surprise from chef joy: balsamic strawberries (recipe)



I have a friend who is a brilliant chef who also believes in bringing more happy into her life. A couple days ago she asked me if I would be open to trying treats/snacks/new recipes.  Knowing that Chef Joy has an eclectic background as a professional clown, chef and performer, I knew this was an opportunity I couldn't turn down. When a chef says "I want to make happy food for you" you say yes.

I promised  Chef Joy that as long as it didn't involved meat or shellfish I was in. I would try anything.

So, here is what Chef Joy brought me for her first "Surprise! It's Happy Food!" complete with her note:




Happygirl note

I've heard of strawberries drizzled with balsamic vinegar but I'd never tried them. I assumed vinegar belonged in my salad. To me, strawberries are served with whipped topping. However, as I promised Chef Joy, I would try anything.  I was surprised.  The first bite I closed my eyes. The poppity pop pop of intense strawberry made me smile. The strawberry was somehow 'strawberrier' with the balsamic syrup.  It reminded me of a dessert you would be served by the elderly owner of an elegant little cafe in Provence.  This one is a hit.