Falling in Love on Valentine’s Day with ‘Cupid’s Strawberries’

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Prepare “Cupid’s Strawberries” for Valentine’s Day with the Ingredients of True Love and look for Cupid’s Arrow in the Gusto Story by Excellent Gusto! This Recipe is a signature dish by the great Chef Enzo Oliveri and inspired by the “diversity” of Love. Enzo, celebrity chef originally from Sicily, lives in London, where he is well known for the restaurant chain Fratelli La Bufala and also as a popular television personality alongside other celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Aldo Zilli. “Cupid’s Strawberries” are soaked with flavour and have an aphrodisiac aroma… a spell that will make you fall in love!

Enzo Oliveri, The Sicilian Chef, at Fratelli la Bufala restaurant in London

Enzo Oliveri, The Sicilian Chef, at Fratelli la Bufala restaurant in London

6 Ingredients of True Love:

1. Red Strawberry (Love)

2. Sugar (Tenderness and Understanding)

3. Pink Pepper (Spicy)

4. Orange (Lightness)

5. Balsamic (Tartness)

6. Butter (Relaxation)

Ingredients for ‘Cupid’s Strawberries’

Serves 4

400g strawberries, hulled; 1 tsp pink peppercorns; 40ml balsamic vinegar; 1 tbsp caster sugar; a knob of butter; 1 tbsp brown sugar; 40ml orange juice; mint leaves, to garnish.


Prepare the Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Place the balsamic vinegar in a saucepan and put on low heat with caster sugar for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and leave to cool.

Prepare the Valentine’s Day Strawberry Salsa

In a frying pan place a knob of butter, pink peppercorns and brown sugar over a gentle heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add 200g of strawberries and the orange juice, and cook for 5 minutes.

Prepare the Dessert

Distribute the remaining strawberries in 4 glasses and pour in the Valentine’s Day Strawberry Salsa. Drizzle with the reduced balsamic vinegar. Garnish with mint leaves and serve hot.

Gusto Story 

Love is…

Oh, Love! The joys and pains of love are like the sun and the rain that bring nice and bad weather… in your heart! I met the girl of my dreams in a park on a Spring day. Her hat went flying and I returned it to her. Her eyes were like two bright stars, her smile white as snow and her hair red like the fiery dawn. I fell madly in love with Mary. Upon reflecting on the serious things in life, I asked myself what Love was all about. I came to the following conclusion: “Love is…like a Strawberry: red, sweet, tart, genuine and savoury!”. Thrilled by this idea, that same evening I invited Mary to dinner and for dessert I prepared her a cup of strawberries thinking of Cupid!  –  George                                                                            

And for you, what are the Ingredients for True Love?

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Enzo Oliveri, The Sicilian Chef  in London

About the Author

CELEBRITY CHEF - I was born on the beautiful Italian island of Sicily and therefore I’m known as 'The Sicilian Chef'. I live in London where I run a chain of restaurants called Fratelli La Bufala. At my restaurant in Piccadilly Circus, on Shaftesbury Avenue, you can culturally "taste" the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies! At 16, I started to travel around Europe, the United States, and Dubai to gain experience by working in important kitchens and also to spread the Sicilian culture through its cuisine. By doing so, I have enriched my technique and created my culinary art. My style is 100% Italian! I’ve worked together with the most famous Chefs in the world and have cooked for many international celebrities. My TV show in the UK has many followers. My dishes are special in flavour and healthy, while also beautiful to look at. I think quality is very important in everything, even in customer service. I love cooking high quality products from Sicily and other regions of Italy, following the traditional methods. I teach Italian cuisine at the University level to many young people, who have a special passion for this line of work. Contact www.thesicilianchef.co.uk

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