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.


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

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