Strawberries in Vanilla and Balsamic Vinegar
I can imagine people unacquainted with this combination reading that title like I've gone mad; however, balsamic vinegar and strawberries are a match made in heaven. The Italians have been doing this for a long time and who are we to argue with that cuisine?
Combine a splash with a little caster sugar and marinade your strawberries and 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 and things get even better.
Ingredients - Feeds 2
500g of strawberries
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp 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, Greek yoghurt, ice cream or whipped double cream.