Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Roasted Strawberry Parfaits and Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream Topping

This recipe is truly spring time in a jar!
Roasted Strawberry Parfaits

  • 3 cups fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 1 TB. sugar
  • 2 TB. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups plain greek yogurt
  • 2 TB. honey
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • mint for garnish, optional
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, combine strawberries and sugar. Spread out strawberries on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.
  • Roast in oven 12 minutes or until the strawberries start to release their juices but are still a little firm. Carefully pour the roasted strawberries and their juice into a bowl and set aside.
  • Mix yogurt and honey in a medium bowl and stir until combined. 
  • Assemble in 8 ounce glasses or parfait cups by adding a layer of yogurt to the bottom of the glass or cup. 
  • Next add a few spoonfuls of the strawberries on top of the yogurt and then add a spoonful of granola on top of the strawberries. Repeat layers until serving glasses are full. Top the parfaits with a spoonful of strawberries and a sprinkle of granola. Place a sprig of mint for garnish, optional.
Warm Roasted Strawberries 
Cook's notes: Follow roasting directions from yesterday's posting. Serve warm over ice cream. Try the sauce over blackberry ice cream. It's amazing. 

May 12th is Edward Lear's birthday, (1812-1888) the Father of Limericks. He was an English artist, illustrator, author and poet. He is known for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose, especially his limericks, a form he popularized.

Limericks have been thought to be around for about two hundred years but the first collection of them wasn't published until 1846 by the poet Edward Lear. The limerick structure is easy to follow with five lines. The first and second lines rhyme and the third and fourth lines are shorter and rhyme with each other and the fifth line rhymes with the first two lines. Lear describes his poems as "Nonsense pure and absolute ." Many limericks traditionally start with the words There was...

Lear particularly liked the line: "There was an old man of Tobago," because he was able to think of so many rhymes to use with it.
"The Owl and The Pussycat" is one of his classic poems.

The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are, you are, you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are."
Pussy said to the Owl "You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing.
O let us be married, too long we have tarried;
But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows,
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose, his nose, his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling your ring?"
Said the Piggy, "I will"
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon.
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand.
They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

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