Saturday, September 27, 2008

Watermelon salad with orange juice and green tea syrup

I've never been that keen on watermelons. They look great, but are a bit bland. I make a point of trying them once or twice a year, just in case my opinion has changed, but it hasn't so far. However, I think this salad brings out the best in them. The watermelon is crunchy and refreshing, and its porous flesh soaks up the syrup, which is both bitter and sweet.

The watermelon here came from a stall at the turning off the Cadiz-Malaga coast road to the fantastic Roman ruins at Baelo Claudia. We spent a great day there with Richard and Ceri and their kids Sam and Anna.

Half a watermelon
1/2 litre of freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons of demerara sugar
1 teaspoon of green tea (or 1 teabag)

  1. Combine the orange juice and sugar in a saucepan, bring to the boil, and stir to make sure all the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and add the green tea.
  2. Cut the watermelon into smallish chunks, put in a large bowl or tupperware container, strain the orange syrup over it, cover and leave in the fridge for an hour or two. (Or overnight.)
You can also add other fruit to this - nectarines, peaches, plums or whatever.

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