Strawberries are everywhere at the farmers market and we can't help but buy them every time we see them until they are no more. Of course we love strawberry shortcake, but we also fall back on an old stand-by of Strawberries with Marsala. Simple, delicious and requiring no cooking, it's perfect for warmer weather (not that we have had much of it yet here in New York).
But now I'm crazy about a new way of serving berries, thanks to Pille of Nami-Nami. Jack and I met her last night at an NYC Bloggers Potluck, kindly organized by Habeas Brulee and hosted by The Paupered Chef. Pille brought an Estonian dish of Kama Mousse with Strawberries.
heard of kama? Neither had we, so don't feel bad! When we approached an alluring-looking bowl full of mounds of whipped cream and berries, Pille advised us to be aware that the dish also contained peas, barley and rye. After a closer look and seeing no peas (I had immediately thought of whole green garden peas!) I asked Pille for more information. As it turns out, kama is a powder made up of ground and roasted rye, barley and pea flour. The result is a very light-tasting and refreshing summer dish of contrasting textures and flavors-- slightly sweet and savory and smooth and grainy.
You can read all about Kama at Pilles's lovely blog, and see her recipe for Kama Mousse, as well (I wish I had taken a photo, but I just didn't plan well enough). Pille has become a sort of ambassador for Kama, sending packages of it out to interested friends and followers of Nami-Nami, and she certainly won us over last night.
And if you're a little doubtful about the idea of Kama Mousse (or more likely, just don't happen to have any kama in your pantry), here's that recipe for berries with marsala.
Strawberries with Marsala
Let the berries macerate in a mixture of marsala and sugar (about 1/4 cup of each) for several hours. When you're ready, spoon them into a glass and top them with either a sweetened mascarpone mixture (recipe below) or with sweetened heavy cream-- beaten just enough to give it body.
8 ounces mascarpone
3 tablespoons sweet Marsala
3 tablespoons whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar
Combine the mascarpone, marsala, cream, and sugar, stirring gently.