14 June 2006
Minding my Ps and Qs
Who would have thought such lovely strawberries could cause so much consternation?
All I wanted to do is find something special to do with these favoured berries. Not fancy, just something nice. Normally I buy them and I eat them...preferably with vanilla whipped cream...or with yoghurt.
I found the recipe--it was simple enough and let's just say it was from a well-known source. It was in English and it didn't need any equipment I didn't already have. But I was scratching my head.
It called for a quart of strawberries.
Not so many ounces of strawberries. Not so many grams of strawberries.
A quart of strawberries.
As someone who prefers to mind her Ps and Qs with the dear Arthur Guinness, I thought a quart was a liquid measurement.
I asked some of my colleagues--I was told a quart was two pints.
Well, that didn't help.
Eventually I was told to get two small punnets of berries.
*That* I understood.
I found two punnets and weighed them out...450 grams (approximately). Does that sound right? I don't know. I eyeballed the berries. I bought them. They are in my fridge waiting to be used...I wonder if I can stop myself from nibbling on one or two...or three or four...
Maybe I should buy some more...just in case...