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Balsamic strawberries

We love it when the first strawberries of the season announce the eminent arrival of summer, even if they tend to be a bit tart. This is fortunately not a problem, if you serve them with balsamic vinegar!

(This recipe appears in Fay Lewis' excellent book, Be My Guest.)


  1. 250 gram strawberries
  2. 1/2 tablespoon (7 ml) balsamic vinegar
  3. 1 to 2 tablespoons icing sugar


  1. Hull and halve the strawberries and place them in a bowl.
  2. Dribble the balsamic vinegar over and dust with the icing sugar.
  3. Leave for 1 hour before serving.

Be My Guest, by Fay Lewis

Is it possible for books to radiate ambience? Be My Guest, by Fay Lewis with photographs by Neil Corder, proves that it can happen.

They used their considerable talent, and flair for food styling, to produce a book that takes it's reader on a culinary journey through South Africa: brunch on the beach, a cocktail party with Table Mountain as backdrop, a grand dinner in a very stylish dinning room, a braai (barbeque party) under the Bushveld's starry sky, a picnic in a grassy garden, even a buffet meal in the forest.

Read the full review of Be My Guest by Fay Lewis