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
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
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.