Strawberry Season

Three strawberries on a white background with an open container of strawberries behind them.

Strawberry season has rolled back around and it shall be savory and sweet!

Strawberries used to be my favorite fruit.

I loved eating them as a child and could go through an entire container of them without breaking a sweat.

I still love strawberries, but I don’t eat them plain as often as I used to.

Instead, I prefer to cook them into things, mostly desserts or breakfast items like ice cream or oatmeal.

I’ve also begun to experiment with more savory options, like this simple, sweet heat strawberry relish that we’ll be using in a few of this month’s recipes.

The relish is pretty easy to make and it is customizable; just add all of the inngredients to a small saucepan and simmer until it has reduced by half.

P.S. after the recipe is a grocery list for this week’s recipes. Hopefully I haven’t forgotten anything this time. I’ll let you know if I have.

Sweet Heat Strawberry Relish

 Ingredients:
  • 162 g strawberries, tops removed
  • 40 g granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp. – 3/4 tsp. chili flakes
  • A small pat of unsalted butter, about 1/2 tsp
  • A tiny pinch of salt

Directions:

  • Either cut the strawberries into 1/4 inch slices or dice them into 1/4 inch cubes.
  • Put all of the ingredients into a 1 quart saucepan and place over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook, stirring often, for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced by at least half and is nice and thick.
  • Remove from the heat, let cool completely, and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Notes:
  • This recipe makes about a half cup of relish, but you can easily double or triple the recipe if you prefer.
  • If you dice the strawberries the relish will be more thick than if you slice the strawberries.
  • 3/4 teaspoon of chili flakes makes for a very spicy relish, so add less if you’re a lightweight like me.
No, this is not the sweet and spicy strawberry sauce on this oatmeal. Although…

The Grocery List:

Pantry:

  • Old fashioned oats
  • Poppy seeds
  • Granulated sugar
  • Fine sea salt
  • All purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Limes, 1 or 2
  • Your favorite type of bread
  • 1 or 2 flatbreads (I’ll provide a recipe for this in case you want to try making them yourself.)
  • Instant dry yeast (if making the flatbread)

Fridge Things:

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Feta
  • Applewood smoked bacon or uncured bacon. Whichever you prefer.
  • Extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • Whole milk
  • Skyr or Greek yogurt
  • Large eggs,
  • Unsalted butter

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