The Fruity Mystery – Macedonia di Anna

After a few weeks of fintastic and italovely holidays, I’m back in the kitchen office again! Yes, I did spend a week in Italy too and now my mind is buzzing with new ideas on recipes to try. You can expect me to get quite a bit of inspiration from this pile of souvenirs within the next months too:
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I’m especially quite proud of this apron that I bought (ok, maybe there is a teeny bit of photoshopping included in the picture…):

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Anyway, prior to getting my hands on my fabulous new cookbooks, let’s continue with something simple to celebrate the strawberry season i.e. a fruit salad. The Italian word for fruit salad (macedonia) is somewhat baffling. Why not insalata di frutta like in all the other four languages that I know? Apparently the theory is that this word really refers to the country Macedonia and it originates from the time when the area was populated by different people (such as Albanians, Greek and Armenians in addition to the Macedonians). During that period, someone felt that drawing an analogy between a fruit salad and Macedonia would make sense as both consisted of different “pieces”. My 21st century Finnish logic may fail to see the ingenuity in this comparison but I suppose that would really be beside the point…

The recipe I’m sharing today is actually my own which I have been making during the strawberry season for quite a few years now. As far as I remember, I invented this “from scratch” but interestingly enough the first Italian recipe I glanced today seems to include almost all the elements of my recipe. Well, Italian or Finnish – does it really matter as long as you ensure that you enjoy the fabulous fruits and berries of the season?

Fruit Salad with Strawberries

Serves 4

1 liter fresh strawberries

2-3 nectarines

1 chunk of melon of your choice

juice of 1 lemon

fresh mint, chopped

icing sugar

Peel and slice the fruits and strawberries and mix them with the lemon juice. Add fresh mint and sprinkle icing sugar to your taste. This fruit salad is even more flavoursome and juicy if you store it in the fridge for a few hours before serving.

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