Strawberry Sundae

National Strawberry Sundae Day is July 7th. This is your opportunity to indulge yourself in this delicious dessert. Strawberries are one of America's favorite fruits. When the strawberries ripen each year, it's time to celebrate. Many communities hold strawberry festivals to celebrate the harvest. At the festivals, strawberries take center stage. They are in the ingredients of hundreds of recipes. After the harvest has come and gone, summer arrives with heat and humidity. This is the perfect time to add sweet, tasty berries to ice cream for a cooling summer treat. STRAWBERRY SUNDAE Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 3/4 cup carton heavy cream 1 tbsp powdered sugar 2 tbsp orange liqueur 8 scoops vanilla ice cream For the strawberry syrup: 3 cups fresh strawberries Juice of lime 2 tbsp sugar 1 tsp arrowroot METHOD Begin by making the syrup: save 8 of the best strawberries, and then halve the remainder and place in a small pan with the lime juice and sugar. Cook for a few minutes until softened and pulpy. Push through a fine sieve and return to the pan. Dissolve the arrowroot in a little water and stir the paste into the strawberry mixture. Gently bring to a boil, stirring until slightly thickened then remove from the heat and allow to cool. Whisk together the heavy cream, powdered sugar and liqueur until it forms soft peaks. Cut the reserved strawberries into halves or quarters. Place 2 scoops of ice cream in 4 sundae glasses and swirl over the cream, scattering in the strawberries as you go. Drizzle over the cooled syrup and serve for a classic. AND FINALLY... "What flavors of ice cream do you have?" inquired the customer. "Vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate," answered the new waitress in a hoarse whisper. Trying to be sympathetic, the customer asked, "Do you have laryngitis?" "No...." replied the new waitress with some effort, "just...erm.... vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate."