One of the things that has stuck with me most from ‘Yes Please’ by Amy Poehler is the idea that when people are trying to choose a career, instead of asking ‘What do you want to do?’, we should ask ‘What would you do anything to avoid?’. I totally agree. Nothing shines a glaring spotlight on what you want to do, than days and weeks spent something that you really fucking hate doing. It’s the reason I feel so strongly that everyone should have at least one terrible job in their life.
I also think it’s a cool way to think about the New Year. Instead of focusing on what you want, making goals and resolutions and grand plans, think about what you really really don’t want. It’s not a better or worse way of looking at things, but it certainly does provide a different perspective. It shines a light on the things that are really important…to avoid. It also highlights the things that scare you the most. Sometimes looking those things right in the face makes it real easy to scratch the unimportant things off the list.
What does this have to do with fruit salad? Well, I have strong feelings about fruit salad. I have a lot to say about what a fruit salad SHOULD NOT be. It should not be mushy. It should not be watery. It should not contain EITHER apple or banana (although an apple-only salad would be fine)(I hate bananas). Here’s the thing – when you add banana to a fruit salad, everything just ends up tasting like different textures of banana. And apple is way too texturally different to all the other fruits. Beautiful soft berries and juicy melon and bursting grapes and then a chunk of sharp apple? No good.
This is my recipe for a fruit salad that DOESN’T SUCK. Those piles of giant, soggy, waterlogged, bruised fruit, studded with slimy banana can get straight into the bin. Instead, I want crisp chunks of watermelon, ripe, floral peaches, raspberries and blueberries, and the barest scattering of tart juicy redcurrants, all spritzed with a super-light, barely there lime syrup. Not only does this fruit salad not suck, it’ll change the way you think about eating fruit. This is a luxurious experience. Decadent even. And it is exactly the opposite of what I don’t want. And I’ve got a secret luck feeling that maybe 2016 will be the same! Tell me – what will you do anything to avoid this year?
- ¼ small watermelon
- 1 punnet blueberries
- 1 punnet raspberries
- small handful redcurrants
- 3 ripe yellow peaches
- 2 limes
- 1 tbsp icing sugar (aka powdered sugar)
- Wash and pick over all the fruit. Slice the watermelon into smallish chunks, the peaches into thin wedges, and halve any particularly large raspberries.
- Arrange the melon, berries, and peaches on a serving platter.
- Zest and juice the limes into a small bowl, and then whisk in the sugar until it dissolves.
- Pour the lime syrup over the fruit, toss gently to coat and serve immediately.