Saturday, July 24, 2010
This is strawberry jam with balsamic reduction to give it richness and depth, and a little black pepper, just for the sass. It's better than anything I can find in the stores. I don't manage to make it every year, and when I don't, I'm always sorry. Not only is it good on a croissant, but I love it on a ham sandwich. Or all by itself, licked off a spoon when I'm standing in the open fridge door. The lemon chutney is good that way, too.
Maybe this isn't a strawberry's immortality, but it IS a lovely reminder of strawberry season much later on, when there's not a local berry to be had. This is something worth working up a sweat for and a sticky I don't mind cleaning, although I really shouldn't be mopping up the kitchen with my tongue.
Oops...did I type that out loud?!