Fruit sticks – or should that be fruikebabs?

RidleylogoSMALLEVERY WEEK I take £5  to Ridley Road Market in Dalston, Hackney, London E8 2LH, to spend on seasonal food, obviously not including items likely to be already in a kitchen, such as sauces, oil, herbs and spices. On Friday I tell you what I have chosen and publish a seasonal recipe.

Some of the recipes will be frugal. They will all be vegetarian. They will be tasty. 

This week’s £5 basket, pictured above

Bowl mangoes (4) £1

2 melons £1

Bowl seedless red grapes £1

Bowl seedless green grapes £1

Pineapple £1

Total £5

 

HERE IS a quick picnic dessert that makes a spread look extra-special. I have used the fruits from my Ridley Road basket, but any fruit will do. Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries can all be stabbed on to a wooden skewer to look inviting.

This weeks recipe: Fruit sticks, below. Allow 2/3 fruit kebabs a person.

Equipment: kitchen knife, vegetable peeler, wooden kebab sticks. Wash fruit.

Preparation: 20 minutes. No cooking

Ingredients: for 10 sticks, half a melon peeled de-seeded and cut into chunks, 1 mango peeled and cut into chunks, 1/3 pineapple peeled and cut into chunks, several red and green grapes.

Method: Put alternative fruit on a stick until the stick is full. Place the fruit kebab in a half a melon or orange cut side-down. 

I said it was quick and easy. You deserve it after last week’s recipe which, though not difficult, was complex.

 

 Fruit sticks
On a sunny day in a park or garden, who could resist these cool nibbles? They go well with bubbly

* Two websites have written about this column. Hackney Post has published an interview with Shooey, as has the Food Bankers. Hackney council journalist Marcel Reinard has made a video about markets, including Ridley Road. 

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*Previous articles hyperlinked: Asparagus, onion and tomato tartlets 5 July 2013; Sparkling elderflower and fritters 28 June 2013; Beetroot quinoa salad 21 June 2013; Lemon couscous with spicy mushrooms 14 June 2013; Lurgied 7 June 2013At last, the Alphonso 31 May 2013; Aubergine salad 24 May 2013; Asparagus with hollandaise 17 May 2013Stuffed beef tomatoes with guacamole 10 May 2013Hackney snackney 3 May 2013Bell pepper salad 26 April 2013Gnocchi and tomato sauce with zucchini salad  19 April 2013 Tomato soup with soda bread 12 April 2013Broccoli mornay 5 April 2013Easter redemption song 29 March 2013 Less  is enough 22 March 2013A tart in the mart 15 March 2013; Polenta verde and sauté mushrooms 8 March 2013; Caribeasy 29 February 2013; Feeling fruity 22February 2013; Kashmir delight 15 February 2013Samphire surprise 8 February 2013Two dishes from £5 1 February 2013Ae fond neep 25 January 2013Cauliflower cheese 18 January 2013Hackney frittata 11 January 2013;  Tasty and easy Christmas snack 21 December 2012The shops behind the market stalls 9 November 2012Chutney 2 November 2012;  Piccalilli 26 October 2012Golden soup 19 October 2012Roasted, stuffed squash 12 October 2012Vegetable curry 5 October 2012Carrot and coriander soup 28 September 2012Ratatouille Gypsy stew 21 September 2012Bubble and squeak Shooey styleBakewell pudding 14 September 2012Coleslaw and radishes 7 September 2012Turkish spinach pie 31 August 2012Tomato tart, marinated aubergines, fresh mango chutney 24 August 2012Roasted butternut squash soup and beetroot salad 17 August 17 2012The column sets itself a challenge 15 August 2012

Ridley Road in Dalston: shopping at a market stall is a more personal experience than in a mall
Ridley Road in Dalston: shopping at a market stall is a more personal experience than in a mall

 

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