Fruit Salad ala Tita Linda

The fruit salad recipe that we are used to is the one with cream and fruit cocktail, or maybe even buko (coconut) and condensed milk.  Some years ago, however, I discovered one that was perfect for hubby, who loves fresh fruits!

A very special lady, Tita Linda, shared her recipe with me several Christmases ago.  It was quite easy – just cube fresh fruits of your choice and toss them in a fruit salad bowl.  Squeeze lemon or calamansi juice and sprinkle some sugar (or sugar substitute) to taste and toss until mixed.  Serve chilled.  Viola!  Great dessert.

Last night, we had our “traditional” Noche Buena… crab sotanghon, Mutsarap chicken, chopsuey… and dessert – Fruit Salad ala Tita Linda.

For this salad, I used 2 apples, 1/2 of a cantaloupe, 1/2 a papaya, a bunch of black grapes (seedless type), 1/4 of a watermelon, kiwis, 1 large Sunkist orange, 1/2 a (sourish) pineapple, and 2 bananas.  I mixed orange juice and calamansi for the “dressing”.

Sadly, Tita Linda passed away last year.  We miss her so and remember her this Christmas through her fruit salad.



Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is nothing but a marketing gimmick.  But I admit to being somewhat of a sucker for it.  Why?  Because it is only on this day that hubby will give me flowers!

This year I got a bouquet with an “I miss you” sign… Uh… I asked him what that was about and he looked puzzled.  He didn’t realize that the sign said “I miss you”!



In any case, we’ve learned the hard way that we should NEVER go out on Valentine’s Day.  Not that we don’t want to celebrate our love on Valentine’s Day, it’s just we do not want an overpriced dinner, and the horrendous traffic we have to go through just to get to that overpriced dinner!

It is more special that we spend it together, even if it is at home.  As for the dinner?  A special one cooked by his loving wife is more than enough!

So for breakfast, he had homemade sunflower-seed whey bread and frittata.  For dinner, a super delicious, albeit spicy, crab laksa with glass noodles.  And for dessert?  a heart shaped brownie to signify love!

Oh, by the way, ever since the little girl came into our lives, hubby (her daddy) also gives her flowers… usually a rose!