Somehow, whenever the strawberry season arrives (that, in
, is winter) I feel a sense of
growing excitement. It usually starts around November when roadside hawkers lug
around boxes of half ripe, tasteless strawberries and culminates at the end of December
– early January, when they are at their best – ripe and bright red. I remember
them being the height of luxury in fruits and being a rare treat during my childhood.
It is seldom that you get sweet luscious strawberries in India even now.
I prefer strawberries in simple desserts. For instance, strawberries and ice cream or strawberries and whipped cream are my favorites. In fact, one of my favorite memories from
is going to Corner House or The Edge for strawberries and cream at night with a
whole gang from the PG where I stayed. None of the strawberries in a rich
chocolate cake for me please. Bangalore
This dessert is one of the fanciest sounding ones and definitely the easiest. The balsamic vinegar and black pepper intensifies the flavor of the strawberries and I for one love this cold dessert even in the middle of winter.
Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar and Black Pepper
200 gms fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
A pinch of ground black pepper
Slice the strawberries in half. Combine strawberries, sugar, vinegar and pepper in a large bowl. Chill for a few hours or overnight before serving.