I recall an author mentioning a young girl gifting a small red object to get people to take them away in their ship was a Kaylee strawberry ref I never would've gotten on my own.
Forgot which one, but I think it's SCE.
You're thinking of the annotations I did for SCE: Out of the Cocoon
, though what I actually wrote was, "Any similarity to any other spaceship passengers offering to pay for passage off-planet with a box of strawberry-ish objects is purely coincidental."
The similarity between the scene I had written (before specifying the data discs were "strawberry red") to the Kaylee-Book scene in "Serenity" seemed pretty blatant to me at the time -- probably because I had just received the Firefly
DVD set the Christmas before. Three years later, maybe not quite so much.