Strawberry Barbecue Sauce

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We are in the middle of august and it is getting harder and harder to find any decent strawberries. But all god things must come to an end and if you are lucky you may still find local strawberries of good quality outside the supermarkets. And if you do, I then suggest you prepare a few bottles of this strawberry barbecue sauce. Because we still have many more beautiful summer days full of barbecuing, right?

This barbecue sauce made of strawberries is delicious. It is sweet, rich, smokey and with a hint of rosemary. You may roast the strawberries in the oven before adding them to the sauce pan. If you do so you will loose a bit of the strawberry flavor but instead the flavor will become deeper and even more rich! I love this sauce and I will make it again and again, summer after summer!

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Strawberry Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg strawberries
  • 200 g sugar
  • 1 dl / 0.5 cup white wine vinegar
  • 5 tbsp Japanese soy sauce
  • 1-2 red chili peppers
  • 0.5 tsp fresh rosemary leaves
  • 0.5 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 0.5 tsp garlic powder / 2 fresh garlic cloves
  • 0.5 tsp mustard powder
  • 1.5-2 tsp salt

Method:

  1. Wash the strawberries and chili. Slice the strawberries and chop the chili and garlic (if fresh) finely.
  2. Add all ingredients, except the salt, to a large sauce pan and bring to boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer until the strawberries are soft and squashy. This will take around 15 minutes.
  3. Add salt after taste.
  4. Remove from heat and mix until the texture becomes smooth.
  5. Bring to boil one last time and then pour into sterilized bottles and store in a cool place. If the jars are properly sterilized and stored in cool place the sauce will keep for many months.

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Veggie Pintxos & Eating In Bilbao – Basque Country

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We almost just arrived home after our yearly visit at my mother-in-laws-house in Basque Country. This year (just like last year) we took a few days of trying awesome veggie eateries. This time we had a closer look at the veggie pintxos of Bilbao, a completely vegan “pastelerĂ­a” (cake shop) and a vegan bar serving lots of Japanese inspired goodies and much more!

A few words need to be said about Pintxos. Pintxo is the Basque version of tapa and is a snack often served on a small piece of bread with a skewer stuck into it. Pintxos are normally eaten as a snack at the bars before lunch where people meet and hang out. You may find pintxos at the bars even after this hour but maybe not the same selection of them. As a vegan or vegetarian you may feel a bit left out when your friends try one yummy pintxo after the other and when all of them contain either meat, fish or seafood. To our big joy we have recently discovered that in Bilbao (the biggest city in Basque Country) there are several bars that are either specialized in veggie pintxos or have a few high quality pintxos in their selection. Below we list all the places that we tried this year and that we think are worth a visit.

  1. Txarloska – a vegan pastelerĂ­a (cake shop) that sells delicious looking cakes! This is the first shop we have ever been to that only sells cakes completely free from ingredients with animal origin. Txarloska is a very sweet little shop with the most incredible cakes and the most friendly staff. The owner also had a lot of yummy suggestions of where to have more vegan culinary experiences in the city. Obviously we tried some of cakes and I can tell you that one of them was the best cake I have ever had!
  2. K2 – is a bar situated in the old part of Bilbao (just like Txarloska) in a street called Somera. In this street you will find more than one bar that has vegan pintxos. A girl working at K2 told us, that some time ago, there had been a competition between the bars of who could make the best vegan pintxo. After this many of the bars continued to sell vegan pintxos. K2 was the winner in the competition and the winning pintxo is presented in the picture above. We tried it and we were definitely not disappointed! K2 always has a selection of both vegan and lacto ovo vegetarian pintxos.
  3. Tirauki – next to K2 you will find the bar Tirauki that serves almost exclusively vegan pintxos. At the time we were there I saw only two pintxos that were not vegan. It was so nice with such a big amount to choose from. This is not something you are spoiled with as a vegetarian.
  4. Muga – is a rock bar that serves veggie pintxos, sandwiches, hamburgers, salads and much more. I have written about Muga once before but I wanted to include it to this list too due to their big selection of veggie pintxos.
  5. La Camelia – a small vegan bar that serves (among other things) sushi and more Japanese inspired dishes, soups, cold pressed juices and cakes. Everything is vegan and most of it organic. They also have products available for sale like: tea, beverages, tofu, oil, Japanese delicacies and dry goods. The interior is made by the owners themselves which gives the place a nice atmosphere. We tried some of their cold pressed juices and we give them the highest grade. They were delicious!!

If you are interested in knowing more about vegetarian eating in Basque Country you may have a look here.

DSC_39940097-Pintxos at the bar K2.

DSC_39920095-Here you see the winning contribution (the one with zucchini) to the vegan pintxo contest.

DSC_39950098-Another masterpiece.

DSC_40330135-Eating pintxos makes you really happy!

DSC_40750177-Outside the bar Muga the street performer had some serious competition.

DSC_40600162-And while our daughter was entertaining we tried some delicious pintxos.

DSC_40540156-I mean just look at it, I would like another right now!

DSC_42420030-The street Somera had a lot to offer. Here the bar Tirauki.

DSC_42330021-Tirauki had the biggest selection of vegan pintxos. We arrived in the middle of the “pintxo rush hour” and when we left the bar there were almost not any left.

DSC_42360024-A sandwich pintxo.

DSC_42380026-The more typical one on a piece of bread with a skewer.

DSC_42220010-Txarloska our new favorite cake shop!

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DSC_42200008-We had one piece of this coffee cake (or was it cappuccino?), another piece of an apple cake and a chocolate cupcake.

DSC_42430031-30 minutes later in the park. I absolutely loved that coffee cake!

DSC_41040206-Hello La Camelia vegan bar! Great juice and the best company.

DSC_40910193-Inside the bar ordering juice.

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