Strawberry Tartar



Lost in Translation.

That movie of Sofia Coppola is one of my favorite. Not only because it was shot in Japan for where I lived sometime in my life. But it was quite a funny way to see how foreigners struggle in some foreign land.
When my good Japanese friend to whom I have not seen for a long time (more than seven years) wrote to me few months ago about her upcoming visit here in France. I was really euphoric. For she is more than a friend to me, she is like a younger sister to me. And besides I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to practice my japanese the language I haven't spoken for a long while. I have never imagined that it would be that hard for me to speak Japanese again for everytime I opened my mouth its french words that are coming out. It was so frustrating at the beginning but I managed to keep up.

With her meager vacation left before her grand depart for her newly signed job in Honduras as a volunteer worker for JICA, she managed to spare three days to visit me here in Southern France. Her vacation was short but meaningful. Hubby took some day off to serve as chauffer, yours truly as the tourist guide and little Mayumi as the Mascot. She enjoyed Southern France and of course a little bit of my kitchen.

I am sharing here some of our photos too. A serving of this strawberry tartar also goes to Graziana of Erbe in Cucina this week's host of Weekend Herb Blogging. That authentic herb blogging event created by Kalyn of Kalyn's Kitchen now in the caring wings of Haalo of Cook Almost Anything.



Strawberry Tartar

Ingredients:

500 g of fresh strawberries
a handful of fresh basil leaves
a handful of fresh thymes
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of balsamique vinegar
a pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper

Procedure:
This recipe is very easy and fast to make. This serves around four persons. Cut your strawberries. In a bowl mix your your vinaigrette: olive oil, salt, pepper and balsamique vinegar. With your fingers add the thyme and minced basil leaves. Toss your strawberry. I served it with some mozarella balls and jambon serrano.




The colorful market of Aix en Provence

Me and my tired daughter

View of Marseille from Notre Dame de la Garde

Mizuho, Me, Mayumi & Hubby enjoying ice-cream

The historical arena of Arles

The beautiful beach of Calanques

Our cute mascot

You can also try this other strawberry recipes:
Strawberry Gaspacho and Basil
Strawberry Sweet Sushi

33 comments:

Anh said...

Oh your daughter looks sooo beautiful! :) And what a great and simple dish you have there! It has summer written all over :)

♥peachkins♥ said...

Your daughter is soo cute and you said her name is Mayumi??

Happy cook said...

I think i am going to take youer daughter as mine as grown up :-)
Love the strawberry tartar and beautiful pictures.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That tartar is original! A delicious recipe.

Thanks for the great pictures!

Cheers,

Rosa

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow that looks colorful and yum......Cutie pie(S).....

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks delicious. The flavors of balsamic vinegar and basil go so well with the strawberries! And your daughter is beautiful.

Manggy said...

Hey, I should be so lucky as to be multi-lingual beyond the two I know! Great pics and lovely ruby red strawberries! :)

oggi said...

Aww, Mayumi is so beautiful and so cute sucking her thumb.:)

It's so timely that I have a huge container of strawberries, some are baking in a flan as I type. This tartar recipe is so perfect, I'm making it later today. Thanks for sharing.:)

Lost In Translation is also one of my faves.

Gabi said...

What a lovely family you all are. Lucky friend to have such wonderful attendants. Strawberry tartar sounds fresh and delicious.
xo

Little Corner of Mine said...

The pictures are so beautiful, would love to visit one day and your daughter is pretty.

maybelle's mom said...

your daugther looks so cute. 2 now right? And, the tartar sounds delicious.

K and S said...

that is so nice that your friend was able to visit you. looks like you had a lot of fun together.

tigerfish said...

I miss reading your blog! So you were on a vacation. Hope you had fun :D

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

So multilingual! Impressive. Oh, Mayumi's so big now! Very much a "little girl" and not even a "toddler" anymore, it seems. =)

noobcook said...

yay you're back! Your girl is soo soo adorable. And first time I "see" you too, you look so pretty & slim hehe

Graziana said...

Hi, I'm harvesting fresh basil and thyme these days... I never imagined to use them with strawberries! Thank you for sharing this with WHB!

Emily said...

I'm so jealous! Can I come visit?
You have such a nice, happy family.

Strawberry tartar is a genius idea. Love it.

pigpigscorner said...

What a great way to enjoy strawberries!

Adam said...

Keep the pics coming, they are all really cool :)

I love that movie too. Some Bill Murray movies are hits and misses, but that one is great. And with so little dialogue...

Nice job on the strawberries. I've never thought to pair them with basil.

And thanks my weekend was good. I work most saturdays for a bit, but I still find time to relax and get some sun :)

Joelen said...

What a wonderful day to spend together and that strawberry recipe looks fantastic!

♥Rosie♥ said...

YES you're back and so pleased to be viewing your posts once again - you've been missed!!

What a lovely day you have had together and your daughter is so beautiful :0) The strawberry dessert looks a sure winner.

Liliana said...

Strawberries are one of my favoruite fruits! This recipes looks delicious and refreshing!

My sister is going to Aix-Provence and Marseilles in August for the first time - she is so excited!! I am going to send her the linke to your blog so she can see the wonderful photos!

glamah16 said...

Welcome back! I need a break too. Seems like it was good one. Beautiful pictures and grat recipes as always. Love that crust for the nutty pie.

Deborah said...

I just started picking the strawberries from my garden, and this would be a perfect way to use them!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Though I don't share your love for Lost in Translation, I do share your love for this strawberry tartar. Sounds divine!

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haze said...

Nice to know you've toured her in Calanques and Notre Dame. I hope she enjoyed her stay in France even for a short time !

Nice photos, good dessert ;) !

mikky said...

looks like you guys had so much fun... and your girl looks so lovely and happy... :) wonder if i can use frozen strawberries... :)

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

Daughter is very cute! Like Mother? ;) Such a lovely smile! What great fun and delicious-looking strawberry tartare.

Susan said...

"Lost in Translation" was the first date movie my now-husband and I saw. Thanks for the memories, Hilda...and for this simply smashing dish of sweet summer fruit!

haleysuzanne said...

What a beautiful, simple preparation for summer strawberries! Lovely. I can only hope I find a few more summer berries so that I can enjoy this.

Invertir en Oro said...

Nice to know you've toured her in Calanques and Notre Dame.

recette triamisu said...

That tartar is original! A delicious recipe.

Thanks for the great pictures!

Cheers,