The buds are blooming on the trees, and the farmers markets have opened. This means a lot of things, but one of the best is: strawberries are on their way!
Those little ruby red jewels are one of my favorite treats and I feature them as much as possible on my blog spoonandsaucer.com. There is something so simple and beautiful about them, it's almost indescribable. One late spring day, we went out to a field to pick fresh berries, and I'll never forget the smell. Stepping out of the car, the aroma of sweet strawberries was so strong in the air, it was intoxicating. In a good way. The little kiddos toddling out of the field, faces and fingertips stained red. I'm sure they ate more berries than actually went home in the flats their parents were hauling out to the minivans. I wonder how many of the little sweet jewels actually made it home? I'm gonna go with "not many".
Strawberries mean spring is in full swing. Salads, ice cream, milkshakes, eating berries out of hand, strawberry lemonade and many other dishes grace our tables. It's amazing what a little berry can do! Makes me want to strap on my flip flops right this minute, and head for the field! Almost.
Keeping it simple, in the most delicious addictive way.
I love strawberries. No really, I think there should be a 12-step program for people like me. Wait, never mind, then I'd have to stop eating them. Slicing them up, and drizzling them with a little balsamic vinegar, that's when I swear I hear angels singing. Now, you might (as my friends did) look at me as if I had three heads. I do not, thank you.
Just try it.
Get yourself some good aged balsamic vinegar, and try drizzling it over freshly cut strawberries. It just might blow your mind. Why balsamic vinegar? Well, in very technical terms, it makes the strawberries taste more "strawberry-er". I'm sure there's a proper foodie term for it, but I'm not a proper foodie, so I'm coining that phrase now. Feel free to use it with abandon.
If you're the type that needs a guideline for all this strawberry-er goodness, here's something that can help:
Balsamic Strawberries & Cream:
Strawberries, cut into bite-sized pieces
Sweetener of your choice (sugar, honey, etc.)
Drizzle berries with vinegar.
Sprinkle (or drizzle) with sweetener and gently toss.
If you can stand it, let them sit for a few minutes – this is also known as “macerating”. (I prepare thus far before dinner, and let them sit like this as room temperature while we eat)