Summer Fun

The sun is shining, it is the school holidays and not much cooking is going on here!

We’ve been munching on watermelon slices, watermelon cubes and watermelon pizza! πŸ˜› We’ve made watermelon smoothies and watermelon cocktails! We’re fortunate that we have several Asian Supermarkets nearby and they stock the tastiest, biggest watermelons that would probably be too oval and too heavy (think 13-15kg) for the standard UK supermarket. So, watermelon is most definitely a great thing to have on our menu at the minute! πŸ˜€

A giant watermelon split length-ways… grab a spoon!

So, somewhere, on my laptop are some great watermelon photos… can I find them? Of course I can’t! They are somewhere neatly in a folder within a folder, probably within another folder… but what that folder is called is beyond me! I have looked! I’ve looked on my back up drive too! One day I will find them and then I can show you, but for now you need to visualise a melon cut in half width-ways, all scooped out, seeds removed, blended with some mint, lemon and apple juice, then poured back into the watermelon shell and decorated with shapes of watermelon (stars I think, or maybe hearts?)! and my lovely bamboo straws! You could off course add a glug or three of your favourite alcohol in there too – gin would work (little sis!) or a dry white wine or vodka!

Just to show off my gorgeous plate – hand-painted by my lovely friend Anna

You know, I never used to like watermelon! I couldn’t see the point! Now, I totally get it! I prefer it ice-cold though, and chunked not sliced, I’ve even been known to freeze it to get it extra cold! πŸ˜›

Watermelon is a quick and easy snack… much better than reaching for cookies or ice-cream (although this peanut butter swirl ice-cream is okay πŸ˜› !) Watermelon contains Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Potassium, Magnesium and Antioxidants as well as Vitamins B1, B5, B6, Copper and Iron too! πŸ˜€ and the fact that it tastes delicious makes it the perfect summer snack or breakfast or lunch or dinner! πŸ˜›

Watermelon slices make it easier to eat… or does it?

Just look how juicy and delicious it is! πŸ˜€

Oh and look what some very clever people can do to it…

Seriously! How is that even possible!?

So, time to go and buy another watermelon and see if it will fit in the fridge! We have a big American style fridge/freezer but we still have to eat at least a third of the melon before it is even going to attempt to fit on the widest shelf! πŸ˜›

Taking my lovely watermelons to Angie’s Fiesta Friday this week. First time I’ve visited and not posted a recipe as such, but hey, if I’ve given you an idea to blend a watermelon with a few additions, then surely that’s something! This week the party is co-hosted by Jhuls @ The Not So Creative CookΒ andΒ Rita @ Parsi Cuisine

10 Comments

  • Eva 2nd August 2019 at 14:45

    I love the watermelon bear sculpture, wow! Aww, you made me nostalgic for all the ethnic food stores in north London lol 😊

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 2nd August 2019 at 16:43

      Ah yes… I’m guessing you don’t have many of those there! πŸ˜› Isn’t the bear cool! I’ve seen swans (on holiday) too but can’t find my pics!

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  • Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook 3rd August 2019 at 08:16

    I love watermelon, but I can only eat a piece or two. I usually make watermelon lemonade or just blend watermelon with mint – ahhh so refreshing! Now, I need to get myself a huge watermelon. πŸ˜€ Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday, Laurena. That watermelon bear looks amazing and I would love to enjoy that plate of goodness. πŸ˜€

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 4th August 2019 at 21:51

      Thanks Jhuls. I’m guessing you really need a watermelon over there in your weather! Have you ever frozen it? Only a piece or two? We eat loads! πŸ˜› Watermelon with mint is my favourite! Thanks for co-hosting… when are we co-hosting together again?! xxx

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  • Rita 3rd August 2019 at 18:38

    Pinned that Bear! Nice to be with Fiesta Friday event this week!

    Also, I am co-hosting this week’s FIESTA FRIDAY #287 and will be visiting and commenting on your posts as the official Fiesta Friday representative and features selector.

    Look forward to a fun party!

    Rita

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  • Anna Lancetta 5th August 2019 at 16:42

    Hi Laurena, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw how beautiful my plate looks filled up with watermelon! Your hands can do magic….whether you’re cooking, arranging food on a plate or taking photos of it!
    We do love watermelon, so cooling and rich of precious minerals and water….I usually buy baby watermelons (storage problems in the fridge), but I definitely want to buy a big one, they’re much tastier!
    Never tried it with mint though, so I’ll give it a try!
    Hope you’re having a relaxing summer…..

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 5th August 2019 at 17:25

      Anna it is beautiful – with or without fruits! Thank you so much! πŸ˜€ Ahhh, I keep trying with my food, photos and arrangements! πŸ˜€ Baby watermelons definitely fit better in the fridge! πŸ˜› But if you chop a large one in half and eat a good chunk it should fit! Oh yes, do try it with mint it is so good! It was more relaxing when you were here!!! xxx

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  • Angie | Fiesta Friday 8th August 2019 at 18:39

    What, is that real? Watermelon bear? Lol. Some people are so creative!

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 6th September 2019 at 08:55

      I know right! How so cool is that! I wouldn’t be able to eat him though! πŸ˜›

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