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strawberry carpaccio salad = christmas on a plate

strawberry carpaccio salad = christmas on a plate

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Strawberry Carpaccio Salad, with goats cheese, pink peppercorns

I am so excited, its Christmas time again! It is a time of happiness and joy, family and friends and it is a chance to experiment with all the wonderful Christmas foodie thingies… Too often people say that Christmas is just too busy with all the preparations, the decorations, the cooking and the sweating but it is not. Folks, Christmas does not have to be complicated. Just keep things simple, vibrant and flavourful and you can’t go wrong…

My mom always says that we eat far too much over the festive season particularly on Christmas Day … with the roast turkey, the smoked gammon or ham, leg of lamb and every other meat variety under the sun. She actually banned the glazed gammon from the Christmas table this year …but Christmas for me without gammon is like Christmas without turkey or Father Christmas arriving without presents! So I have decided to disguise my “gammon” (I used Black Forest Ham) in a lovely fresh summer salad.

In this recipe, perhaps the most important part of this salad is the dressing. You can have the most beautiful ingredients but if the dressing is dull the salad is dull. Many people just do not pay enough attention to their salad dressing and it is kind of like the angel on top of the Christmas tree.

The salad dressing I have mixed-up today includes orange blossom honey and rose syrup. Both of these flavours compliment the strawberries and the rose syrup lingers in your mouth for a while, causing the brain to be almost spirited off to another country in an instant – perhaps Arabia, India or Morocco …

Adding the little pink peppercorns just lifts the whole dish into another dimension and just one little bite sets the Christmas bells ringing.  Happy Christmas cooking!

Strawberry Carpaccio Salad with goats cheese and pink peppercorns

strawberry carpaccio salad with goats cheese and pink peppercorns

strawberry carpaccio = christmas on a plate
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Serves: 2
  • For salad
  • 200g Strawberries – finely sliced
  • 100g Black Forrest ham
  • Curly lettuce
  • 10 Cherries - fresh (optional)
  • For goats’ cheese crostinis
  • 100g Goats cheese – plain
  • 30g Cranberries - dried
  • 1 Basil leave – big – chiffonade the basil leaf
  • Melba toasts or crostinis – 3 per person
  • Pink peppercorns
  • For Balsamic Glaze
  • 125ml Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2T Honey – Orange Blossom
  • ½t Rose syrup
  • 2T Water
  • 5 Pink peppercorns – crushed
  • Pinch of salt
  1. For balsamic glaze - Put all ingredients in little pot and boil for 8-10 min over medium heat. Remove from stove and allow to cool down.
  2. For goats’ cheese crostinis - Mix the goats cheese + dried cranberries + basil together. Smear the goat and cranberry spread over each of the little toasts. Carefully place 2-3 pink peppercorns onto each crostini.
  3. To serve - Arrange the sliced strawberries on the bottom of the plate. Drizzle with a bit of balsamic glaze. Place a few salad leaves over the top. Add the goats’ cheese crostinis + ham + cherries + and extra peppercorns. Drizzle with more balsamic glaze and serve



pink peppercorn strawberry jam = a berry marriage made in heaven

pink peppercorn strawberry jam = a berry marriage made in heaven

pink peppercorn strawberry jam delicious, scone with strawberry jam

I have written about white pepper before but today I want to dedicate this page to a lovely pink lady – the pink peppercorn. She is somewhat of a foxy, seductive siren. Always dressed up and ready for any occasion … wonderfully pink with so many fabulous and flavourful guises. Who would have thought that she is actually a type of dried berry with a peppery taste and not technically a peppercorn? Her French name is “baie rose” – translated in English to pink berry.

I decided to combine two berries together – the strawberry and the pink peppercorn. This is undoubtedly one of the better combinations I have tasted. It is sophisticated – the sweet and tartness of the strawberry jam dallied with the ever-tempting pepperiness of the pink peppercorn. It is kind of like the Thelma and Louise of the berry world, a wicked pairing of the unconventional with the traditional – if you like pop it on a scone, add a fresh strawberry, a dash of sour cream and a finish it with an extra peppercorn or two … taste how the taste is catapulted into another dimension.

strawberry - pink peppercorn strawberry jam

pink peppercorn strawberry jam

Strawberries are in season … so get out there an get some … a jar of pink peppercorn strawberry jam will make a special gift … but warn your gran first – as the taste could blow her socks off!

pink pepper corn strawberry jam - christmas gift

Note: I use half the normal amount of sugar (I don’t like the jam being too sweet), always add a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of salt.

pink peppercorn strawberry jam
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Serves: Makes 500ml jam
  • 800g Strawberries – cut into halves
  • 400g Sugar
  • 2 ½ t Pink peppercorns
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Put all ingredients in pot. Put on low heat until the sugar has melted and starts to boil.
  2. Then put on medium-high and cook for 25 minutes.
  3. If foam has formed on the top of the jam just scoop it off if necessary.
  4. Bottle in jars or just tuck in.