Fresh Fruit Dessert Plate with Stuffed Dates and Aril Garnish

Like many relatives, friends and colleagues, we’ve struggled with bouts of serious winter maladies. Weight loss has been the only redeeming feature. In our house, loss of appetite, lead to lethargy regarding creating any food combinations, resulting in new recipes. Luckily, during our “down“ time, we craved fresh fruit. Above, is one of many fruit plates we feasted on, with a low desire for anything else. These ubiquitous plates appeared during breakfast, dinner, snacks and over the past three or four weekends, plus, ever-present at Scrabble. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

 

Ingredients

 

Cara cara oranges
Blood oranges
Mandarin oranges
Sumo Tangerines
Mangoes
Red seedless grapes
Pomegranate arils
Turkish dates
Tofutti (soy cream cheese)
Grand Marnier

 

Basically, I went onto the fresh fruit page at FreshDirect, and bought a variety of peak oranges, tangerines, pink grapefruit, pomegranate arils, grapes, dates, Tofutti and a bottle of Grand Marnier. Just buy fresh fruit that you and your family like, and create a beautiful plate. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

 

Directions

 

1. Start by peeling all the fruit. If you feel like marinating some of the fruit in Grand Marnier, do it now. I cut the Cara cara oranges in circles and covered them with this liqueur overnight. The strawberries are on the table, because I was planning to dip them in chocolate to serve with the fruit, but never had the energy to actually do it.

 

Cara cara oranges are at their peak now. Don’t miss this season’s a lovely range of citrus fruit in markets now. I bought these at FreshDirect. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Mangoes are very fine in markets right now and as healthy as can be. They can be addictive we found, as we slurped them down. Mmmm super delicious! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

 

2. Cut your fruit in different shapes: I made some spear shaped mangoes; circles of Cara cara oranges; segments of tangerines; half circles of other oranges. I cut the dates almost in half, spread with Tofutti (soy cream cheese); distributed the grapes and sprinkled the entire plate with the pomegranate arils.

 

Many varieties of grapes are well rated, now. We’ve eaten a lot of these, often with plates of American and European cubed cheeses. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

One of our favorite soft cheeses, to eat with grapes, is this Italian: Bra Tenero. If you haven’t tried it, you’re in for a treat.  Sometimes, an evening meal of warm crusty bread, robust red wine, your favorite cheeses and lots of grapes, apples and pears, is all you need to feel happy  …oh, and good conversation with plenty of laughs.

 

At one point, we tried some white wine with the fruit, which at any other time would have been just fine; but I found that it did not mix well with my illness and made me feel worse. I had not yet begun taking medication. Jules was okay with it. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

 

“May Your Days Be Merry and Bright“ (Irving Berlin)

 

 

From Our Table to Yours !

 

Bon Appetit!

 

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