This is one of the most AMAZING flavor combinations ever! Tastes amazing over vanilla ice cream.


I was an only child until I was six years old, and I ruled supreme. When my sister Lene was born, I had mixed feelings. I had a great setup: two little old ladies fussing over me and my every whim. Now all of a sudden there was a baby in the mix, a cute little redhead thing that would not stop screaming. And all of a sudden all the attention was gone from moi. Eventually I coped, it was even kind of nice to have the little creature among us. At least this was the case until the strawberry incident.

I think she was around two. It was summertime and I had been working hard in the garden all summer in my little strawberry patch. Mormor had given me my own little patch and I had planted some amazing strawberry plants that I bought with my own money at the flower market in the city. I lived for that patch all summer.

You have to understand that it takes a bit longer to
grow strawberries in Norway, as it’s a bit cold. But that also means that once they are ready they are so sweet and amazing.

It was a Sunday afternoon; the weather was lovely. I had decided that my treasures needed one more day of sunshine before they would be picked. From outside, I heard my sister screaming and I saw my father carrying her into the house. Her whole face was red and my first thought was that it was blood. Then I realized, with a mixture of relief and horror, that it was strawberry juice.

I ran to my patch and there it was: empty. There was nothing left. The girl had somehow crawled into the patch and eaten all my plump strawberries.
Even to this day, whenever there are strawberries around, I give her the eye.

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Serves 4

1⁄2 cup balsamic, don’t use your best stuff for this

2 tablespoons sugar

1 pint small strawberries, hulled

freshly ground pepper


  1. Place the balsamic and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes or until it starts to thicken.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
  4. Place the strawberries in a serving dish and pour the syrup on top.
  5. Grind pepper on top and serve.

TIP:

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This is one of the most AMAZING flavor combinations ever! Tastes amazing over vanilla ice cream.
Photography by Linda Pugliese

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