Fancy Fruit Platter

With the festivities of the Christmas season now in full swing, I wanted to share with you one of my favourite additions to the family breakfast table.  For when the sun is shining, and day ahead is filled with family and celebrations, we like to keep things light and simple at breakfast time (no doubt saving all important calories for later in the day).

Namely – a Fancy Fruit Platter.

Put a bowl of whole fruit in front of me, and I will look at it with relative ambivalence. But slice the fruit and make it into a salad or a fruit platter? Well you won’t keep me (or the kids!) away from it.

On this occasion we filled the platter with all the wonderful seasonal fruits the market had on offer.  Mango, melon, pineapple, pear, passionfruit, kiwi fruit, apricots, nectarines, strawberries, grapes and blueberries.

Served with some lovely vanilla bean yoghurt and honey granola, and we had ourselves quite the delicious start to the day.

Cocktail Hour: Pimm’s Jug

In what I suspect will be a regular feature this Summer, I couldn’t help but put a cocktail on the menu when we had friends around for a BBQ recently. And while I was tempted to serve another Santorini Sunrise, the warmer temperatures had me craving Pimm’s.  The bonus being that I could make a jug before our guests arrived, ready to be poured with little delay once they had settled in. I can’t remember when I first tried Pimm’s, although I have a feeling it was when we travelled to London. Given that Pimm’s is a rather iconic English drink, well it wouldn’t surprise me at all.

On this occasion I went with a mixture of both lemonade and dry ginger ale, making sure to also fill the jug with oranges, strawberries, limes, mint and, of course, cucumber.

And, as one jug soon turned into two, well it proved to be the perfect cocktail for a summery afternoon with friends.


Print Recipe
Pimm's Jug
Course Cocktail
Cuisine Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
glasses
Ingredients
Course Cocktail
Cuisine Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
glasses
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Grab a large jug and half fill it with ice. Add half of the fruit and mint to the jug (and divide the remaining fruit and mint between 4 serving glasses).
  2. Add the Pimm's, lemonade and dry ginger ale to the jug, and stir gently to combine.
  3. When ready to serve, add ice to the glasses, and pour over the Pimm's mixture.
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Mesquite fruit bars

Happy new financial year lovely people! I *should* probably be starting on our tax returns, or perhaps working on finalising the business books, but instead I want to share with you this tasty little treat that made an appearance in the BBB kitchen this past weekend. Filled to the brim with dried fruit, oats and coconut… IMG_0220 And flavoured with a new ingredient – mesquite powder – I was really pleased with the end result. IMG_0216 The batter was not unlike a cake batter – and resulted in a bake that was light yet moist. IMG_0222IMG_0224 Finished with some melted dark chocolate and a sprinkle of coconut… IMG_0227 And we had ourselves quite the tasty treat for afternoon tea. IMG_0228 I loved all the “hidden” surprises – with the yummy dates and apricots shining through. Not to mention the sunflower seeds for crunch. IMG_0229 Definitely a great treat to add to our ‘lunch boxes’ this week – with half of the batch going into the freezer for future treats too! Feel free to email me for the recipe! What about you? Baked any interesting lunch-box treats lately?

Summer salmon loving

IMG_7267 For a while, I was really diligent at including more fish in our diet (helped too by a fishmonger opening up within walking distance from our home). But that shop closed down, and I have again become relatively non-committal to fish dinners. Not because I don’t like fish, probably more because I am still a tad intimidated by it.  But not such intimidation needed to apply for this recent salmon feast. I marinated the salmon fillets (that the fishmonger had kindly boned and skinned for me) in some lemon zest, juice and oil – then set Mr BBB to work to cook them on the BBQ. haha yep – doesn’t get much easier than that! IMG_7266 I, meanwhile, returned to the comforts of the kitchen and put together some accompaniments. IMG_7273 Starting with a tomato ‘salsa’ of sorts, with juice ripe tomatoes, lemon juice, zest, and coriander. IMG_7272 And a side salad with spinach, red onion, cucumber and …. nectarines! IMG_7269 Despite not normally being a fan of fruit in salads, Mr BBB agreed that it was the perfect ‘sweet’ to the ‘sour’ of the lemony salsa. IMG_7271 Overall – this was a really tasty dish – and one that I think would be perfect for a summer dinner party with friends. Simple to prepare, but packed with flavours – with the added bonus that the salmon can be cooked outside on the BBQ! A winner all round. What about you? Are you a fan of fruit in salads?