I have very few memories of my early childhood growing up in Ukraine (the former Soviet Union, yo), but many of them involved going to the market with my mom and smelling, tasting, and experiencing truly fresh produce. These were the years before we moved to the U.S. and A, before we knew anything except for fresh, pesticide-free Motherland produce.
When we moved to the States, we experienced the 'bigger is better' mentality, and although there was more, it was never as good as the natural fruits and veggies we picked up on the trips to the market where little old ladies let me sample their freshly pickled veggies (amazing, actually) or the fruits I ate at my grandparents' countryside home. In each of these memories, there were always strawberries. To this day, I still love them and I'm excited each time they come in season.
My grandma used to serve them covered in sour cream and sugar. Evidently I had a much higher metabolism when I was 3. These days, beggars can't be choosers.
One of my favorite snacks is fresh strawberries served with Greek yogurt:
Another recent fave is whole grain crackers topped with Laughing Cow and almond butter and more fresh strawberries:
I love the smell of fresh strawberries and it's amazing how some smells can bring me back to childhood memories. Those memories always include sour cream and salted fish (and perhaps an early appreciation for beluga caviar) but I don't think I can get away with bringing those snacks to work.
What smells remind you of your childhood?