the curious watermelon that grew

Homegrown Watermelon Salad with Tomatoes, Pickled Jalapenos + Feta | theclevercarrot.com

I don’t know much about gardening.

I like gardens. I like the idea of gardening. But it all seems so overwhelming I’d rather sign up for a CSA and call it a day. Or go to the farmers market on weekends. Or better yet, wait for my neighbor to drop off some of his never ending harvest on my doorstep (I repay him with sourdough).

But where’s the joy in that?

This summer, my husband gallantly spear headed our gardening adventures and it’s been fun documenting the process.

We bought all kinds of organic seeds to try, and lucky for us everything grew! We planted a variety of tomatoes including cherry tomatoes, yellow tear drops, sweet orange sun golds, summer squash (I broke down and bought a spiralizer), romaine lettuce, eggplant, figs and wait for it…

Watermelon.

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sparkling watermelon + cucumber refresher

sparkling watermelon + cucumber refresher | theclevercarrot.com

Because this is what you need after vacation. A little pick-me-up, if you will…

Gluttonous over indulgence last week has left me feeling like a giant cow. There’s no other way to put it. Midnight grill sessions and picking at chicken fingers is a thing of the past (you know I’m nibbling on a slice of cheesecake as I write this…). But in all seriousness, a dose of superfood goodness is in order. My body needs it.

I mixed-up this cleansing mocktail inspired by Mr. Wolfie….

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watermelon ice

Watermelon Ice

This was supposed to be called frozen watermelon slice, not ice.

I had this brilliant idea of making frozen watermelon slices. I would scoop out the flesh, purée it, and freeze the juice in its shell. When slightly thawed, I would cut into slices. We would eat them like popsicles and my kids would think I was the coolest ever.

This is a Yellow Crimson watermelon by the way…

Yellow Watermelon

Too bad it didn’t work…

First of all, do not attempt to cut anything frozen. Terrible idea. When I began to saw cut the watermelon, the ice started to chip off into a million pieces. It looked like an avalanche. No ‘slices’ for me. Second of all, have you ever latched onto something frozen? Like a frozen watermelon? Your hands stick to it. You have to peel them off. And it kind of burns. Yeah, no good.

Plan A = scratched. Plan B = make watermelon ice.

Working with what I had, I let everything melt and re-froze the liquid in a shallow baking tray. Frozen ice or ‘granitas’ are usually sweetened but since yellow watermelons are a little sweeter than regular ones, I skipped the sugar. In fact, I added a little lime juice to brighten it up.

Once frozen, I raked it with a fork to break up the ice crystals.

Like so…

Frozen Watermelon Ice

And then you get this…

Watermelon Ice

The verdict? Icy, crunchy, cold and refreshing. Serve your watermelon ice in tall glasses or family style in a hollowed out, frozen watermelon shell.

What’s your latest cooking disaster?

watermelon ice
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 small watermelon (soccer ball size)
  • 2 limes
Instructions
  1. Cut open your watermelon and scoop out the flesh. Discard the seeds.
  2. If you want to serve your ice in the watermelon, nestle the hollowed out shell onto a napkin or paper towel lined plate (so it doesn't stick) and freeze.
  3. Puree the flesh in a food processor or blender. Add the lime juice and blitz to mix.
  4. Pour into a shallow baking tray.
  5. Freeze until solid, about 4-6 hours.
  6. Rake with a fork to break up the ice crystals. The more you rake the fluffier your ice will become.
  7. Serve in tall glasses or in your frozen watermelon shell.
Notes
*This recipe is based on a watermelon yielding 4 cups of juice. If your watermelon is larger, adjust with more lime juice if necessary. *If you'd like it sweeter, you can add agave syrup or honey 1 tsp. at a time. Add this to your puree before freezing.