Passion. Someone once said to me “I’ve been trying to put my finger on it when people ask me to describe you. And the word that comes to mind is passion.” And so we will credit that very ‘passion’ with turning the discovery of National Watermelon Day into a full out watermelon event at work today.
I have the pleasure of working with the greatest group of people. Over the years we have learned how to work hard while incorporating play into our days. Today we played with watermelon. That oh so lovely fruit, no wait vegetable, was the featured ingredient on our buffet. We had Watermelon Black Bean and Corn Salsa, Watermelon Caprese Salad, Watermelon Infused Lemonade, Watermelon Cookies & Cupcakes, our mascot Turtlicious (hand carved by one of my many creative teammates), Watermelon Gazpacho & Tropical Watermelon Soup with Peach Purée.
One large seedless watermelon (not huge) yielded enough watermelon flesh to make two soups and 1 1/2 quarts of watermelon water for the lemonade infusion. The Watermelon Gazpacho was savory and so fresh. The layers of flavors kept us coming back for more.
- flesh of one mango
- 2 cups pineapple chunks
- 6 strawberries
- 6 cups watermelon purée
- 2 Tbl. of honey or agave nectar
- 2 sweet Georgia peaches
- Fresh mint leaves, for garnish.
- Combine the followng in a blender: flesh of one mango, 2 cups pineapple chunks, 6 strawberries, and enough watermelon purée to blend. Once smooth combine blender contents with 6 cups watermelon purée and 2 Tbl. of honey or agave nectar. Chill completely.
- Blend 2 sweet Georgia peaches until smooth, then strain through a medium mesh sieve.
- Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
I’d say we could be described as a passionate bunch. Ah Watermelon, who knew you could be so much fun.
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