Last weekend I went to the farmer's market with my friend Darlene and picked up a trio of strawberry baskets. I live alone and although I love strawberries, three baskets all to oneself was a bit much. I had originally intended to make a jam recipe that I found on Rice and Noodles but never made it to the store for jars. Fast forward a week later and I still had a basket in the fridge which were probably about 3 days past their prime. They were still edible so I didn't want to toss them but I knew I had to do something before they started to get a little, a-hem!, hairy.
Balsamic vinegar to the rescue!
Now... what to put them on? Hhhhmmm...
Enter. Stage left. Waffles.
I had a friend who used to make me yummy healthy chalk-full-o-nuts (literally!) waffles all the time. In fact, I'd never even tasted waffles before he came into my life. But I rarely think to make them for myself even with a lovely Belgian waffle iron sitting in my cabinet. The last time I took out the waffle iron was during one of my mom's overnight stays late last year. But I was inspired to make waffles again after reading a post yesterday on Ooh, you tasty little things (check out her savory waffle sandwich! It looks right up my alley!).
So while the berries were macerating, I plugged in the waffle iron and made some fresh waffles from scratch. By the time the waffles were all done cooking, the berries were ready. And then... Yum! Breakfast was served.
STRAWBERRIES WITH BALSAMIC VINEGAR
1 basket strawberries, hulled and sliced
2 tbs aged balsamic vinegar
1 tsp fine caster suger
Put the strawberries in a bowl. Drizzle the vinegar over the berries and add the sugar. Toss well. Let macerate in the fridge for at least 20 minutes. The longer, the better. These are great atop freshly baked scones or buttermilk biscuits, waffles or with just a fork right out of the bowl.
1 cp milk
1 stick melted butter
2 tbs sugar
2 cps flour
1 tbs baking powder
1 tsp salt
In a bowl or stand mixer (yay! Using my new KitchenAid again! gotta justify the purchase after all...) whisk together the liquid ingredients and the sugar. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt and baking powder. Gradually add to the wet mixture. Serves 4.
YOUR TURN: What's your favorite way to salvage fruits or veggies that are slightly past their prime?