It was the ‘we’ in ‘when we have breakfast’ that caught my attention. My son does not usually take it for granted that I will share that meal… and to be fair, given the vile seaweed sludge he calls a smoothie and the birdseed cereal he prefers, that is fine by me. He’d obviously bought something special, but after being disappointed in the ensuing guessing game, but reassured that I wouldn’t be cooking, I had to simply wait and see.

When the shopping was delivered, the mystery resolved itself… There appeared to be a lot of strawberries… a little over two and a half pounds of them. Even with my son’s appetite and my passion for this fruit, this was ambitious.

Was I complaining as I hulled and washed them? No, I was not.

Strawberries are good for you. Low in calories, a fat content that is almost non-existent, packed with more vitamins and minerals than I generally see in a week… I mentally polished my halo. The resulting mound was tempting, though less than half the total volume had been used. Even more so when what I would like not to call greed piled the bowls high. I am not averse to getting all my ‘five a day’ in one mouthwatering hit. In fact, the five looked more like seven, but I could still feel virtuous at this point, seeing them glistening in all their naked scarlet glory.

But we were not just having strawberries; we were having strawberries and cream. Not just any cream, mind you, but Chantilly, a thick double cream slightly sweetened with good vanilla…

My son had done his shopping online. Hence the unexpected size of the strawberry haul. The pot of Chantilly was tiny by comparison. ‘Serves 8’ it said on the carton as I squinted to read the small print… I spooned an eighth of the pot onto the fruit and decided it looked puny… an insignificant and inadequate accompaniment. I allowed aesthetics to rule and dug a little deeper, without…quite… emptying the pot. Maybe it was a misprint… serves 3 would have been more accurate, and an 8 looks like a 3….

A quick calculation decided the calorie content was still surprisingly low… my son’s breakfast normally contains more calories than a woman my age dare consume in a day. This was positively saintly in comparison.

I perched on the bed with my bowl as he delved into his breakfast. We were running out of cream long before the strawberries had significantly diminished. ‘There’s a bit left…’ No more than a spoonful each, of course, but still… I divided the remainder of the cream between the two bowls and we continued our repast as my son commented on the low calorific value…

I, meanwhile, had the left the pot on the windowsill…in sunlight… at eye level. At some point it dawned on me that I had omitted to multiply the nutritional information by the requisite two and a half times to match the volume of the pot…and while my son was still well under his normal breakfast intake, I might just about squeeze in a coffee and a stick of celery for the rest of the day…

Wilful blindness? Had my normally useful mind failed to make that calculation on purpose? Who knows…. Who, in fact cares? I refuse guilt. I have no regrets. I had strawberries and cream for breakfast… and some things shouldn’t be counted, just enjoyed.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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88 Responses to Indulgence

  1. Allie P. says:

    Sounds heavenly, and so very much better than what I had for breakfast this morning

    Liked by 1 person

  2. oshrivastava says:

    Reblogged this on oshriradhekrishnabole and commented:
    Lychee fruit is a beautiful name,


  3. Brought some home yesterday. Strawberry fragrance – can’t help but be lured and lulled ….certainly a breakfast delight.
    (Besides rules are made to be broken, right. Enjoy the remaining summer crimson!)


  4. Sounds delightful! I agree, no guilt allowed 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Ritu says:

    I had baked Camembert and fresh bread for lunch… Naughty by nice!


  6. Mary Smith says:

    Nothing better than strawberries and cream (maybe raspberries and ice cream?) Lovely start to the day.


  7. Great start to the day sue, and why not indeed. We all know a little bit of what you fancy does you good! Especially as you are normally so mindful. I hope you both enjoy a similar breakfast tomorrow morning too!!! 🙂


  8. socialbridge says:

    Now that’s what I call Breakfasting with Son!


  9. Cute post, Sue. Strawberries and cream sounds wonderful and English. We don’t eat cream much in the US (speaking for myself, perhaps) but it sounds yummy – despite the calories 🙂


  10. Susan Scott says:

    Wonderful indulgence Sue, though I would have liked MUCH more cream! Although I ate strawberries neat in my car this morning while driving about and they were delicious, naked.


  11. It’s pretty much difficult to have all the kids on breakfast table. During summer holiday, they sleep late and waking up late, having the hours for themselves to play more and stay up a bit more (except for my 1 1/2 years old boy) and the disadvantage to it is – they do not appear to be on time at our dining table. Unless, when the school starts that is when they are all on the schedule and have their full discipline. 🙂

    Oh, love strawberries! Yummy! 🙂


    • Sue Vincent says:

      As my sons are grown and have homes of their own, it is rare now that we all eat togethr.

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      • Yes, true. When they were small, we all sit at the table often because they’re learning their pattern of discipline and routine and they know their schedule very well enough.

        Now, since a few of them are older, they seem to be quite rare spending much time at home like they used too. They are ALMOST everyday out there with their friends (esp when the weather is nice) but then I do really encourage my kids to go out there often enough and being active.

        But gladly that during dinner is the time when they are really present all at the dining table and we have a lot of things to talk about. 😀


  12. Eliza Waters says:

    Agreed! Last night we had fresh peaches and whipped cream for dessert (something we rarely have) and like you, I refuse to feel guilty over the occasional indulgence. It is good for the soul!


  13. I grew strawberries in my garden this year. I have to fight the birds and the slugs, but I did get a few. Your sound marvelous! ❤


  14. For some reason this made me exceptionally happy. 🙂 Strawberries….son….cream….. then it all came crashing down…..calories! 😉


  15. Éilis Niamh says:

    Sounds wonderful!


  16. roweeee says:

    What a great post, Sue. I could really feel myself there. I still make a lot of fruit smoothies but a few years ago, I really got into the green smoothies and was adding spirulina. This was in the days before blogging and I have meant to write up my first experience of this green, gurgling smoothie. I swear that the spirulina had come to life and was chatting as it bubbled away. It really was kind of freaky and the khaki green colouring did nothing to enhance my appetite either. It took me 30 minutes to summon the courage to even taste the thing. I went on to drink them for a few months and lost 10 kilos but then found out that people with auto-immune diseases shouldn’t take spirulina so I just have fruit and the occasional handful of spinach leaves. They go down well with the kids after school.
    Usually, we think it’s us teaching the kids as parents, however, I find myself going on all sorts of journeys through my children and they’ve extended me in ways I never thought possible.
    I thought you’d like my recent post about my daughter’s upcoming audition for the Sydney production of The Sound of Music. She has been quite unwell and I did discourage her but she was adamant. She might be pint sized but she has alot of determination…like your Nick! xx Rowena


  17. jenanita01 says:

    Reblogged this on Anita & Jaye Dawes and commented:
    best breakfast of the week, (or month) but as you say, who cares when its this good?


  18. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Apart from the pleasure of her son for company for breakfast, there is the added delight of fresh strawberries and Chantilly cream.. mmmm


  19. BunKaryudo says:

    Strawberries are delicious — and even with the cream certainly a lot healthier than the chocolate-covered peanuts I’m munching on as I type.


  20. Reblogged this on Barrow Blogs: and commented:
    A little of what you fancy – Er, who’s that crunching celery?


  21. Strawberries are the food of royalty or at least one f.e.e.l.s. royal enjoying them. Chantilly cream too? Double the pleasure. Sounds a fabulous breakfast to share with a mom. ❤ ❤ ❤ What a wonderful young man. 🙂


  22. You can never go wrong with fresh strawberries and cream. And maybe even a bit of chocolate. Indulgence. No regrets ! ☺


  23. That sounds so good. Now I’m hungry for strawberries and cream. 🙂


  24. D.G.Kaye says:

    A yummy story. Pun intended. 🙂


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