Happy Birthday Ando!
Bow-chika WOW wow, chika-chika WOW, chika-chika WOW-wow.
Okay enough of that. People call food writing food porn, and just last week on Freshly Pressed there was a blog about how sensual fruit salad is, so I just put two and two together. I’m sorry. Won’t happen again.
I am a total fruit hound. It’s ridiculous how often I make myself sick over-eating when it comes to fruit. The Pie just shakes his head at me and tells me I am a grown-up and should know better. Then he goes and gets the Rolaids for me.
Fruit salad is the perfect summer dessert, especially after a dinner party where you have all stuffed yourselves silly. This one I made for just such a party. I find it’s good to make fruit salads the day before and leave them overnight in the fridge to let all the flavours mingle and get to know each other.
I left my regular camera in my in-laws’ truck, and so had to make do with my old one for this, which, despite weirdly exposing everything and turning every second photo a vivid purple, worked out rather well.
I happened to have a pineapple, which I expertly cored:
A watermelon, which I expertly cubed:
Some kiwi, which I expertly peeled:
Some local strawberries, which I inexpertly hulled:
Some leftover plums from the macaroon incident, which I pitted and quartered:
And a can each of mandarin orange segments and freestone peaches:
I set everything up in a mis en place so I could figure out how I was going to layer this sucker. A fruit salad should be as pretty to look at as it is tasty to eat.
Into a pretty crystal bowl went all the watermelon, pineapple, peaches, oranges, and plums. I added the juice from the pineapple as well. Don’t be afraid to mix it up with your hands. It goes with the whole sensual thing. Plus your hands don’t tend to damage the more delicate fruits like metal spoons do.
Then around the outside I layered the kiwi, about two slices wide. The strawberries I piled in the centre of the ring.
This final step is up to you, but I like to add about 2 ounces of a clear spirit, like vodka, to the mix, just to enhance the fruit flavours. Today I had tequila, so I made do with that. Cover it with plastic wrap and chuck it in the fridge overnight.Sensual? Maybe. Tasty? For sure.