Baked strawberries with olive oil
Hull the strawberries, then slice in half and place in a small ovenproof dish. Sprinkle with sugar, stir carefully and let stew for about 15 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and black pepper. Bake at 300°F for 20-25 minutes, or until tender. Baking time will depend on how ripe the berries are. Allow to cool, then store in a glass container or serve immediately.
Smoked Castello Double Crème White
Place the two cheese halves together to create a round of cheese and place in a grill-proof tray. Place in the freezer to chill.
Combine the sawdust, bay leaves, juniper berries and fennel seeds in a separate aluminum smoking tray. Place the smoking tray directly onto the coals or over a burner so it begins producing smoke quickly. Close the lid of the grill to let the smoke collect and allow the smoke to build up for 10 minutes.
Remove cheese from freezer and add to the grill. Avoid any direct heat and place the cheese as far from the heat source as possible. The cheese should be as cold as possible when you put it in so it doesn’t melt too quickly.
Smoke the cheese for approx. 12-20 minutes. The longer you leave it, the stronger the smoked flavor.
Serve with the baked strawberries and some good, crunchy bread.