Strawberries and toast
There is nothing healthier than fresh strawberries on toast.
I was browsing through my other Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/shadesoftl/) when I saw a post from Leena Salim. Leena Salim is a multi-talented artist from Singapore who now resides in Australia. As a growing teenager, I loved watching her on the television series, "Under One Roof" and thanks to Netflix (Singapore) I can watch them again! Woohoo!
Aaaaanyways, I love watching her posts; she would cook up something in her kitchen and her "The Homebound Series: Songs in Isolation" where she would "jazz it up" songs you wouldn't think possible. Do check her out.
On this particular post, Leena showed us how she made a snack using strawberries, ricotta cheese and toast. I love anything and everything strawberries! So, I decided to try and make some for myself.
In her recipe, Leena used maple syrup, ricotta cheese and she roasted her strawberries in the oven. I was too lazy to use the oven so I dry pan-fry the strawberries instead. Dry pan-frying means no oil or butter used (just in case you are wondering). I substituted maple syrup with honey because I couldn't find it (perhaps my youngest son had used it all with his waffles!) and substituted ricotta cheese with cottage cheese.
The coolest thing about this recipe is there is NO MEASUREMENT! (Dramatic music in the background). Yep, it's purely instinctive or as we say it in Malay: "campak-campak" which literally means "throw-throw" as in "throw" the ingredients.
So here is my improv version of Leena's Strawberries on Toast.
Lazy Fikadrottning's Strawberries on Toast
Ingredients (for 1 person):
pinch of salt
bread (to toast)
butter (to spread on the toast, optional)
I used 3 huge Australian strawberries (what's left in the punnet) and sliced them. You don't need to slice them supper thin though.
Put the sliced strawberries in a bowl. Add a splash of vanilla essence (maybe about a quater teaspoon), a dash of honey (say 1-2 teaspoons) and a tiny pinch of salt.
Prepare a flat frying pan on the stove. Set it at low to medium heat. NO NEED for butter or oil. Dry pan-frying, remember?
Place the strawberries in the heated pan. Do not stir. Just let the juice slowly reduced until almost evaporated. 3-4 minutes in the pan is good enough. Turn off the heat.
In the meantime you can either toast your bread on a pan or use a toaster. Your choice.
You can spread some butter on your toast if you like. Scoop some cottage cheese onto your toast and scoop the strawberries onto your toast as well.
VOILA! IT IS READY. Serve warm with a cup of coffee or tea.