When I was a child, my mother Claudia would make sugared strawberries to top our waffles with—but only if it was strawberry season, when they were cheap. She would slice the strawberries and sprinkle a fair amount of sugar over them—as much as a quarter of a cup. Over time, the sugar would draw out the strawberry juices and make a fresh berry syrup to spoon over your waffle. Being diabetic, I have reduced the amount of sugar and, of course, I used my signature orange infused sugar.
Karl’s Orange Infused Sugared Strawberries
This Sunday is Mother’s Day and the following day is Miriam’s birthday. Jan requested something with avocado and Miriam wanted a fruit salad. Most weekends we have Sunday dinner, but Chris wanted to take his wife out for her birthday, so we are having brunch this weekend.
Karl’s Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Mint Sauce
This Sunday we are having Mother’s Day and Miriam’s birthday brunch. Mimosa is an obvious choice, but how to make it as special as my women? This is what I came up with.
Karl’s Strawberry Sunrise Mimosa
I used half a head of cauliflower in the soup I was making this Sunday. I decided that I would make a side dish with the rest, but it was not quite enough to feed five people. I also had some green beans, left over from earlier in the week, but also not enough for a separate dish. Finally, the strawberries I bought on Saturday needed to be used up, because they were quickly starting to go bad. Of such happen stance, a new dish is created.
Karl’s Strawberry Vinaigrette
Cauliflower and Green Beans
I saw some peaches and strawberries in the market today and I decided to make a fruit crisp. This is a dish from my childhood with many fond memories. This dish may also be called a crumble, because you crumble the topping over the fruit.
Karl’s Peach and Strawberry Crisp
I am planning a buttermilk roasted chicken tonight. I wanted a green vegetable to go with it and green beans came to mind. This Sunday, Miriam served us her marinated strawberries and steamed green beans. I thought: Why serve them separately?
Karl’s Strawberry Vinaigrette Green Beans
Myr and Jan went to a pot-luck at Pie Ranch yesterday (Hey, for them this is work). Myr’s contribution the meal was Balsamic Strawberries. These are good all by themselves, but they can also go equally well on a mesclun salad or vanilla ice cream.
Karl’s Quick Variation of
Miriam’s Balsamic Strawberries
Jan is still on a soft food diet so she has been making smoothies. Last night’s had kale, strawberries and banana, but she does not remember what else she put into it. It looked a bit like chocolate milk. While it tasted nice, you wanted to drink it in the dark. Today’s smoothie looked a bit nicer, but any drink with a lot of ground up kale is going to have presentation issues.
Jan’s Pomegranate Pond Scum Smoothie