Instagram is a purveyor of many things: The skinny tea model, the destination you'd never heard of but must immediately travel to, and the rainbow smoothie bowl with a hundred different superfood powders and star shaped fruit cuts. On a more subtle level, but equally as able to induce jealousy, I'd say, is the seasonal food envy. While I'm sweating away in an Australian summer, eating an icypole in my undies, I lust for the cosy, wintery scenes of elsewhere that pop up on my newsfeed. Such is the dilemma I'm currently facing: the fresh, bright, summery salads of the Northern hemisphere, 'liked' while attempting to keep one hand warm by sitting on it.
I decided to add a slightly seasonal twist to a caprese, by roasting strawberries in balsamic and brown sugar. I say slightly because strawberries do not belong to winter (although there is currently a glut of cheap ones in Melbourne, global warming dat you?) but roasting definitely does.
1 punnet strawberries
1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons brown sugar
Pinch of sea salt
1 bunch of basil
2 large Roma or large Heirloom tomatoes
1 punnet cherry or lil Heirloom tomatoes (different colours are fun but not necessary)
1-2 250g tub of Burrata (the better quality the better!)
1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
2. In a bowl, mix together your balsamic, brown sugar, and sliced strawberries, and mix well. Set aside to marinate while the oven heats up.
3. Pop the strawberries in the oven on baking paper for 15-20 minutes, or until they're super juicy. You can give them a spray of olive oil if you wish.
4. While they're cooking, chop the tomatoes and basil, and pop them in a large bowl. Cover with olive oil and a generous pinch of sea salt.
5. Take the strawberries out of the oven and allow them to cool just a little bit. Tear up the burrata and add it to the tomatoes. Assemble them on a plate, and top with the strawberries (they're too delicate to be mixed into the tomatoes) extra basil if you have some, and a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar, if you're into it.