We've been having a real heat wave this week with our temperatures soaring up into the high 20's, accompanied with high humidity. I don't handle the heat well. It saps all my energy. Todd, on the other hand, soaks it up like a sponge.
This is barbeque weather . . . salad season . . . stay out of the heat of the kitchen season . . .
Yesterday I made this delicious fruit salad that was really refreshing. I just took whatever fruit I had on hand in the kitchen and chopped it up into a bowl. What makes this just a touch different than an ordinary fruit salad though . . .
is the tasty spicy marinade. mmmm . . . red chili and ginger . . .
*Spiced Fruit Salad*
Nothing could be more refreshing in the summer than a delicious fruit salad for dessert. Healthy, colourful and, in the case of this one, sweetly spiced! It's a real pleaser!
110g (1/2 cup) of caster sugar (superfine)
4 slices of fresh ginger
1 small red chili, cut in half
4 ounces (1/2 cup) water
Juice and zest of 2 limes
fruit, a mixture of watermelon, honeydew melon, mango, banana, cherries,pineapple, kiwi fruit etc., sliced and chopped
(enough for 4 portions)
Put the sugar into a saucepan over medium heat along with the water, ginger and chili. Heat until the sugar melts. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Add the lime juice and zest. Remove the chili and ginger.
Put the fruit into a bowl. Pour the syrup over. Place in the fridge to marinate for 30 minutes. Serve chilled on it's own or with some ice cream or sorbet if desired.