Book Club almost always inspires me to try making something new and the Watermelon Heirloom Salad has been on my list of ‘must try’ since my sister-in-law, Betty, told me about it.
I served this in July with tomatoes and watermelon in season. It is a refreshing salad especially during the hot days of summer. The salad was served with the feta on the side since some of our members are Vegan. Easy peasy and satisfies all. What a wonderful fusion of great flavors. It’s now one of my favorite summer treats.
WATERMELON HEIRLOOM SALAD
3 large heirloom tomatoes (about 1.5 pounds), cored and cute into chunks or 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved (I used multi-color cherry tomatoes)
4 cups cubed watermelon
1/2 cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
1/2 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar (I used Champagne vinegar)
juice of 1 lime
Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup fresh feta (don’t skimp on the quality of the feta)
1 lime, cut into wedges
- Combine the tomatoes, watermelon, mint and basil in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix together olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour olive oil mixture over the fruit and toss to mix.
- Cover and refrigerate for several hours.
- Just before serving, sprinkle the feta over the salad (or on the side). Serve with lime wedges and sea salt.
Recipe from FreyFarms
Gin & Tonic Cake sounded delicious when my sister-in-law, Betty, told me about it a few years ago. Summer time evenings on the patio with a G&T and good friends inspired me to make this wonderful cake. Warning…it is a bit boozy but oh, so delicious!
I converted the recipe to American measures (in parenthesis) and it worked well. Instead of baking a big pan of cake, I baked in several smaller cake pans and froze a few cakes, minus the lime slices. It freezes well.
GIN & TONIC DRIZZLE CAKE
250g unsalted butter (8.8185 oz. or 1.102 cups)
250g sugar (8.8185 oz. or 1.102 cups)
250g self rising flour (8.8185 oz. or 1.102 cups)
5 medium egg
1 lime, zested
75g sugar (2.6455 oz. or 1/3 cup)
5 tbsp. Gin
5 tbsp. Tonic Water
200g powdered sugar (7.0548 oz. or .8819 cup)
3-4 tbsp Gin
1 lime, zested
For the Cake:
- Grease and line a 2 lb. loaf tine (i used several small loaf pans instead).
- Preheat the oven to 180 centigrade or 350 degrees fahrenheit.
- Cream together the butter and sugar until light an fluffy.
- Add in the eggs, flour, and lime zest. Beat again until smooth and combined.
- Pour the cake ingredients into the cake pan(s) and bake for 40-45 minutes. When baked fully, a cake skewer should come out clean and the cake shouldn’t be making a bubbling sound.
- Remove the cake from the oven and cool slightly while making the drizzle.
For the Drizzle:
- In a small pan, add the sugar, Gin and Tonic.
- Heat on a low-medium heat while stirring. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat.
- Poke the cake lightly with a cake skewer and drizzle over the cake. Allow the cake to cool fully in the cake pan.
- Once the cake has cooled, remove it from the cake pan.
- In a small bowl, add the powdered sugar and gradually mix in the Gin until you get a thick, pourable consistency.
- Pour the icing over the cake, sprinkle with lime zest. Add lime slices to the top for decoration.
Recipe slightly adapted from Janespatisserie.com
How many ways are there to use Gooseberries? Not as many as one would think, at least not many that are documented. I’ve never tried a smoothie with gooseberries until I found this recipe. I substituted almond milk for cow’s milk. Very refreshing!
BLUEBERRY GOOSEBERRY YOGURT SMOOTHIE
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup fresh or frozen gooseberries
1/2 of banana, frozen
1/2 cup lowfat vanilla yogurt (I prefer Greek yogurt)
1/2 cup almond milk
- Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Adapted from Sumptuous Spoonfuls