Friday, 29 June 2012

Spicy Balsamic Strawberries

It was easy to get carried away picking fruits, especially when the fresh, sun-warmed and luscious strawberries were just begging and teasing us to be picked.
By the end of day, we ended up with a couple of kilos and more.

It seems rather a waste to turn these fresh strawberries into jam since good homemade jams are readily and easily available in most farm shops and delicatessen. Turning them into cakes or puddings may only make me regret eating something so rich.

But here is my favourite way of dishing this fruit and still maintain its freshness.
And I must add, I do find them highly addictive and was only able to stop eating them when my tummy aches.

Toss gently hulled and quartered strawberries with some sugar, aceto balsamico, chopped red chillies and a little sea salt.
Leave to macerate for about 1 hour before serving.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

A Wee Seaside Town

We came upon this lovely village while looking for place to go for a quiet lunch, away from the well-trodden tourists trail.
Crail, as it is known, is an East Neuk village in the Kingdom of Fife, with a picturesque harbour and many quaint cottages.
I was pleased with our findings; everything I want in a place.

The Crail Harbour Gallery and Tearoom set within in a 17th-century fisherman's cottage, original oak beams, flagstone floor, and exposed stone walls.

Crail Harbour dates from the 16th century.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Grilled Lobster

Bought a pair of lobsters from a lobster shack by the cove in a small fishing village.
Their flesh were so fresh and sweet that it didn't require a lot of ingredients, plus you don't really want to mask the freshness.

All it needed was salt, a sprinkling of cayenne pepper and a knob of butter.
Served with steaming hot lemon butter rice.