?

Log in

entries friends calendar profile Previous Previous Next Next
Three things - Karen's Musings
Random Rambling
estherchaya
estherchaya
Three things
Three Things I plan to buy today:
1. Law and Order: The Third Year (pre-order)
2. White House Nannies
3. A 28-80mm camera lens (I'm haven't figured out where to get it yet...couple of possibilities...so no link)

Hoooray!

(oh, yeah, and I should probably buy fruit and salad makings or some such thing, but that's different)

Current Mood: excited excited

12 comments or Leave a comment
Comments
From: lola100 Date: May 12th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you add any dressing to your fruit salad or is it just fruit? And what should I put in it this time of year?

I'm having my in laws for shabbos and my father in law LOVES fruit salad. I'm already his favorite daughter in law, but I want it to stay that way ;)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 12th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
This time of year the fruit doesn't need any dressing. I like to have a nice, big, huge, juicy pineapple as the base (melon, I find, is less flavorful... plus it tends to give me migraines).

This time of year I'd start with pineapple, cut up some nice strawberries (bright red doesn't mean tasty, but if you smell them, you should get a big whiff of that delicious strawberry scent), kiwi, blueberries (if you like them; I hate them), honey dew and canteloupe should both be fine this time of year. I also cut up one of those itty bitty tiny round watermelons. They are usually pretty sweet and they aren't overwhelming to buy since they're pretty tiny. I also love, love, love mango, so I highly recommend finding a nice ripe mango. If it's not ripe yet, stick it in a paperbag on the counter for a day or two and it will ripen.

I don't use bananas because they get too mushy. I don't use oranges because they're a pain in the rear to section, unless you use canned fruit, which I don't care for in fruit salad, and I don't use too many berries this time of year (e.g. blackberries, raspberries), becaue they won't be at their sweetest until summer.

A lot of people put grapes in their fruit salad as well, which I don't tend to care for. I'd rather eat grapes separately for some reason.

A nice way to serve it is to hollow out half a watermelon and cut the edge of the watermelon in a /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ shape. Then fill it with the fruit salad.

If the fruit salad isn't sweet enough, you can squeeze an orange over it, or add a little simple syrup (water and sugar, or a liqueur and sugar), but I don't find that necessary. Particularly if your pineapple is nice and sweet and juicy!
From: lola100 Date: May 12th, 2005 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you cut it up right before you serve it or cut it up and store it in the fridge?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 12th, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I normally cut it up while Seth's at shul and serve it for dessert. So it sits in the fridge for a bit, but not for too long. I tend not to like it the next day, except for the pineapple.
From: lola100 Date: May 12th, 2005 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just got back from the store - went on lunch break. Here's what I got:

Pineapple (I hope it's juicy - how do I tell?)
Mango (is it ripe if it's soft?)
cantaloupe
strawberries (they smell good)
Grapes

Is that enough? Or should I get more? And what?

I'll cut it up shabbos morning and let it sit in the fridge. I hope it's good!!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 12th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
that should be enough, depending on how many you're serving.

Mango is ripe if it's slightly soft (and usually it will not be completely green). It's sort of hard to describe, really.

The pineapple shouldn't be too green...if it's too green it won't be juicy. Other than that, you don't want it to be too squishy when you push on it, but it should have a little give. Mostly with pineapples, you have to cut into it to be sure.

If I were making it, I'd layer the fruit in this order: Pineapple, canteloupe, mango, strawberries (in a ring around the edge), grapes (in a circle inside the strawberry ring). I don't mix it up until I'm about to serve it, because I like it to be all pretty and stuff.

You can also sprinkle walnuts or craisins or dried apples over the top for a little different texture.
From: lola100 Date: May 12th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Should I cut up the strawberry?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 12th, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, I would.

I cut everything up into very small pieces, but that's because that's how I like them. If you're cutting them into bigger chunks, just cut the strawberries in half (after cutting the tops off). Probably don't need to cut up the grapes, unless you're cutting everything into very small pieces, in which case, cut the grapes in half.

I find that the small pieces bring the flavors out more and allow them to mix better, but it's also EXTREMELY time consuming.
From: lola100 Date: May 12th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cutting the fruit into small pieces makes it more of a fruit "salad" rather than just some cut up fruit. So I think I'll go with that - If I have the time.

The cantaloupe and strawberries I can really cut up before shabbos and store in separate containers.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 12th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd sooner go with cutting up the canteloupe and pineapple before shabbos. Cut strawberries tend to get limp pretty quickly.
From: lola100 Date: May 12th, 2005 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
'kay. Thanks.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 12th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
P.S. But still store them in separate containers in the fridge.
12 comments or Leave a comment