Summer Berry Salad

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Phew! Kids started school today. What a relief, I can actually hear myself think again. No longer am I a victim to unwanted noise the likes of which include crying, fighting, yelling and "what are we doing today?" or otherwise "what's for lunch?" questions. At least for several hours of the day I can count myself fortunate to spend it in peaceful silence. Don't get me wrong I love my children but two months of intensive contact is just a little too much to bear. I'm one of those people that needs quiet time alone time, that's just my make-up otherwise I get exhausted real quick. I've even started a pyschocalisthenics routine every morning which I have to say is helping me get through the day without the daily power naps. Enough about surviving the day to day because I want to talk about the Berry Salad, it seems a little late to sneak this in seeing as autumn has already arrived in Stockholm. I know you're thinking fruit salad followed by really but here's the thing how many times have you enjoyed a good fruit salad? My case is that this combination works really well especially when all the fruit is at their delicious best. There's no added sauces just fruit in the purest sense.

There's so much nectarines at the grocers at the moment, pyramids of the stuff that it's hard to resist. They've travelled up from either Italy or Spain because we just don't grow the stuff here in Sweden on account of the climate. But we make up for it in the countless varieties of berries. At least 12 different types of berries are grown here and most of them are wild so it's up to you to get outside and start picking. Which is exactly what we did with the blueberries, it's back breaking work but within an hour you can accumulate enough for 2-3 jars of homemade jam. My favourite berry would have to be smultron, they look like raspberries but are much smaller and sweeter. Though it's harder to amass a quantity that would satisfy. The bushes are a little higher off the ground compared to blueberries and with fewer berries. Unfortunately for my Australian friends you will have to wait for December for those juicy ripe peaches that I remember so well!

Summer Berry Salad
I served these with oat yoghurt but it's really up to you. Oat yoghurt is readily available here in Sweden but maybe not in other countries. I haven't seen it in Australia.

2 medium size nectarines or peaches
400g strawberries
250g blueberries
125 raspberries
handful crushed hazelnuts
1 tbsp cacao nibs

Wash the fruit. Pit the nectarines (or peaches) and slice into wedges. Quarter or halve the strawberries if they are large and combine all the fruit in a bowl. Stir carefully so that the raspberries start to break up and coat the other fruit. Serve in bowls with a sprinkling of nuts and cacao nibs together with your yoghurt choice or even ice-cream. Coconut yoghurt and ice-cream is becoming increasingly accessible nowadays though not all brands are created equal. Best eaten within an hour or two and kept at room temperature.

Serves 5-6.


Sonia Cerca
August 23, 2016

Living in Italy I can easily find tasty peaches everywhere. My problem, however, is with berries. I struggle so much to find good ones. But since I love fruit salads, and I've never combined peaches and berries before, I'll have to try it.

August 24, 2016

Good luck on your berry search Sonia. I'm jealous you live in my favourite part of the world.