Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Summer Eton Mess

Happy New Year! It's 2015!

The holidays were great! Lots of food, laughters, board games, singing and spending time with loved ones. I hope you had as much fun as I did!

To start off the new year, it's only norm to set some resolutions, and indeed I have. 

*to spend some quality time with my husband everyday no matter how busy we are.
*to be fit and exercise
*to be happy, not that I'm not, but to always smile

sounds simple right? but sometimes life gets in the way. so..these are my resolution. have you set some yourselves?

So here is my first recipe for the year, a very simple one. I made this for Christmas dinner. It's refreshing, the perfect summer dessert. It was a really hot summer evening, so we decided to add a scoop of ice cream, but the only drawback was it takes away the freshness and the natural sweetness of the fruits.

*quantities will vary depending how many you're going to make, but here is a list of items you would need.

All you need:
Icing sugar
Maple Syrup
Frozen Blueberries
Fresh Blueberries
Fresh Strawberries
Fresh Mangoes (ripe)
Balsamic Vinegar
Lemon Juice
Toasted Desiccated Coconut
Store bought mini meringues

All you need to do:
1 - In a pot, put 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries, 1-2 tablespoons of icing sugar and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, boil it over low-medium heat. It's ready when all icing sugar has dissolved and some blueberries softens. Set aside to cool in the fridge until needed.

2 - Toast the desiccated coconut in a pan over low heat on stove, stirring it continuous as to not burn it. It's ready once the coconut turns from white to golden brown. Set aside to cool.

3 - Wash fruits. Put blueberries in the fridge until needed.

3 - Quarter the strawberries. Put in a bowl, pour some balsamic vinegar, sugar and a small squeeze of lemon in the strawberries. Let it sit in the fridge until needed. I only use some of the juice in my dessert.

4 - Cube mangoes, set aside in the fridge until needed.

5 - Choose your bowl/glass to put your dessert in. Start layering. There's no hard and fast rule as to how you should layer it. But this is what I did..put some blueberries at the bottom of glass, then crush some meringues, i did not over crumble the meringues because I wanted some texture, continue with some mangoes, some desiccated coconut, some blueberries again and strawberries, crush meringues, and finally finish it with a spoonful of blueberry maple syrup sauce and desiccated coconut. You can see in the photo I had 2 variations, so it's really up to you! You can always use other fruits. 

6 - Serve, preferrably chilled. 

Happy messing! :)

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