So we’ve been having quite the weather lately here in Minnesota. Severe thunder and wind storms have rendered our homes powerless and our streets strewn with broken trees and branches. Mother Nature decided that she was pissed at us or something, which I don’t entirely understand because people in this state have been relatively well-behaved lately.
I actually had an interesting perspective on this storm, as I was flying over it as it was happening. Yup, I was in a plane circling the Minneapolis airport for about 1.5 hours while we waited for it to be safe enough to land. It’s pretty wild to watch a storm from above the clouds – an interesting experience that I’m actually really glad I had. I’m also pretty glad that the crew put a little extra fuel in our jet at the Memphis airport because we definitely used it all up!
Man oh man though, it is so crazy how dependent we are on electricity. I’ve been running around town searching for power outlets and an internet connection like they’re crack or something. Good thing my beloved Lifetime Fitness not only has both, but they also have nice hot showers, a relaxing steam room, fresh towels, yummy soaps, lotions, hair dryers… I digress.
This is what my neighborhood looks like currently.
I’m lucky that I’ve been out of town for the past week because I don’t have a ton of groceries that are going to waste, but I had a few expensive berries that definitely needed to be made into something special. I remember seeing this recipe for a Red Fruit Salad on 101 Cookbooks using cherries and strawberries. I’ve been keeping it in the back of my mind as something I’d like to experiment around with and thankfully the prospect of losing precious berries to a power outage kicked my butt into action.
So in my version of this salad, I used raspberries, strawberries, plums and red grapes. I got some fresh mint from the garden and blended all of the flavors together with a but of olive oil and lemon juice. You can eat this right away or allow it to sit in the refrigerator for a bit while all of the juices soften the fruit up a bit more.
What will you need?
1 cup red grapes
3/4 cup raspberries
2 cups strawberries, cut into chunks
3 dark plums
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tbsp olive oil
6 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
How do you make it?
Wash all of the fruit in a colander and pat to dry.
Pick the grapes off the stem and sort through your raspberries. Put in a medium bowl.
Remove the skin from the plums gently and tear the flesh up into little bit sized pieces. Add to your bowl, along with the chopped strawberries.
Wash the mint leaves and chop them into fine pieces. Add to the top of the fruit, along with the olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon juice.
Gently mix the salad up, so as to coat everything with … everything else.
And behold. So I guess while Mother Nature can create a ton of destruction and chaos, she can also create some of the most beautiful colors and delicate berries I have ever seen. Love.