Saturday, June 27, 2009

International House of Chicks Fruit Salad

By popular request, the fruit salad.

Here's whats in it:

Equal amounts of cherries & blueberries
Fresh lemon basil, about 3-6 leaves, minced
Fresh mango, tossed in a dab of lemon juice.

It should be noted that the first iteration of this salad had slices of navel orange in it. I didn't have that, so I swapped in the mango & lemon, and honestly I think I like this better.

The most important thing about this recipe is the lemon basil. That's what gives it that magic ooo! summer! flavor. After that, I will say that there's no point in making it at all unless the fruit is very ripe and fresh, and that if you use the mango rather than oranges, the lemon juice is also very important. Because all of these fruits (especially mangoes) are very sweet when fully ripe, you do need the acidity from the lemon or the flavor will be very flat and one-dimensional.

Whats with the title... uh, for those of you who may not know:

A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away (dun-dun DUN)
Three chinkabilly sisters lived together in a house on Hamilton Place.

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