Watermelon Water (Agua de Sandia)


What can I bring?

Celebrating a holiday is usually more fun when you get to spend it with other people.  One year we played Dutch Blitz after enjoying grilled hamburgers and potato salad at coworkers’ house. My boss explained that Italian salad dressing is the secret to his potato salad’s flavor. This year we’re heading north to eat with friends from church. Blueberry picking and tour of the chicken coup may be part of the fun.  When I asked what we could bring, they suggested watermelon.

Since I had the afternoon free, I decided to dig out my X-ACTO knife and carve something into the rind. This makes it difficult to empty the watermelon of its fruit. I needed to preserve a container without cutting through the design. So I sliced a quarter of the melon out, then cut the dark pink part into cubes.

After sorting out the pretty pieces, there were still a lot of rough pieces and not all of the fruit was very pink. Rather than throw it out with the garbage, I put it in the blender and saved it in a pitcher. Ta da! Watermelon might not be the first fruit you think of when you ask for juice, but it can work. img_0337.jpg

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Supermarket Sale Summer Salad


It’s as hot as July! So, baking and boiling is not encouraged in our small apartment. Thankfully, the supermarket closest to our apartment had cherries and grilled chicken on sale, so I just needed to shred and chop the ingredients and combine them with a bit of mayonnaise. One may end up with red hands stained with cherry juice, but I prefer that over a red face caused by spending too much time in a humid kitchen on a summer afternoon.

First, I prepared a salad with craisins, white onion, and parsley. The second batch had cherries and green onions. You could add slivered almonds or chopped walnuts, but I’m planning to use these for sandwiches.


1 1/2 c shredded and chopped grilled chicken

1 small onion, chopped

1/4 c craisins, chopped

1/2 to 1 c mayonnaise

to taste parsley, salt & pepper




2 c shredded and chopped cooked chicken

3 green onions, chopped

handful fresh cherries: stemmed, pitted and chopped

1 T lemon juice

1/2 to 1 c mayonnaise

to taste, salt & pepper




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Crystallized Ginger

crystalized ginger slices


1/2 (Measure) Water: 1/2 (Measure) Sugar: 1/3 (Measure) sliced fresh Ginger Root

Peel your ginger root. Try to slice the root so that you end up with pieces of relatively equal thicknesses. Bring water to boil. Add sugar and the ginger. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Let the ingredients simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir the mixture occassionally, and keep an eye on the pot so that it doesn’t boil over and that the sugar doesn’t burn.

When the sugar has crystallized around the slices of ginger, spread the mixture onto a non-stick surface. Once it has cooled, you can break the ginger up into pieces.

So far I’ve used the crystallized ginger in a dish of shredded Brussels sprouts with craisins, in tea, and in my hand (like candy). Yum!

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