December is such a festive time.  My pinterest feed is filled with decadent rich comforting recipes – that are just TOO hot for me to contemplate making.  In Australia, we are in the beginnings of our amazing summer fruit season.  We are loving mangoes and stone fruits at home now.

My December challenge fruit is the festively red, fresh cherry.  I have had a great time experimenting with Cherries.  I made this delicious cherry chocolate crumble slice by adding cherries (instead of pineapple) and adding cocoa powder to the base and filling components of October’s Pineapple Crumble Slice.

Chocolate and Cherry Crumble Slice by Play with Food

I made a spiced cherry tea cake as well that didn’t last long enough to photograph! And put some cherries in with apricots to make a yummy Stone Fruit Chutney.

Stone Fruit Chutney in the Making

Stone Fruit Chutney in the Making

However, the most inspired dish for me was this cherry salsa.  It is so easy and it goes so well with roasted meats.  The way I enjoyed it the most was with some Persian fetta and fresh iceberg lettuce.  It will be a perfect side salad for your next BBQ or even with your roast turkey or glazed ham this Christmas.

Cherry Salsa by Play with Food

Serving Suggestion:  Perri Perri Chicken, Grilled Asparagus with Cherry Salsa, Persian Fetta and Iceberg Salad.

Cherry Salsa
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A lovely fresh salsa that is easy to prepare and goes well with roasted meats or as part of a salad.
Recipe type: Side or Salad Topper
Serves: 1 cup
  • 300g Cherries, Deseeded & Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Flat Leaf Parsley, Chopped
  1. Put all ingredients in a bowl and let sit for at least 15min before serving so that the cherry juices mix with the oil and vinegar.


Merry Christmas!

x Simone

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Cherry Salsa

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