Stories from Paris with some Fruit Kebabs...

Sorry folks for the long silence. Actually I was away on a holiday. We spent the Easter holidays in Paris with some lovely friends. And ever since I got back I have been sleeping like Kumbhakarna and when not sleeping feeling rather blue. 

But lets not talk about blues. Lets talk about the good bits. Lets talk about Paris. Ah Paris. Apart from all that beauty and grandeur, the city has a hum. A creative hum. Parisians are such a creative lot. And so effortlessly. I wonder if they ever realise that the whole world is gaping at them? Maybe they do, which gives them the confidence to be so flamboyant. You got to be flamboyant to drag a grand piano on a busy intersection and proceed to play it. You got to be unselfconscious to stick some blue angels (I read they were ducks, somewhere) over your blue door and let people stop and photograph them. We were really lucky that we not only got to explore Paris, we also got a taste of French country living. We stayed in a commune called Fontainebleau in a charming French home. So much so that I often wondered if I had stepped into the pages of a  décor magazine?

I have not even starting to talk about the food we ate in Paris. Lets keep it for a separate post.

Some photographs from the trip. This is just the tip of the Paris berg, over the 5 days we were there, we clicked 970 photographs. Of course most of them are rubbish, but the ones which are decent still needs some organising. So more photographs to come over the next few weeks.

Eiffel Tower during the day
The view of Paris sprawled out, from the steps of  Sacré-Cœur Basilica. There was this guy who kept playing with a foot ball, while hanging from a lamp post.
The famous bookshop Shakespeare & Company. Movie buffs remember the movie Before Sunset? 
View from the boat ride along the Seine River
Window display

Concert happening on the road

Eiffel Tower all lighted up

Would you like to live in one of those apartments?
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Now the reason why I dragged my lazy self to post. It is time for my second Blog Hop Wednesday and I almost missed it, had it not been for an email in my inbox. Do not get me wrong. Initially after Radhika sent the list, I was amazed when I visited my partner's blog. Chef Mireille's Gourmet Global is truly an international cooking affair. Mireille has been cooking up a marathon of  global cuisines. I got super excited, this was my chance to try out some really innovative recipes. I wanted to try kuku, tatale, Indonesian chicken kebab and so many more recipes. But I got super busy before leaving for Paris, so thought that I will cook up a storm once I am back. And then I totally forgot about it till today. Since there is not much time left, also severely lacking on the enthusiasm and energy front,  decided to make the easiest recipe on Mireille's blog-- the Fruit Kebabs.

Frankly after all those super rich crème brulees, madeleines, macaroons and the heavy duty chocolates, not to mention the cups of hot chocolate that we had been happily guzzling on in Paris... fruits kind of appeal to us.  Also I have never eaten fruit kebabs before, so I was excited.


These kebabs are super easy to make. What you need are some fruits.  
1 ripe mango
1 medium sized pineapple
1 Granny Smith Apple
1 small honey dew melon
You can use whichever fruits you want. Just wash them and cut them into roughly same sized cubes. Along with this you need 2 table spoons of softened butter and 1 table spoon of soft brown sugar. Mix these two together. I added some crushed sea salt as well. After you organise the fruit pieces on skewers, use a brush to apply the butter mixture on them. Then heat a grilling pan till smoking hot and grill these beauties.



Before you start with the fruits, make the sauce, so that it can chill till the kebabs are made. For the sauce you need
Half a cup of plain yogurt
A pinch of ginger powder
3 to 4 mint leaves, rolled up and finely chopped
2 table spoons of honey
Mix everything, put it in the fridge to set. Once the kebabs are ready, pour the sauce on them and serve.


These kebabs are yum...the butter and the mint flavour stands out prominently...the apple brought lovely crunch while the pineapple and mangoes pieces were sheer delicacies, the melon was not doing much. I think I will leave out the melon next time. For someone like my husband who is not too fond of fruits this was a treat. He wished he was made to eat fruits like this when he was a kid. Looks like this is ready to be part of our summer BBQ menu!

112 comments :

  1. Seems like you had an amazing time in Paris. Love the pictures. They bring paris in front of our eyes. And also the kebobs..mmmmmm.. Very easy, simple and refreshing.!!
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  2. so happy you enjoyed them...I just posted ( a bit late this month also..super busy with work)
    but just had a yummy Bengali fish lunch...thanks to you!
    Mireille

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  3. The grandeur of Paris comes out beautifully in your clicks. Fruit kabobs are a really fun way to eat fruits.......I often involve my daughters to help me in making them.

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    1. Do you? This is the first time I made it and loved it, so I think it will also become frequent in our BBQ menu...

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  4. I loved ur pictures so very much. Paris rocks!
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  5. love the paris clicks... I would so love to go...
    yummy kebabs! love it...

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  6. Lovely pictures, captured Paris beautifully and the kebabs look so delicious..

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  7. So lovely pics of paris

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  8. I bet you had amazing stay there. Love all the photos ...through your lenses I could see the beauty...Next ki khele oi post er opekhaaye thankbo. Advance e Shubho Noborsho

    Deepa
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  9. Such a beatiful city-it is my dream to visit it one day and just walk around and admire!
    great shots!

    Life and travelling
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  10. lovely paris clicks. so beautiful.. thanks for sharing those :).. those kebabs look super delicious
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  11. Very delicious fruit kebab..yummy n refreshing for summers!!Great to see Paris fotos:-)

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  12. no wonder we have not had any post form you! Thanks for sharing you experiences and cant wait to hear more esp on food in Paris!!

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  13. Beautiful Paris. And nice fruit kebabs too. I could do with one of them right now even though I had a good dinner!

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  14. The fruit kebabs look delicious! Love your photographs of Paris. Absolutely gorgeous!!!

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  15. wow..what clicks! Look fwd to more pics..

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  16. Suchi, What a beautiful post! I've seen those people on the polls, they call it, i think, street theater. Amazing kebabs you've made!

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  17. brilliant captures and a lovely laidback commentary!
    the fruit kebabs sound delicious!!

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  18. wonderful post and beautiful clicks...kebabs look fabulous, lovely idea :)

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  19. Gal, I can see that you had a great time and what treat are those pics to the eyes. Thanks for sharing pa.

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  20. Lovely clicks dear. Gorgeous fruit kebabs.

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  21. What a delicious recipe! I enjoyed reading about your trip to Paris. Loved all the pictures. The roadside piano concert and man on the lamp post shows the spirit of the place! Well captured!

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  22. Excellent clicks! And a very simple delightful recipe :)


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  23. Amazing pictures Suchi! Welcome back!

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  24. Hi Suchi, thank you for sharing all the beautiful pictures. All the photos are excellent.Glad that you had an enjoyable holiday.

    Have a nice week ahead.

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  25. i think u had a amazing time in Paris..awesome clicks and kabab..Thank alot for sharing the wonderfull clicks dear

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  26. Loved the window siplay click n loved watching the city thru ur picturesssss!!!N veryyy tasty kebabs i sayyy

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  27. These look super yummy. I have been drinking fruit juice all day and I could still have one of these!

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  28. wow..fascinating cliks..thanks for sharing such a lovely post suchi..:)

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  29. Thanks for sharing your visit to Paris, lovely photos here! Coming back from travels can be a downer sometimes because that means that it is back to the routine. However, at least you can reminisce with all those photos.
    Grilling fruit does make for a delicious preparation. I am always grilling slices of pineapple-yum! I like the choice of fruits in your kebabs and the sauce sounds tasty. This does inspire. Enjoy the day!

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  30. awesome pictures Suchi Didi. What did you eat, btw?

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  31. Hi Suchi, What an amazing collection of lovely pictures de Paris ! Glad that you've a fantastic moment during your stay. And thank so much for dropping by my space & your lovely words! Glad that you did , & I can follow you back you on your wonderful space! Looking forward for your next post & happy to be your new follower too! Have a lovely day, Suchi :)

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  32. Am definitely trying this summer.. love the blackboard menu.. looks like a small restaurant in a cobbled street :-)

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  33. Wow Wow Wow...Thanks for a virtual tour of Paris. Such lovely pictures.
    Liked the fruit platter too, more the yogurt dip. I am definitely going to use ginger n mint together very soon.
    Liking your black board idea too :-)

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  34. wonderful pics suchi JI....n v r in plan 2 visit...n u r pics makes me run just nw...
    maha

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  36. Such a grand post and why not it's about Paris - a city of fashion , style and everything nice..loved all the clicks :-)fruit grill kori ni tobe emni toothpick e choto-2 pieces lagiye khete bhalo lagey amader..hugs and smiles

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  37. good that you had a great time in Paris.. the pics looks soo good. was wondering where u were.. Missed u too girl :)..The fruit kebabs are fab..in fact when i had seen mireille s post long back, had loved the dressing & have bookmarked this.. I am yet to try it though :)


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  38. your Paris pictures are beautiful! and that fruit kebab recipe is simply perfect, cannot wait to try!

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  39. Gorgeous photos of Paris!!! I can't wait visit myself :) And I've never thought of grilling fruit kebabs, but I love the idea!

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  40. Suchi , that's one awesome holiday ! Paris ?! Heaven ! ;D Fruit kebabs after all those sinful food in Paris sounds refreshing ;)

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  41. So nice of you to share your amazing photos from Paris. It's so nice to travel to other European cities, when you live in Europe. It doesn't cost a fortune...as opposed to traveling from the U.S.
    Love the fruit kabobs...yumm!

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  42. The kebab looks super delicious and I simply love your pictures.

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  43. I'd love to be in Paris again, it's been too long. I think our favorite place was Sacre Coeur - it was beautiful and the artsy district surrounding it made for a wonderful afternoon. PLus the view of the city from there was spectacular.

    Glad you had a wonderful time. Your fruit kebobs sound yummy!

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  44. The more I see these pictures,the more I can't wait for my vacation in Paris this Summer,is gonna be my first one :) so excited,btw I love fruits even on kebab,still looks fresh and YummY :)
    Ridwan

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    1. Am sure you would have a lovely vacation in Paris :-)

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  45. Beautiful clicks!!Lovely and refreshing kebabs, perfect for this weather :)

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  46. gosh, the pics speak for themselves... looks like u had an amazing time :) grilled fruits, nice idea!

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  47. Looks like you had a great time in Paris! Your pics bring back so many memories, it used to be my second home in the mid 90's! Your fruit kebabs look so refreshing, perfect of the coming months!

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  48. So happy you had fun. Paris looks amazing.

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  49. have been there and loved it...fruit kebab new to me but looks delicious and so so e asy....i have a black pepper event on my blog if u wish to link any of ur precious entries....email me ur blog link and pics to dream640@gmail.com

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  50. What nice and amazing pictures Suchi, I really enjoyed, you know I always dream to know Paris some day LOL
    thanks by sharing!

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  51. Very nice photos. I just roamed in Paris with from the comfort of my couch and laptop. :-)

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  52. good shots....spl a way to present recipe name...on blackboard with chalk...
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  53. I love Paris, I mean what's not to love. Your photos are lovely and are making me homesick for it. The fruit kebabs sound really good!

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  54. PAris.... AHA..! How to describe it?? LOved the virtual tour..! :) Thanx..!

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  55. Down memory lane:)As we say....Paris is like a beautiful lady during the day but at night she is like a dressed up lady...An artists paradise.

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