As I was wracking my brain for a stupendous dessert for Ilva and Joanna's blog The Heart of the Matter - Eating For Life, I kept discarding ideas, one after the other: too heavy, too sweet, nothing seemed right.
But when I walked into our local Co-Op today, the ol' two by four hit me smack 'twixt the eyes - strawberries! Organic, sweet, juicy, heart healthy strawberries . What could be a better dessert for springtime and your heart?
Strawberries are low in calories, packed with fiber, Vitamin C, folate, potassium and antioxidants such as ellagic acid. Research has shown that eating about 8 strawberries a day can significantly lower systolic blood pressure, which may reduce the risk of heart disease associated with high blood pressure.
Without further ado, here's what I came up with for HOTM 2.
Strawberries in Raspberry Wine with Goat's Milk Yogurt
Christine's original recipe
Ingredients (all measurements are arbitrary):
Fresh, organic strawberries
Vanilla extract, the best you can find, no added sugars or corn syrup (yuk!)
Coarsely cracked, tellicherry peppercorns
Miniscule grains of Fleur de Sel de Guerande (if allowed)
Small shavings of deep, dark chocolate such as Valrhona bittersweet
Goat's milk yogurt, the best you can get your hands on - I used Skyhill Farms from Napa Valley
Preparation per serving:
Cut several strawberries into very small dice, about 1/8-inch.
Mix 1 tablespoon raspberry wine with 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and a grind of black pepper.
Pour into a serving glass and add the diced strawberries.
Spoon about 1/4 cup yogurt over the strawberries.
Shave the dark chocolate over the yogurt and top with a perfect red strawberry and a few grains of sel de guerande.
To eat, dip your spoon all the way to the bottom of the glass, bringing up the pepper infused wine and the strawberries to mix with the pure white yogurt. Swoon.
To your good health!
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