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Fruit Sauce


Sometimes you need a nice fruity sauce or compote to go with a dessert. This weekend I made a vanilla cheesecake and decided to make both raspberry and blueberry sauces to go with it. I made them the day before and they ‘gelled’ quite a bit in the fridge overnight to give a set texture. I have adjusted the recipe here to use a bit less cornflour so that the sauce will be a bit looser than my picture.

You can use any fruit – I think frozen fruits work quite well – I used frozen raspberries and frozen blueberries separately, but you could mix them, and you could also use mango, peach, cherries, blackberries, strawberries or other fruit.

You need (for a small bowl of sauce – enough to accompany 6 dessert portions):

1 cup of fruit (frozen or fresh) chopped and peeled, seeds removed

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup of caster sugar

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

the zest of half a lemon

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence

1 teaspoon of cornflour mixed to a loose paste with a little water


Place the fruit in a saucepan with the water, sugar and lemon juice and bring to the boil. Boil gently until the fruit breaks down a little and softens.

Add the cornflour mixture and boil a little faster until it thickens. Stir in the lemon zest and vanilla and remove from the heat when the desired thickness has been achieved.

Serve warm or cool and store in a refrigerator in a covered bowl.






Sakana, Clayfield

Sakana Japanese Dining Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sakana is in a group of shops just on Sandgate Road, it is quite a large cafe with a casual atmosphere.

The menu is quite extensive, featuring hot and cold appetisers, sushi, sashimi, bento boxes, curry, rice and noodle bowls, and tempura.

We chose edamame to nibble on while waiting for our mains. This was plentiful and fresh.


We shared some prawn gyoza – they were steamed and tasty and had a dipping sauce.


I chose my favourite Agedashi Tofu. This is a dish which is impossible to eat with chopsticks so I was glad to have a spoon. The tofu was nicely coated in potato starch and had been very lightly fried. The broth was tasty with a lovely savoury umami flavour – definitely one of the nicest I have had.


We shared some sashimi of omelette, scallop, tuna, salmon and white fish. It was good quality and very fresh and came with pickled ginger and lovely hot wasabi.


My companion chose a sushi roll containing spicy tuna and tempura prawn. This was plentiful and it had lots of nice contrasting textures and flavours.


We were very full at the end of the meal and enjoyed everything that we had. The cafe is also licensed and sells Japanese beers, sake and sake jelly drinks.

We will definitely return – it’s local and extremely good.


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