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Summertime treats with fruity flavors

Source: Changjiang Weekly 08/24/2016 11:08:27

Summer is the best time to enjoy fresh fruits. While fresh fruits taste great on their own, they taste even better when they are a part of a delicious seasonal meal. The abundance of fresh fruits available this time of year inspires chefs to innovate and incorporate various fruits into special seasonal dishes. This article will introduce some very delicious summertime fruit dishes which are sure to please.

Fruit salsa and chips

Salsa means sauce in Spanish. In English-speaking countries, salsa typically refers to salsa picante, a kind of sauce served at Mexican restaurants. People often enjoy dipping tortilla chips in salsa.

Fruit salsa is similar; the difference is that it is sweet and is eaten as a desert. It is cool and delicious, as well as easy to make.

Recipe

Mix sliced kiwis, apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar, and fruit preserves in a large bowl. If you don't care much for sweet snacks, you can add in less sugar and use marmalade and honey instead of fruit preserves. Put the mixture in the refrigerator. Preheat the oven to 175 ℃.

Take a number of flour tortillas and coat one side of each with butter-flavored cooking spray. Cut each tortilla into a wedge and arrange them on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar atop the wedges. Spray the wedges with cooking spray. Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Then, take the wedges out and allow them to sit and cool for 15 minutes.

You can dip your homemade tortilla chips in your fruit salsa. This is a delicious treat which is sure to leave you feeling refreshed.

Sweet and sour pork with pineapple

Mixing pineapples, tomatoes, and pork together in a sweet yet tangy sauce creates a brightly-colored dish which is both sweet and sour. Each piece of pork is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. This dish is popular among women and children.

Recipe

Cut a large piece of pork into small pieces and marinate the pieces for 30 minutes in a mixture of soy sauce, cooking wine, garlic, and ginger.

To make the sweet and sour sauce, place a spoonful of ketchup, vinegar, and water; two spoons of sugar; a spoonful of minced ginger and minced garlic; a spoonful of chopped pineapple slices and chopped tomato slices into a pot. After mixing everything together, let the mixture boil. Add cornstarch. Reduce the heat. Stir until thick.

Roll the pork pieces in cornstarch. Deep fry the pork pieces in hot oil until they turn golden brown and crispy.

Add two spoons of oil to a large cooking pan. Stir-fry diced red peppers and diced onions for two minutes. Then, add in the fried pork pieces and the sweet and sour sauce. Let the mixture simmer for two minutes before moving the mixture to a serving dish.

Watermelon skins and egg-drop soup

When people eat fruits, they tend to toss out the skins. This is very wasteful, for the skins of some fruits are actually quite nutritious. A long time ago, Chinese people began cooking with watermelon skins. Not only are watermelon skins crispy and refreshing, but they are also good for your health. Traditional Chinese medical experts often use watermelon skins to treat various throat disorders. Watermelon skins and egg-drop soup is a light dish which offers numerous health benefits.

Recipe

Remove the outer layer of green skin and the red flesh inside the watermelon. Slice the leftover skin. Cut two tomatoes into pieces. Break open an egg and whisk the yolk. Put water and the sliced watermelon skins into a pot and let them boil. Add in the tomato, the whisked egg yolk, salt, and sesame oil. Let the mixture continue to boil. Afterwards, pour the soup in a soup bowl and serve.