Amongst teaching the baby how to sleep (thanks to a technique from Jo Ryan of Baby Bliss), to taking the baby for her first swim (so cute) - we hosted a long lunch over the weekend, and I put my hand up to make dessert. Speedy cooking is vital lately - so I chose my old fallback of roasted fruit. It's usually peaches, but I decided on strawberries this time. It's the balsamic vinegar that makes the dish. Try it next time when you want to impress in the visual stakes, but would prefer to be spending time round the table and not in the kitchen.
Clean and slice strawberries in to good size chunks. Place in a roasting dish and sprinkle with brown sugar. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and toss well. Roast in a 180 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve the strawberries (and syrup) with a good quality vanilla ice cream. I made puff pastry love hearts just for fun - simply paint the shapes with egg and pop in to the oven for 5 minutes.
Enjoy (and how sweet would this be for a Valentines Day treat - share plate style).