‘Have you made something with your melon yet?’ ‘No, not yet but maybe we should post it together… Wouldn’t that be fun?’ That was more or less the content of the tweets Meeta and I exchanged a mere two weeks ago. You see; after the fabulous Plate to Page weekend there were watermelons left over. I took one home and Meeta took the other one. Naturally, that begged for something to be done with this huge melon and so that’s how another morning discussion started on the Coldcoffeeclub, our post Plate2Page hang out…
Before we knew it, we had gotten ourselves into yet another assignment and more homework! This time the assignment was photographic; take two photos of a watermelon (or in the absence of watermelons, another melon will do); one raw and one prepared. Now I have to confess that I made this watermelon icecream and by the time we figured out what the assignment was gonna be I had already tossed out the remains of the watermelon and the fruit itself was in our bellies. So I had no raw left. To compensate for that I bought another watermelon, red this time, and prepared a watermelon salad. Delicious too! I will share the recipe for that at a later stage. You can see all the entries for this watermelon contest on the Plate to Page facebook page here or visit the separate blogs of the ‘contestants’. Meeta, Astrid, Arthi, Ishay, Ilva, Jeanne, Mona, Jenn, Jamie and I will add more links once all posts are live!
As far as the watermelon icecream goes; it was delicious although I did have a hard time getting it frozen. I added Grand Marnier into the mix (the original recipe from David Lebovitsch had wodka) which tasted really good but I might have overdone it with the alcoholic contents meaning the ice did not freeze very well. I manage to get two fairly decent balls after one day in the freezer…
Watermelon sorbet icecream
Fresh and delicious but take care not to add too much alcohol; it might have problems freezing properly
- 750 ml watermelon juice (see note)
- 100 gr sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp fresh limejuice
- 1-2 tbps grand marnier
- 1-2 tbsp crunchy chocolate balls
- Heat 125 ml of the watermelon juice in a small saucepan together with the sugar and the salt. Heat until all sugar is dissolved.
- Take of the heat and stir in the rest of the 675 ml watermelon in a medium bowl
- MIx the lime juice together with the grand marnier in the watermelon mix
- Leave to cool thoroughly before putting it in the icemachine maker. Freeze in the machine according to the instructions of the manufacturer.
- Ad the chocolate the last minute of churning
I used a watermelon that had virtually no pits. Clean the watermelon, remove any seeds where needed and puree the flesh in a blender. You can pass it through a sieve if you feel that is necessary. One large watermelon should give you more then enough juice