The fourth of July is always about berries for me. I crave blackberries like candy. We have a bush in our backyard and I can’t tell you how many times I go out there and stare at it to see if those berries are done. I have eaten so many sour ones in hope that they will be ripe for the picking. Blackberries, strawberries and blueberries with fresh cream for dessert and many times for breakfast is beyond good in the summer time. Many days my fingers are black from eating so many blackberries. They remind me of the berries my grandma use to have in her backyard. She lived on a tiny island in Nova Scotia and the combination of her magic touch with foods and the salt water from the ocean that was in the air all around those berries, made them taste like sugar berries. Fat and plump they would pop in your mouth. I have been on a never-ending search to find berries like my grandma had. I will probably have to move to an island to accomplish this task. I could probably do this as long as I could have my cultures, a cow, (or raw milk), the internet, my books and family. Maybe…. someday.
There are new stores popping up all over the country that sell only specialty flavored olive oils and aged balsamic vinegar made with real fruit like strawberries and blueberries aged for many years. They are to die for and I have become completely addicted. Their oil and vinegar are lined up around the store and you can sample any of them.
I am going to apologize in advance because once you try them you too will be addicted.
This dessert was inspired from these specialty vinegar. You can use any good aged balsamic vinegar, but if you have one of these stores in your town you should check it out.
- ½ cup strawberries chopped
- ½ cup blueberries
- ½ cup blackberries
- ½ cup pitted cherries
- 2 tbsp aged balsamic Vinegar ( I used a strawberry aged balsamic vinegar)
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and let sit while you make topping.
- KEFIR TOPPING
- ½ cup kefir cheese (Greek Gods kefir cheese or make homemade kefir cheese. You can also substitute greek yogurt)
- 2 tsps of honey or 2 pcks of stevia
- Zest of ½ lemon