Summer Squeeze

For a while there I thought Ballarat never saw the sun but the last couple of weeks have proved me wrong. Very wrong.

It just so happens that this heatwave has coincided with the longest school holiday (when will it end?) and so, we have been making plenty of slushies and ice-lollies (or ‘icy poles’ if you’re an Aussie).

We enjoyed the slushies the most, particularly a watermelon based one and one with grilled pineapple and rosemary. The good news is, they are just as easy to make as they are to enjoy (well, almost).
I gave away my juicer when we moved and so I am making slushies rather than juices as I can make then in my blender. This requires quite watery and soft ingredients to avoid lumps and to ensure it resembles a juice more than a paste.

Watermelon Slushie
Firstly, make sure your ingredients have been in the fridge for at least a few hours so they are very cold. No one likes a luke warm juice.

1 Whole watermelon
A handful of fresh mint leaves
Half a cucumber, well peeled
2 Freshly squeezed limes
A few handfuls of ice.

Throw everything into the blender until all the ingredients are well combined – (about a minute), divide between 4 glasses, garnish with a slice of watermelon, a sprig of mint and a reusable straw and enjoy.

Pineapple Slushie
This one is slightly more complicated and possibly less healthy as it isn’t raw but I love pineapple and this was so delicious and worth the extra effort, my house smelled of rosemary and pineapple for a few days after which was a bonus.

1 Pineapple cut into slices
A bunch of fresh rosemary
A few handfuls of ice

Place sliced pineapples on a baking tray with a small sprig of rosemary on each, making sure you leave some rosemary for garnishing.

Place under the grill for a few minutes. Remove from the oven when the pineapple shrinks and produces a syrupy liquid.

Allow to cool and place in a blender with loads of ice. Garnish with s sprig of rosemary and 2 pineapple leaves.

Let me know how you get on or if there’s a fruit we should try out next time. Im quite keen to do something with Dragonfruit just because it’s so pretty but I’m not a huge fan of the earthy flavour.

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