Strawberries and the Beach

I enjoy the experience of creating, whether it’s creating a blog post, pictures, an almond tart or even dinner experiences. If I have created something, then it is a day well spent.

Idleness is my biggest pet peeve, and I’m strictly stubborn about being un-idle.  I don’t go to the movies, I don’t watch TV and I don’t just do nothing.

But there’s something about spending the whole day lying on the beach that’s so satisfying. At sunset with my hair curled from the sea water and my shoulders rosé from the sun, I always have a feeling of contentment.

Is it being close to nature? Or maybe it’s being close to a body that is full of power and energy, two things I’m constantly attracted to.

Rather than a spot to get away, the beach is a place that reenergizes me.

With my book in hand, I always find myself drifting off to the sea. Staring at its endless horizon, it’s crashing waves and admiring the unknown of what it holds in its deepest blue.

So it’s not surprising that every Friday, regardless of weather, you’ll find me on the beach!

Leaning into my fridge, I see beautiful strawberries my mother purchased a few days ago and remember Jamie. Opening my drawer full of One of These Days Recipes I find Jamie’s Charred Eggy Bread With Strawberries and Honey and think this is the perfect pre beach breakfast, fresh yet filling.

Getting my mise en place in order, I take out a must have in everyone’s kitchen, a cast iron stove top grill. Living 60 something floors up, I may not have the luxury of a barbeque but I have something that comes close. Cooking on a cast iron grill makes everything crispier rather than soggier which I get from everyday pans.

Dipping my bread into the organic egg and milk mixture, I dust it with sugar and place it on the bottom half of the hot grill and it welcomes it with a sizzle. I then throw my sliced and sugar dusted strawberries on the top half.

Waiting for everything to caramelized, I have a sip of coffee and flip through my summer plans.

A few minutes later I plate my toast, top it with a spoonful of ricotta, grilled strawberries then honey and finally lemon zest.

The warm bread forms a crispy crust from the caramelized sugar while the ricotta cools the almost soft strawberries with a sprinkle of lemon zest for freshness.

Casually enjoying my last slice of strawberry and smudge of honey, I never rush food, I put on my swimming suit, kaftan, hat, sunglass, and towel in hand, off I go.

And yes, I did ‘borrow’ the towel from Jumeirah Beach Hotel, but with the amount I pay for a single day entrance, on the rare occasion I don’t go to a public beach, I should be taking home the beach chair as well.

A beautiful day at the beach makes everything colorful again!

For the link to the full recipe, click here.




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    1. This post makes me feel like going to the beach. Lovely photos of Dubai’s beach!

    2. I know your fascination for the ‘secret beach’ – so when I saw the title had a ‘beach’ mentioned – I just had to hop in! I’m so loving the retro type of images:)

      • Fork It Over Dubai

        Guilty of being obsessed with the beach.

        Thank you, I guess I was feeling a bit retro when I was editing the photos!

        I’m glad you liked them!


    3. Farah

      CarmeIsed strawberries, such a good idea to add to the eggy bread i give little Hayah every morning. Im sure she’ll welcome it! Thanks for the idea

    4. I’m pretty sure I know the exact spot of beach you were on. I walk there every day. Sadly not on the beach, but by it, because of my dogs. However, just looking at the stretch of sand and sea is energizing and calming at the same time. Love eggy bread! Really enjoyed this post Tala.

      • Fork It Over Dubai

        Thank you Sally! It means a lot coming from you! Just trying to experiment with different types of posts. :)

        Yes I remember your house is somewhere in the area, and I recognize some of your Instagram pictures!