Mum’s fruit salad

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My mum makes these wonderful fruit salads that have so much more flavour and texture than I ever thought possible.  She gave me the recipe, and I tweaked it a little (sorry mum!)  You basically use any combination of fruit (but including a banana) and mix it with orange zest, orange juice, raisins, ginger and toasted nuts.  The nuts are the star ingredient as they add a kind of charred, slightly bitter crunch.  As long as you have the essential ingredients then you can decide what quantities to use.  The whole thing must be eaten in silence and with concentration as it is so delicious!

Mum’s fruit salad (serves however many you want)

Any combination of chopped fruit e.g. banana, kiwi, apple, satsuma, mango, pear

Sprinkle of orange zest (use a grater)

A little orange juice

Raisins (ideally soak them for at least 30 mins in warm water to plump them up)

Walnuts or pecans, dry toasted for a few minutes in a saucepan (move lots to avoid burning!)

Ginger (you can use finely chopped fresh ginger, finely chopped stem ginger from a jar or you can crumble ginger biscuits on top of the fruit salad)

Optional – chopped dates or chopped dried apricots

Optional – chopped fresh mint

Mix everything together.  Eat!  Great with a dollop of Greek or natural yoghurt.