a great feel to this video. I can almost smell the strawberries.

I love making mac and cheese on the fly for my kids…especially on a rainy day. It has to have several kinds of cheeses, usually several different types available in my fridge and topped off with bacon. We all fill up our bowls, cuddle up and have a big bowl of love, together. Seconds is always a must.

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22 ilene May 3, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Beautiful video. Thank you for that.

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23 Jamie | My Baking Addiction May 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Absolutely lovely. No matter what mood I am in, your videos instantly bring me a little more joy. Thank you for that.

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24 Mai Nguyen May 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Every since I learnt how easy it was to make whipped cream, I have been making it myself! Those strawberries look scrumptious!

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25 Kate {Something Fabulous} May 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm

This is such a lovely little video! Adorable!

Kate {Something Fabulous}
http://thesomethingfabulous.blogspot.com

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26 Eeria May 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Gorgeous video! Thank you for sharing!

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27 Jen Marie May 3, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Delightful video.

I love to grill sliced zucchini that’s been brushed with olive oil, and sprinkled with fresh pepper and salt. When just cooked, but showing off those fragrant black stripes, I pull them off the grill and lay them on one half a platter, sprinkled with chopped, fresh mint. Next, I slice up some beautiful, fresh buffalo mozzarella and lay it on the other half of the platter, drizzle it all with a bit more olive oil and coarse salt. Finally, I take a loaf of rustic bread, brush the slices with olive oil, grill them until I’ve got some charred edges, take them off the grill, rub ‘em with fresh garlic, drizzle a bit more olive oil on there, lightly sprinkle with salt and fresh pepper on and serve the grilled bread with the platter. It is simply heaven, and absolutely gorgeous. Lately I’ve been thinking of throwing some prosciutto into the mix.

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28 Kim Bee May 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm

The video was beautifully done. I felt like I was right there with you two. I grew up with a strawberry patch in our back yard. My dad was convinced it was futile to grow them here. Little did he know it was because us kids went out while he was at work and ate them every day. He never saw a ripe strawberry. I have to say until I started blogging I never followed or wrote recipes down. It’s been my biggest challenge to overcome. I’m getting better though. All things take time.

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29 Susan in the Boonies May 6, 2012 at 6:15 am

Nice!

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30 nicole @ I am a Honey Bee May 6, 2012 at 6:56 am

stunning video.

I need to look into getting some strawberry plants for our new garden.

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31 Cay May 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Fresh ingredients always taste best!

I think everyone should have a handful of recipes they know by heart. There’s something comforting and rather empowering, knowing I can walk into my kitchen and just make something (assuming I have the ingredients, of course) without much thought or trouble. As much as I love the challenge of new recipes, sometimes the old standbys are best — after all, they reached that coveted recipe status for a reason!

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32 amelia from z tasty life May 21, 2012 at 8:09 am

so serene: the music, the walk in the garden -with dog- to pick berries, the hand whipping of the cream… and of course the eating a simple pleasure. Lovely.

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33 Roberta May 22, 2012 at 2:30 am

Hi Guys
I really loved this video!
Magic atmosphere!
Todd: your simple but poetic gestures litterally hooked me to the screen.
The colours and images are awesome and I particularly liked those teeny tiny details of your kitchenware…

Roberta@thewiseasparagus

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34 heather siems June 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm

You are obviously wonderful photographers but this photo, of these strawberries, is just awesome! For some reason it just really grabbed my attention and it’s amazing! You both do such wonderful work!

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