7 March 2011

Inoffensive Fruit Salad

Now I really don't like fruit - don't like the taste of it, the smell of it, hate touching it but I know that I am in a minority so when I made brunch a few weeks ago I knew it was going to be a necessity. However, I also knew that I would probably vom if there was a fruit bowl on the table and people were just eating it willy-nilly and not sticking to the rules (people who eat bananas and leave the stringy bits lying around HOW DARE YOU?) So i decided to get some fruit that I find least offensive and make a glamorous fruit salad that I could deal with.

It all went very well until I just got a little grossed out and Joe had to finish it but I directed and that's important too!
Joe finishing the fruit salad - he'll be cross he's got his glasses on in this photo


Serves 4 (easily)

500g strawberries
2 ripe mangoes
1 tub/box/punnet/thing blueberries
1 lemon
A bit of sugar

I made this in a crystal bowl I got for my christening. A bit swanky for brunch I know but a) when am I ever going to use it otherwise? and b) it fitted and made the fruit look yummy (even to me).

1. Remove all the green gross bits from the strawberries and cut them into quarters. Put them straight into your serving bowl of choice.

2. Cut the mango into cubes. They have a big stone in the middle so you but round the middle length ways a bi like you would a avocado but you have to slice it completely off the flat stone. Then you most of a half of fruit still in the skin so you cut it into cubs with a knife, invert the skin to make it look like a hedgehog and then cut each cube off individually. I haven't explained that very well have I. I shall get Joe to comment below with a more normal explanation. Anyway, plonk the cubes in with the strawberries.
Joe's mango hedgehog - you can see the other bit of mango on the work surface if that helps!

3. Tip the blueberries on top and mix with salad tongs.

4. Squeeze over the juice of half a lemon and sprinkle over a tablespoon (ish) of sugar, mix the fruit together and taste. You may want to add more lemon, more sugar or even a bit of orange juice which just sweetens the whole thing rather nicely.
Mango and strawberry fruit salad
Finished fruit salad

I actually tried a bit and it was quite nice - Joe got to have the leftovers for breakfast the next day which made me feel like a good wife.

1 comment

  1. This was delicious!

    Er, to make the mango hedgehog, slice the mango in half, feeling your way around the stone. Score a grid of deep cuts in one half. So, four vertical and six horizontal cuts, as deep as the mango itself. Then get your thumbs on the skin and turn the half inside out. Voila! Hedgehog.

    Then cut the 'spikes' of mango off in a haphazard and fiddly fashion, swearing under your breath and taking care not to cut your fingers off.


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