Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fresh Fruit Salad, it's a dessert, not a salad

I was taught from an early age how to cook and clean by my mam and my Nana.  When I was in Grammar (High) School I took Home Economics one year.  Total waste of time for me, as I had been cooking for years.  I remember one of the first things we had to make was scrambled eggs..........of course some people had no idea, so they were learning a lot.

One of the recipes we made was Fresh Fruit Salad, which is a dessert, not a salad.  I have made this many times over the years and is a great way of using up fruit.

Here is the recipe:

Fresh Fruit Salad

1 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar (4 oz)
juice of half lemon

Assorted fruit

Place water and sugar in a pan, and bring to boil; stirring until sugar has dissolved.  Cool.

When liquid has cooled, add lemon juice and chopped/sliced fruit of your choice.

I added, one apple, a jar of canned pears, a tin of mandarin oranges, a banana, some watermelon and a handful of seedless grapes.

Pineapple, strawberries, kiwi, and regular oranges are also good in it.  It's light and refreshing on a hot summer's day.  I like mine with Carnation Milk.

I didn't get as much done as I would have liked on Wednesday, as the humidity was just plain awful.  However, I got the closets primed inside.  A large load of laundry done.  Made dessert.  Did some cleaning and got some phone calls made.  So all was not lost.


John said...

My Fruit salad is fresh fruit as in season but I prefer a piece of rockmelon peeled and chopped, 1/2 an orange peeled, quartered and chopped, 4 Strawberries chopped, Contents of one passion fruit, sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of sugar over top, sprinkle with lime or lemon juice (shop bought is OK), mix well and serve chilled - have it every second morning for breakfast.

LizBeth said...

I told the ComputerSon that the goal this month was to survive August. So he says, what about September? I said, We'll look back and say, Whew! We survived August.

We're all in this together! Liz

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I really enjoy fruit salads and this one looks really delicious!! I also took "Home Ec" in school and was ahead of some of the girls in the class too (boys never took the class, they took auto-mechanics) I couldn't understand how they didn't even know how to make biscuits! I wonder if they know how to now or do they think they just come right out of a can?

Stephanie V said...

Fresh fruit salad is a lovely treat. I usually just use whatever I have but I always want to have some blueberries in it.

I had the same experience with Home Ec since I could certainly cook and sew those ridiculously basic things we were 'taught'. A complete lesson on boiling eggs comes to mind!

John said...

I never took Home Ec - my all boys school didn't even have it as an option (LOL) - but my mum taught me to cook and i like cooking, do it frequently.

I'm amazed at how many people who do 'cook' cannot poach an egg!

Blueberries are lovely but at present they are $4.50AUS for 100gms - too dear for me!

JudiB said...

Oh yummy..your right just right for a hot day. Thanks for posting will try it out.
Feels a little cooler already and looking forward to a nice cool weekend.

Teresa said...

I just love a fresh fruit salad, and your glaze looks like it would be perfect. I"ll have to try this one.


Rose said...

Sounds delicious!

Something I really like in summer is tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, bell pepper, cauliflower anything else you might like cut in to small chunks and covered with Italian dressing. I like to let it soak for at least a couple hours...if you like tangy stuff this is really refreshing on a hot day.