Strawberries With Syrup

adapted from Martha Stewart by Lori Ann Spears
1 lb strawberries-if they are small (like AK grown strawberries) leave -em, if they are large slice /em
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 strips lemon zest (I just use a paring knife and slice about a 1/2″ by 1/4″ bit of peel)
1/2 tsp black peppercorns
Whipped cream

Place strawberries in heatproof bowl.  Combine water, sugar, vanilla, almond extract, lemon zest and peppercorns in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to a simmer and cook for about 1 minute.  Pour over strawberries, through a strainer (or just remove zest pieces and pepper corns.  Cool, cover and place in fridge for about 1/2 hour.  (Make before dinner and cool during dinner).  Serve with syrup (it’s really yummy) and top with whipped cream.

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