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Strawberries, mangoes and cream

Strawberries, mangoes and cream

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While I was growing up in Pakistan, a million of miles away from Centre Court, the buzz of Wimbledon always got us into a real summer sporty spirit. I myself was never crazy about watching the game until I watched Boris Becker win live in 1989 – being there and feeling the energy is indescribable. I won’t say that I remained very interested in the game since, but I can appreciate the sense of excitement Wimbledon brings to each year.

From a foodie front, the season brings the best of summer fruits despite the dismal weather, and nothing is more quintessential than strawberries in the summer time.

Hailing from Pakistan how can I not mention the wonderfully fragrant Pakistani Honey mangoes that have now arrived to these shores in their full sweet glory, so I could not resist creating a match (forgive the pun) made in heaven, creating a decadent fruit salad using the two which is topped with a rich saffron cream with pistachios. You might not see Pakistan winning Wimbledon anytime soon, maybe just leave them to cricket – but this combination of British strawberries and Pakistani mangoes is one winning team.

Ingredients

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  • Mango and strawberries

  • 1 mango, preferably Pakistani honey, large, peeled and diced
  • 1 punnet of strawberries, small, hulled and cut into slices
  • Cream topping

  • 250ml of double cream, thick
  • 1 pinch of saffron, large, soaked in 1 tsp of hot water for up to 30 minutes
  • 1 tbsp of pistachio nuts, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp of icing sugar
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Method

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1
Make the cream topping by combine all the ingredients above (except pistachios) and set aside in fridge
2
Chop fruit to desired size. To serve top the fruit with the saffron cream and sprinkle with crushed pistachios
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