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Balsamic Strawberries

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Sometime last year, my friend Soph updated her facebook status with something about having made an easy dessert of sliced strawberries, a splash of balsamic vinegar and spoonfuls of sugar, mixed up and served on icecream. The simplicity of it and the promise of yumminess grabbed my attention and so I had a go at doing it too. Soph was right – the process was instant and simple and the result was sweet strawberries amid a yummy self-made sauce created by the interaction of ingredients. At this time of year strawberries are much cheaper than usual and fruity desserts are perfect for the heat of summer. Use this mixture to make instant strawberry sundaes by spooning masses of it on top of a bowl of ice-cream, or do what our cousin Angela does, and turn it into a quick and easy parfait. I’m keen to use this to make a fast Eton Mess using store bought meringues, ice-cream and whipped cream, though am yet to do so. The cost of this dessert will depend on the price of strawberries and your preference for ice-cream and the quantity below serves 4. Enjoy! 

  • 1 punnet fresh strawberries, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • ice-cream enough for 4 people

1. In a medium sized mixing bowl place sliced strawberries, balsamic vinegar and caster sugar. Combine all ingredients and allow to rest at room temperature for half an hour.

2. Use as you like, but my favourite is this: spoon mixture across four bowls of ice-cream for grown-up style strawberry sundaes.

A cookbook for ministry in a digital world

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Welcome to foodthatserves – a blog for Christian hospitality. Romans 12:13 says, “Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality”. The last bit about hospitality, can literally be translated, “Pursue the love of strangers”. God has convinced me that he loves this world and he wants me to share his love with others using each part my life – including my family and home. My attempts to do this aren’t all that fancy, and often I need an attitude adjustment to get my goals in line with God’s. It’s my prayer that as I struggle to allow God to use my whole life for his purposes, others might be encouraged to do so too.

When it comes to hospitality in the home, I’ve found that I tend to use the same recipes over and over again- you know, the ones that are yummy, easy enough to cook for a large number of people, but don’t cost the earth to make. But I’m bored with my repertoire and it got me thinking that this might be case for lots of my gospel minded friends. So I’ve been thinking about starting a long-term project of putting together a blog of recipes and ideas that fit the bill for people trying to do hospitality in the home. My plan is to publish here a range of recipes that won’t stress me out when opening up my home and unapologetically focussed on feeding people good food that promotes genuine Christian fellowship – not so much for ‘entertaining’.

I also hope that others would use this blog to contribute their own recipes and ideas that fit the bill. If you’ve tested them out in your own kitchen and you think your recipe is a winner, I’d love to receive it at foodthatserves@gmail.com. I’m not interested in plagiarising anyone’s work, so if your recipes have a known source (person’s name, a website, a particular cookbook), please include that too. If I need to ask permission from anyone who owns a copyright, I would like to do that, so adding sources to your recipes is helpful.

I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about this project so feel free to comment or get in touch. To God be the glory!