Ya’ll may have given up on me posting tonight.. I mean it’s almost 9 pm .. where the heck has she been?
Training for a race, that’s where 🙂 🙂 🙂
So let’s talk watermelon. It’s a melon. It’s made of water. Lots and lots of water.
It’s fun to eat in the summer. It’s fun to have it drip all over you bbq shirt. it’s a BLAST to spit the seeds. It is summer in a food
I have always loved watermelon. As an adult I started to appreciate it back in the early 90s when I read the book Fit for Life .
(anyone else read it? show of hands? oh.. only me.. that’s cool :))
Anyhoooo… The preface is that your body is made of mostly water so you should eat mostly food made of water. Also, you should never eat a protein and a carb together, never eat fruit with anything other than fruit.. that you get out int the sun and soak up the free vitamin D.. and most importantly, only eat fruit until noon.
And the fruit should have high water content. Like watermelon. Because it’s made of water.
Are you gettin’ where I’m going here?
Are you smelling what I’m cooking?
watermelon is chock full of water.
*ducks* ok. ok. I get it… you know what I am trying to say..
soooooo our first recipe will blow you away. Or at least it did me. I saw this earlier this summer on the Rachael Ray show and I was like, ” GENUIS!”
*side note.. I was on the Rachael Ray Show last year.. yeah.. I’m famous ~~ :inspects manicure like I’m important)*
So Rach (I can call her, that, we’re buds)was talking about how watermelon was made of….ok.. you get it, I know, I know!!!
do you know where I’m going with this?
Let’s play a game. Let’s look at some pictures.
look liked plain old cubed watermelon, right?
ok.. I’ll give it to you… I’m nice like that 🙂
SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! you have figured it out, haven’t you… you are a genius.. you are… YOU ARE!! She made watermelon ice cubes!!!! because #$%^& melon is made of #%$%^ which freezes! GENUIS!
so to make these watermelon cubes even better.. I added them to this…
tea that Amanda and I found while she was here..( on clearance!).. although I think that you could use any fruit tea.. truth be told, it was her idea to use this tea with the cubes… she also comes from great
So the next recipe…. Years ago I came up with a brilliant idea to make a watermelon salsa. I was SOO proud of myself and promptly made some for my mom proclaiming my obvious talent.
And while we were eating it, a chain restaurant advertised on tv their ‘new watermelon salsa’
Really? REALLY? yeah, really.
But in my heart of hearts,. even if the rest of the world was already doing it, I came up with my own in my kitchen, so I’m ok with that 🙂
2 Cups cubed seedless watermelon
1 bunch cilantro, rinsed, chopped and soaked like we did for the leeks
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped
Zest and juice of 1 lime
Sea salt & pepper
~ everyone in the pot~
You can top grilled chicken with this, tofu. Top a salad… or eat it alone.
Maybe if you live on the wild side like me, you could put it on vanilla ice cream
*note to self.. buy ice cream tomorrow*
here’s a napkin for you 🙂
Okkkeeddookee…. last recipe…
we are going to get smoky.. and sultry.. and tangy
Grilled Watermelon Salad
1 thick piece of watermelon, about 2×4.. sprinkle with salt & drain on a paper towel ( I tried to use my tofu press, but it didn’t do much) then rinsed after 10 min
1 tomato, sliced, sprinkled with salt, drained on paper towels ~ I did not rinse the salt of these babies ( I chopped the end up for topping)
1 thick slice of red onion
A few chunks of feta cheese
2 wedges of lime
Olive oil & a pastry brush
Sea salt and pepper
start by making sure that everything is as dry as it can be. Then using pastry brush, brush all veggies with olive oil. Preheat he grill pan until it is super hot then place watermelon, tomato and onion in the pan. then let the pan do it’s work.. don’t play with it! After about 5 minutes, using tongs, carefully flip them. ( my tomatoes didn’t look so purty.. but they did taste good 🙂
Place the watermelon on a plate, pretty side up, then arrange remaining ingredients ( except lime) on the plate.. Squeeze on wedge of lime over the salad and garnish with another.
this recipe is sensory overload. The smokiness from the watermelon with the sweetness of the onions, the depth from the tomatoes and the zing from the lime juice & saltiness of the feta….. I loved this!
Ic ame up with the idea after seing one of the contestants on Hell’s Kitchen the other night ( don’t tell me the winner, I had to DVR it until Scott comes home this weekend )
I saw a similar combo on the show and have obsessed over it since then.
’cause sometimes I do that..
like with watermelon 🙂
I have a kitchen to clean!