Friday 27 April 2007

Strawberries in Vanilla and Balsamic

Nothing new, but for some reason balsamic vinegar and strawberries are a match made in heaven. Combine a splash with a little caster sugar and marinade your strawberries, you are left with some pretty powerful tastes that are incredibly complimentary. The sweetness intensifies and almost fizzes in your mouth. Slit open a vanilla pod and stir in the tiny black seeds of pleasure and things get even better.

Strawberries in Vanilla and Balsamic
Feeds 1 starving individual, 2 normal

1 punnet of strawberries
3 tbs Balsamic vinegar
2 tbs caster sugar
1 vanilla pod

1 - Trim and half the strawberries. Place in a large bowl.
2 - Combine the sugar and balsamic until you have a dark syrup. Slit open the vanilla pod and scrape the seeds into the sugar and vinegar.
3 - Pour onto the strawberries and combine thoroughly. Try to resist eating for at least 1 hour to allow the flavours to combine.
4 - Eat with creme fraiche , yoghurt or whipped cream.


William Leigh said...

You should get my bill next week. Now where's that dinner you promised me?!

Anonymous said...

Where where where can I find the cheap vanilla pod?

Patricia (La Chatte Gitane) said...

I can hardly wait for my strawberries in the garden to ready. It'll be another while, but they promise to be plentiful as there are loads of flowers.
I personally don't use vanilla that often as I find the flavour and the scent to be to sweet (how strange am I ?)

Anonymous said...

oooh I love vanilla. I make a fab rice pudding and caramelised figs, and use vanilla sugar in that.

I often take the lid of the sugar jar, just to have a quick sniff (guilty pleasure there)

Wish I'd seen the give-away too!

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