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Super Simple Saturday: Honeyed Pepper Clove Strawberries

Honeyed Pepper Clove Strawberries are a simple, fuss-free dessert with an intriguing twist. The lingering spicy heat brings out the intense flavour locked inside these juicy berries. A perfect treat for Valentine’s Day, these strawberries are ready to be the star of the show.

Honeyed Pepper Clove Strawberries - These sweet, healthy bites are a simple dessert that will be the topic of conversation at the dinner table. This flavour combination is SUPERB. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

We’re so excited – and not just because it’s the weekend. Or because Valentine’s Day is almost here. Or because we’ll be home in less than TWO weeks.

Two weeks! Eeeeeeeee. 😀

We’re excited because today we’re launching our very first Super Simple Saturday with a crazy awesome recipe that we can’t wait for you to try.

Hold up. What the heck is Super Simple Saturday?

Yay, I’m so glad you asked. Every Saturday we’ll be featuring one of our favourite globally-inspired recipes which can be easily made in 5 minutes using achievable ingredients.

We like to think of these recipes as mini whirlwinds of wonder and discovery.

Because if you’re anything like us, some days are so glorious we know you just want to spend more time eating and less time cooking.

So let’s kick off our very first Super Simple Saturday with these ridiculously good Honeyed Pepper Clove Strawberries.

Honeyed Pepper Clove Strawberries - These sweet, healthy bites are a simple dessert that will be the topic of conversation at the dinner table. This flavour combination is SUPERB. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

I love strawberries, they’re my favourite fruit in the whole world.

Sarah will pick a peach every time while I’ll be there going head to head with a punnet of strawberries any day of the week, fingers stained pink, juice running down my chin in pure joy.

But there’s something strange going on with the strawberries in japan. They’re like nothing we’ve ever seen (or smelled).

Hot damn - the tingly, spicy aftertaste of these Honeyed Pepper Clove Strawberries is to die for.Click To Tweet

 

You see the problem is, well… they’re perfect. Disturbingly, unerringly, perfect.

As in so perfect they no longer seem real.

And oh man they smell amazing.

As is the case with most (if not all) fresh produce in Japan, where it seems everything is over-the-top scrutinised and rejected for the slightest hint of imperfection.

Honeyed Pepper Clove Strawberries - These sweet, healthy bites are a simple dessert that will be the topic of conversation at the dinner table. This flavour combination is SUPERB. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

It makes me wonder: What happens to all those not-so-perfect-but-still-damn-delicious strawberries?

I mean seriously guys, you could just give them all to me. I’d find a nice little home for them real quick. (Strawberry smoothies anyone?! 😀 )

Honeyed Pepper Clove Strawberries - These sweet, healthy bites are a simple dessert that will be the topic of conversation at the dinner table. This flavour combination is SUPERB. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

And then we found ourselves out in the countryside of Japan, surrounded by farm after farm full of REAL strawberries in all their IM-perfect glory.

Our awesome couchsurfing host Akko had a whole box of the glorious little berry beasts to get through, and she came up with a damn fine way to go about it.

Akko is like our newfound role model. A professional chef by trade, she has insane levels of creativity and an in-built intuition to know exactly how far to push her eccentric ingredient combinations.

Watching her cook was like watching a master at work – every 5 minutes I had my phone out snapping photos and taking notes to make sure we wouldn’t forget a single crazy combo or neat trick.

Honeyed Pepper Clove Strawberries - These sweet, healthy bites are a simple dessert that will be the topic of conversation at the dinner table. This flavour combination is SUPERB. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Honeyed Pepper Clove Strawberries

This dish was definitely one of our favourites. I bet you’re wondering what the heck it tastes like, right?

Pepper? Cloves? With strawberries?

Yep.

Forget the sugar. Forget the cream. Forget everything you think you knew about strawberries because this super simple recipe is about to blow it all out of the water.

This odd sounding mix is set to become your new best friend. They go together like a match made in heaven. Like salt on meat. Like red bean and mochi.

This sweet n spicy coating brings out every last drop of strawberry flavour, turning your innocent little berries into punchy powerhouses of awesome.

And that little-bit-tingly-little-bit-spicy aftertaste? Hot damn!

Honeyed Pepper Clove Strawberries - These sweet, healthy bites are a simple dessert that will be the topic of conversation at the dinner table. This flavour combination is SUPERB. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.comSo guys, we wanna know your thoughts on Super Simple Saturday. What do you wanna see more of: Mains and sides? More desserts or finger food? Let us know what you want in the comments below, or give us a shout out on Facebook. 🙂

Happy Saturday guys! <3

P.S. Wanna learn more about storing and washing strawberries properly? Check this out.

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Super Simple Saturday - Honeyed Pepper Clove Strawberries
 
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Honeyed Pepper Clove Strawberries - These sweet, healthy bites are a simple dessert that will be the topic of conversation at the dinner table. This flavour combination is SUPERB.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Creative
Ingredients
  • 1 punnet strawberries, sliced in half
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 8 - 10 cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp black pepper, crushed
  • ½ pinch salt
Instructions
  1. Place the water and honey in a saucepan and gently heat until honey dissolves.
  2. Add the crushed cloves and black pepper, and continue to heat until sauce is fragrant.
  3. Place the sliced strawberries in a serving bowl and drizzle with the sauce. Stir well to evenly coat the strawberries.
  4. Serve immediately.
Notes
You might be surprised how easily the strawberries overpower the flavour from the cloves and pepper. Feel free to crush a bit extra of each spice and add over the strawberries until you’re satisfied with the flavour balance.

Feeling adventurous? Substitute the water for a dash of white wine.

Honeyed Pepper Clove Strawberries - These sweet, healthy bites are a simple dessert that will be the topic of conversation at the dinner table. This flavour combination is SUPERB. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

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  • Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction
    19/02/2016 at 12:06 pm

    What a great way to spice up leftover strawberries! Perfect for healthy snacking!

    • Wandercooks
      20/02/2016 at 12:57 am

      It’s so nice and light too, perfect for an afternoon sweet attack at work!

  • Jillian @ Food, Folks and Fun
    14/02/2016 at 6:45 pm

    Sweet and spiced – what a fabulous flavor combination!

    • Wandercooks
      14/02/2016 at 11:08 pm

      Yep, yep, yep! Savoury and sweet is one of our favourite food combos to experiment with.

  • Immaculate
    13/02/2016 at 9:26 pm

    Who knew! What a healthy way of using leftover strawberries. Looking forward to trying these real soon!!!

    • Wandercooks
      14/02/2016 at 11:07 pm

      I know right! It’s so good, would love to hear how you go. 🙂

  • Claudia | Gourmet Project
    13/02/2016 at 8:24 pm

    Super simple Saturdays: great idea! And peppered honey sounds perfect 😍

    • Wandercooks
      14/02/2016 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks Claudia, love the feedback – it means a lot (and we can’t WAIT until next Saturday already!)

  • Mica
    13/02/2016 at 3:10 pm

    Interesting choices of flavors! Never thought to mix clover and strawberries. I can’t wait to try this out!

    • Wandercooks
      14/02/2016 at 11:06 pm

      Great! Hope you enjoy/savour every bite – we did 😀

  • Brianne @ Natural Girl Modern World
    13/02/2016 at 2:59 pm

    Hey ladies! So happy to have stumbled across your blog. Honey + pepper + cloves seem like an awesome sweet / savory flavor combo for strawberries. I’m totally sold! Thanks for sharing:D

    • Wandercooks
      14/02/2016 at 11:05 pm

      Welcome, glad to see you here! Yes! It is, and what’s even crazier is how strong the strawberry actually overpowers the cloves. You’d have thought it would be the other way around.

  • Renee
    13/02/2016 at 2:21 pm

    What an interesting combination of flavors! Sounds yummy!

    • Wandercooks
      14/02/2016 at 11:04 pm

      Yes, it’s a little bit out there and it may be crazy – but it works! Looking forward to trying with some other fruits next.

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