Once at the local farm, we were not disappointed with the rows and rows of raspberries and strawberries waiting to be picked. We split into two groups so B and Sous Chef J went to pick raspberries and I went in search of strawberries. It is great that strawberries are now grown about a metre off the ground in an irrigated bag system. The fruits literally drop off the plants - no grovelling around in mud and straw to locate an unblemished specimen these days!
The haul we had in less than ten minutes of picking was 2.5kg strawberries and a kilo of raspberries. Once home, the challenge was what to do with them. Obviously, some didn't make it home, some were eaten on arrival and we did a 'healthy' chocolate fondue with some more.
For the fondue (a favourite "dish" of Sous Chef J) we used a few pieces of an Aldi Swiss chocolate bar, heated in the fondue and then dipped in a selection of goodies. This time, as well as the berries, we used cashews and walnut pieces for dipping.... but you can use sliced bananas, nectarine pieces, chopped kiwi fruit, marshmallows, dried fruit and so on.
Sadly, Sous Chef J was more keen on eating than taking a picture of the dipping... so here's a shot of the fondue once he'd finished!