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. 

* Emboldened or tinted words may indicate a hyperlink, a special service for Loving Dalston readers who may want to look further into a topic. If a link does not work, it is probably because the site to which the URL refers has not been maintained.

*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


This site welcomes fair comments, including the critical. Letters may be edited for grammatical, legal or taste reasons, for shortening or for substitution of Wikipedia citations by reliable sources. RSS feed link is at top right. Twitter: @lovingdalston