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.
We’re so excited – and not just because it’s the weekend. Or because Valentine’s Day is almost here.
We’re excited because we’re finally heading home – in less than TWO weeks.
Two weeks! Eeeeeeeee. 😀
We’re also 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. Saturday’s are the day we’ll feature 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.
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.
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?! 😀 )
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
This dish was definitely one of our favourites. I bet you’re wondering what the heck it tastes like, right?
Pepper? Cloves? With strawberries?
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!
So 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.
Honeyed Pepper Clove Strawberries
- 1 punnet strawberries sliced in half
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp water
- 8 - 10 cloves crushed
- 1 tsp black pepper crushed
- ½ pinch salt
Place the water and honey in a saucepan and gently heat until honey dissolves.
Add the crushed cloves and black pepper, and continue to heat until sauce is fragrant.
Place the sliced strawberries in a serving bowl and drizzle with the sauce. Stir well to evenly coat the strawberries.
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.