Summers when I was a kid would drag on for what seemed like an eternity. Long days spent wading in the surf would turn into long nights sat around the campfire cooking dinner and waiting for the moon to rise over the mountains. We would eagerly feast on fresh berries, ice creams, and homemade plum fruit leather until our fingers were stained and our bellies ached. And by the end of it, we couldn't wait for school to start again. These days summer passes in a flash. It's already nearing the end of July and we've yet to spend a full day at the beach, a weekend away camping, or let alone go get an ice cream cone.
While it takes more effort as an adult to fit in the carefree summer activities I love, it is easier to partake in the bounty of summer's produce. Our lives make it logistically impossible to spend a full day in the dappled shade of the beach, but it doesn't mean we can't at least spend the evenings after work sipping on a tropical drink in the cool shade of the porch.
Watermelon juice is one of our favourite summer drinks to sip and enjoy after a long day cooped up inside. It's naturally sweet, refreshing, and a cinch to make. Fresh mint, lime, and cucumber help brighten up the already happy and summery flavour of the melon, while adding some extra hydration and juicy notes. This juice makes for a great festive cocktail paired with some gin or rum, is perfect as is over some crushed ice, or for something a little special try mixing it a splash of soda water for a naturally sweetened soda.
We're off to go hiking and enjoy the weekend sunshine! Hope you get to enjoy the same.
WEEKEND LINKS + LOVES
- Always into eating as locally as possible (like Canadian quinoa, etc.), Healthyish has some great North America swaps for the trendy imported foods we often call 'superfood' (a word that has little meaning to begin with, but that's another story). Better for us, the environment, and local people's food supply, the "when in doubt, eat like Grandma" rule holds strong.
- Recently looking at a BBC Vegetarian Magazine from 2008, I couldn't believe how food photos have changed (improved more like it) over the last 10 or so years. Naturally, I'm loving this little synopsis of how food photography as evolved over the last 170 years.
- I'm definitely addicted to sugar (says the girl who just ate half a doughnut and bought 5 boxes of on sale Larry + Luna ice cream bars last week). Mind body Green has some great tips on how to cut the sugar, something that I need to start adopting into my own diet asap.
- I'm always disgusted to see how much waste we, as socially conscious people, produce so I can't even fathom the amount of waste those who think differently than us make. Pure Green breaks down the steps on how to produce less waste. What are your favourite ways to make less waste?
- Speaking of living a low waste life style, my favourite Vancouver shop is expanding to carry bulk frozen berries, dairy, vegan cheese, and hummus! This is just a few new editions to their bulk soaps, tofu, oils, tamari, herbs, and spices. If you are in need of a business idea, please open a shop like this in your town.
- Finally, my lovely friends Demetria + Milla have produced their second herbalist zine. If you're into DIY healing, this is just the thing for you.
WATERMELON + MINT LIMEAID QUENCHER
Serves 6-8. Print Recipe Here
1/2 Cup Lime Juice (2-4 limes)
8 Cups Chopped Watermelon
3 Cups Peeled and Chopped Cucumber
Handful Mint (about 1/4 cup)
Carbonated Water (Optional)
- Puree the lime juice, watermelon, cucumber, and mint in a Vitamix. Pass the juice through a sieve or nut milk bag to remove some extra 'pulp'. Chill until cold and drink as is, or with a splash of carbonated water for a naturally sweetened pop.