Wow, what a few weeks/ days these past two weeks have been.
It has been over a year since we went into lockdown and in the beginning it was one of those things that the entire world was going through. Now with going back into lockdown level 4, well it is just too much.
People seem to think lockdown and wearing masks is some kind of a joke, where lockdown is a way of trying to find ways to outwit the government and still hold illegal gatherings and not wear masks. It is soo annoying, when I spend most of my day playing police officer, reminding people to wear there mask so that it actually covers their noses. I have to tell adults, grown up adults that somehow think Covid isn’t going to come knocking on their door. I lost a lot of friends and acquaintances during the first wave and every day I see posts about numbers rising, it just freaks me out.
If the pandemic is not enough to stress me out, it’s the current water situation. Every morning I wake up to low water pressure and come home to zero water in the taps. Bathing, consists of a sink full of boiled kettle water. I have so much dry shampoo in my hair that if someone should hold a match to my head my hair would combust. I am craving a shower, my body just needs to feel that it is being washed; my hair needs to feel clean. I am too afraid to see what the water is going to look like when I have a proper shower and have scrubbed every inch of my body. Bucket bathing is fine, but with temperatures going as low as 5 degrees in the morning, who wants to stand and shiver.
With all that is going on in the world, cooking new and exciting recipes have been the last thing on my mind and also because I haven’t been able to get any meat available. Everything has been bought out by panic buying.
My parents aren’t that phased at the moment as to what they eat, they are just happy to at least get food seeing as they read the papers just like me and see what is happening in our part of the world. The end of the world has arrived. Yes, yes I am just being dramatic. The end of the world cannot happen, until I have at least had a long shower and smell fresh.
I miss shopping, I miss walking aimlessly down isles and pushing a trolley looking at fresh fruits and veg trying to find inspiration. My only form of food shopping at the moment is Checkers 60 minutes and a quick dash in and out of the stores.
Nothing really inspired this dessert. I was looking for a quick and easy dessert to make with whatever I had in the fridge and the pantry and this recipe ticked all the boxes. I didn’t have high hopes, because this just looked like a fruit salad. Boy was I mistaken. This was a delicious dessert that everyone went back for seconds and there weren’t any leftovers for my midnight snack.
I came across this recipe in Fatima Sydow’s cookbook and my mother was over the moon, when her serving was placed in front of her. This was one my Grans favorite and she would make it all the time for my mother when she was growing up. I don’t remember my Gran ever making this dessert. I remember my gran making this, but for the love of me, I cannot remember if I had eaten it or what it had tasted like. All I can remember is her standing by the counter, slicing bananas and adding it to her special fruit salad bowl and tossing.
A word of caution, I went through an entire bag of oranges, I just could not segment the oranges without breaking them and creating a mess.
- 1 x orange, peeled and segmented.
- 1 x apple, diced.
- 1 x pear, diced.
- 1 x bunch of grapes, halved.
- 6 x strawberries, diced.
- Handful of fresh raspberries.
- 2 x bananas, peeled and sliced.
- Squeeze of lemon juice.
- ¼ x cup castor sugar.
- 1 x can evaporated milk.
- In a medium bowl, add all the fruit and toss to mix.
- Add in the lemon juice and castor sugar and mix.
- Cover with cling wrap and pop into the fridge for 30 minutes.
- To serve, spoon the mixture into bowls and generously pour over the evaporated milk before serving.