Friday, October 22, 2010

RED & YELLOW WATERMELON GRANITA


I know....... summer in some parts of foodie world is over. But in my world ~  summer is forever. 

So there is nothing like an ice cold headache-inducing water melon granita to keep those heat waves at bay. This was just so refreshing that when my daughter and I mouthed the first few scoops of ice cold crystallized melon juice aka as granita while watching tv the heat outside just seemed to dissipate into a mirage-y blur and I felt transported to several degrees below 100. 


It was a continuous effort between cooling down and an ice cold headache. At times it was like my brain was being flashed frozen and the next minute relieved of it. It was a foodie's fight against nature. As hard as that may sound I would do granita again and again if the heat keeps up. Rain? Come again? Pretty please?

Of course granita turned to pleasant slush afterwards and I wished I had one of those big fat drain pipe straws then. Slurpy slurp.


I used red and yellow seedless water melon for these granitas. Since the watermelon was so sweet I cut it down with a few squirts of lemon juice. While I was at it I chopped some mint and threw it into the red watermelon slush/soon to be granita.  Gosh it was so good. These granitas.

So......

When you're feelin' kinda hotta 
Grab an ice cold and crunchy granita.


The recipe ~ serves many or when summers are forever

1 red watermelon
1 yellow watermelon
Juice of 1 or 2 lemons, if desired
pinch of sea salt
some chopped mint, if desired 

Scoop out the red watermelon meat. Place in a blender and blitz. Add a pinch of sea salt, lemon juice if desired. Swish and pour into a tub and when half frozen take out from the freezer and agitate it with a fork. Do it a couple of more times until you get granita according to the texture that pleases you. Scoop granita into individual glasses, layering the red and yellow granitas if you fancy, garnish with a sprig of mint and serve yourself and others. Best served when the sun is relentless and totally beating down on you. Mmm-hmmm. ~ Cooool ~

Ditto for the yellow watermelon granita.


Photographing these granitas was a nightmare. They slushed on me.

15 comments:

La Table De Nana said...

How pretty! And I am sure refreshing.. the colors are so appetizing ..

Elin said...

This is good for our hot weather ...slurp slurp thru the Windows for the time being till I make some my own :)

food for thought said...

so beautiful, and i love pondering that is summer forever for you :)

mr. pineapple man said...

that looks amazing...and the photos turned out great!

Torviewtoronto said...

beautiful presentation

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

I need a glass of this cool drink since the weather is so hot now.

WizzyTheStick said...

summer is forever here as well so these granitas will always be in season. Stunning pictures!

Zia Elle said...

Lovely!!

Angie's Recipes said...

I am going to turn the heater on and pretend it's still summer here...so let's enjoy some granita!
p.s It's freezing here...

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

With the haze and heat, granitas would definitely save the day!

Dimah said...

It looks so delicious and refreshing! Beautiful photos!

terri@adailyobsession said...

lovely recipe n i like tt you used both types of water melon. thanks for the idea!

Linda said...

Oh this is beautiful Zurin!
I love granitas even though they sometimes give me an "ice cream headache"...but they are worth it.
I will try this when summer returns here...
It was 37*F here this morning...a bit nippy!

Luciana said...

Complimenti!!!! sembrano così fresche e colorate!!! davvero ottime!!! un bacio e buon week end :)

Clare @ Mrs Multitasker said...

it's like making ice cream, but without the cream =)

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