Mint Rosewater Fruit Salad

This is one of my absolute favorite things on a hot, summer day.


After 2 years of making this fruit salad, it has become a family staple and it’s about time to share. Just in time for summer days ahead!

Joy the Baker is such an inspiration. Her melon/berry fruit salad is splashed with rosewater for a light, floral flavor. I added lime juice and agave syrup, which adds a nice sweetness and tang. Torn mint leaves are the final touch, which just makes everything so wonderfully refreshing. The fruit drinks in the bright, fresh flavors as it sits. So perfect!

Mint Rosewater Fruit Salad

Inspired by Joy the Baker

This recipe is super flexible… any combination of melon and berries works great. The rosewater/lime/agave combo is an approximation, so feel free to adjust to taste.

Chopped melon (i.e. watermelon, canteloupe, honeydew)

Berries (i.e. blueberries, strawberries, blackberries)

Chopped pineapple


2-3 teaspoons rosewater*

Juice of 3-4 small limes

2 teaspoons agave syrup

Large bunch of mint leaves, torn

Combine all the fruit in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine rosewater, lime juice, and agave syrup. Pour dressing over fruit and toss to combine. Sprinkle torn mint leaves onto salad, toss again to combine, and refrigerate for about 30 minutes while flavors set. Serve and enjoy! (Joy the Baker suggested a rosewater whipped cream, which I’m guessing would be amazing!)

*Rosewater is available in many middle eastern markets.

Almond Hazelnut Roasted Plums

I totally lucked out at a recent farmer’s market and ended up with a bargain: ten of the most amazing green plums EVER.


These plums are firm yet juicy, tart yet deliciously sweet. Even though it has been wonderful gobbling these plain over the sink, I had the urge to add some (buttery, nutty) flair.



The sweet plums became soft after baking, yet the tartness was still there. The soft, tart fruit combined with the sweet, crunchy streusel topping was crazy yummy! This would be SO good with yogurt or ice cream.

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Strawberry cake

Mmmmm cake!

This recipe became a father-daughter project that we made for company. What a hit! The cake is fluffy and the amount of strawberry flavor is perfect. Squeezing the fruit and boiling the juice produces a really nice strawberry syrup. This goes directly into the cake batter, but the real strawberry punch comes from the sliced strawberries in between the layers.

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Devil’s Food Chocolate Pudding

After a ridiculously intense year of internships and classes, summer is finally here. Extra time for creativity in the kitchen! I’m excited to end my blogging hiatus and start sharing my dishes again.

Let’s talk about chocolate pudding. And I mean ultra rich, creamy chocolate pudding that feels like satin on your tongue. Seriously people, this is like snack pack on steroids.

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