Latin Twist: Super, Sexy, Simple Valentine’s Ensalada de Frutas


Mis amigos, I’m sure you’ll agree that sometimes simple is best. An evening at home, with a great book (nice glass of wine…) or a walk on a beach (ah…remember the beach?) can be beyond dreamy. Well, friends, the same can apply to the food arena, and even to those final food flairs we call desserts.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m a huge fan of chocolate and classic-style desserts—pretty much any time. But today, for Valentine’s Day, I’m thinking lighter. And so, my friends, I bring you my Valentine’s Day ensalada de frutas.

What makes this a Valentine’s Day treat? Well maybe the fact that it has three of my favorite—and very sexy—ingredients: blackberries and strawberries and a light swirly blanket of whipped cream. Additionally, I’ve topped all with a light sprinkle of chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a drizzle of Kalhúah.

That being said, you might not mind having some of my mom’s Mexican chocolate cookies, which I wrote about last month, or Sofia’s dulce de leche oatmeal cookies served with it. Or maybe you’ll just enjoy this beautiful ensalada de frutas on its own…¡Buen provecho! Enjoy!

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About Author

Maybe it was the dinner parties my mom always threw—or the hours I spent prepping and cooking alongside her (and then on my own!). Or maybe it was array of fabulous dishes that my family sampled in New York City’s richly diverse restaurants, but I’ve loved creating, savoring, and sharing food for as long as I can remember. Living in Spain, and later in Peru, also greatly influenced my life. These years abroad taught me Spanish—and about living in different countries--but also introduced me to teaching English as a second language, which I’ve done—mostly in the US-- for the past 20-plus (yikes!) years. I’ve authored two cocktail/tapas books, Mambo Mixers and Calypso Coolers, coauthored more than 15 others (mostly food related!), and raised two children. Now I'm chef and owner of my own restaurant, Mambo 64 in Tuckahoe, New York. My message is the same, whether I'm teaching, writing, running the restaurant or being a regular guest on the Spanish-language network Telemundo (on the morning show, Buenos Días Nueva York!). My belief in food—and the power of food—is far reaching, and is married with another one: the power of stories. I’m sure that if we could all sit down and have meals together, sharing both tastes and tales, we’d have peace on earth. Enjoy!

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