Recently we spent a few days visiting friends in Barcelona. Although we hadn’t been expecting it, virtually every day, after hours of sight-seeing or trawling through a museum or wandering in a park, we came back to the flat and were fed a glorious 2 or 3 course home-cooked meal. One evening, as T was preparing our dessert with bits of this and that, D suggested that it could go on my blog. I thought that was a brilliant idea, particularly since it’s a good way to use up small quantities of things in the kitchen and blogging about it would be a nice way for me to say ‘thank you’.
“When I was growing up, Yaya [Grandma] always made this dessert. She was getting on a bit, but she wanted to help, and she could still do this.”
1 1/2 or 2 large oranges
Sprinkling of sugar (a packet from the cafe will do, since it didn’t go in the coffee)
1 tablespoon semi-sweet dessert wine (or lemon juice if you prefer)
Optional additional ingredients:
Chunks of pears, broken walnut pieces, pine kernels, chopped dates, etc
– Peel the oranges and cut in round slices. Break sections apart into bowl.
– Cut strawberries into rough pieces, of similar size to the orange pieces. Add to bowl, along with any optional ingredients.
– Add sugar and wine. Stir gently.
– Allow to stand for at least an hour, to allow the juices to draw out.
The four of us enjoyed this fruit salad for dessert just as it was, but T says it also makes a nice breakfast, served with traditional crispy Catalan pastries, as shown here.