Fruit Salad

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This is something that’s very easy to prepare although the one in the picture wasn’t prepared by me.  Back home, this is popular during xmas or new year’s day, but abroad, fruit cocktail isn’t as expensive so we can afford to have it during ordinary days. The price is similar to that of fresh fruits & they’re not as popular due to sugar content, I guess.  By the way, a can of local fruit cocktail here consists of peaches, pineapple, apple, local cherries & nata de coco.  You may add as many type of fruit as u want like banana, macapuno (I call ‘mutant’ coconut) & grapes. Some even mix sago (tapioca or pearl balls) & cheese.

1 can of fruit cocktail, drained ( u may set aside the juice for other recipes like pork hamonado)
1 cup of all-purpose cream
1/2 cup condensed milk or sugar (optional)

Mix everything & that’s about it! Chill before serving.

Avoid fruits and nuts. You are what you eat. – Jim Davis

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

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