Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cooking With Derp 2: The Cookening

Well folks, its raining like crazy here and I'm feeling a bit down so how about some tasty food to cheer us up?  I like to eat healthy, and I'm working on losing weight but I also love food.  It's quite possible to balance it all out and eat great, lose weight, drop your cholesterol and all that.  Last time I showed you a soup recipe, so now let's go to the dessert.  Just like a table setting, we're working from the outside in.

Don't eat it just yet, finish your greens.


If you don't like fruit, then there's something wrong with you.  Strawberries are one of my favorites.  They go on anything, and even with a certain unlikely ingredient  that's featured in the dessert today: balsamic vinegar.  This recipe is, from what I read, a more European equivalent of strawberry shortcake.  It also happens to be a lot healthier. Depending on how you make it the caloric value is about 150 calories, way better than ice cream or pound cake.

So, you'll need:
2 cups sliced strawberries
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Pinch of freshly cracked black pepper
1 Tbsp butter (if you're using a pan, keep reading)
2-4 wedges/slices of angel food cake (can use sugarless if you want)
1" thick Whipped cream (if you like)


Preparation
Slice strawberries however you like and put them in a bowl with the balsamic and pepper to marinate for about 15 minutes.  Heat up a grill, stovetop grill or skillet.  If using the skillet add the butter, otherwise you don't need it.  Throw your slices of angel food cake on and cook it on med until it browns and caramelizes slightly.  Remove to a plate and add the strawberries and liquid.  Finish with a small scoop, SMALL, scoop of whipped cream if you like.  I personally don't care for it so I added nothing but a little powdered sugar for contrast.
Oh lawd, you just want to lick your screen now don't you?
You might be turned off at first but you should really give it a try.  The only really expensive ingredient is the balsamic.  With this stuff you really do get what you pay for.  You don't have to get the 100 dollar bottle that's locked up and in a wooden crate, but don't get the 2 dollar store brand bottle.  Good balsamic vinegar has a mild flavor and when mixed with the strawberries it really enhances the sweetness and rounds it out giving the whole dish a full-bodied flavor.  The texture of the strawberries is just starting to change, especially if you're using the fresher kind which is still firm, and mixed with the crunchy sweetness of the angel food cake...well, your mouth will be singing trust me.  


All in all you can't beat a simple, fancy and healthy dessert.  Try making it for your special person, show off to mom and dad, impress the kids, apologize to the neighbor for all that loud, creepy sex you're always having (no one likes a braggart, and bringing home drifters is unsafe), or just dine in alone and have an evening with the cats and Tom Bergeron.  
DIVE BOMB INTO THE BEST DESSERT OF YOUR LIVES

29 comments:

  1. holy christ that looks good...my kids would love that.

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  2. I like the way you designed your blog :)

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  3. NO DAMMIT THIS BEFORE GREENS!
    lol nice blog you have here bro

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  4. I'm an avid reader of yours so I'd appreciate it if you headed over to my blog and voted in my poll and stuff =)

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  5. STRAWBERRIES! Where did you get strawberries? The season is over! :<

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  6. Looks really good. Seasons don't matter to a society such as ours, we can create artificial environments that can grow strawberries. Think greenhouse.

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  7. I do agree with your little Derp saying up top, lol

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  8. I highly approve of these cooking posts!

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  9. derp - its a living.

    smoochies n' poopies! :*

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  10. That does look and sound delicious, would make a nice alternative to the usual strawberry shortcake from time to time.

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  11. Fuck yeah son I love food and cooking.

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  12. My strawberries just went bad and now I want them more than ever, fuck you.

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  13. That looks seriously amazing. I'm not totally convinced on the balsamic vinegar but I'm definately going to give it a shot.

    Gratz on eating healthier!

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  14. @Snickelsox: They do go bad so quickly don't they...

    @Asher: I was skeptical at first but it's really really good and doesn't taste like you'd think AT ALL

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  15. oh my god that look so damn good.

    started a new blog!

    http://as-luciddreaming.blogspot.com/

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  16. man that looks soooo good i really wanan try that

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  17. I'm not a big strawberry fan.
    But i would try this.
    Looks yummy.

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  18. interesting, cant wait to see more :)

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  19. i now have the munchies, well I already had the munchies, this just made it worse

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  20. i can't believe u did that :))

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  21. I love cooking but I'm not a fan of desert xD

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