I taught a recipe development class this past week and was it ever fun! The best part of the class, for sure, was the students. They were smart, cooperative and a barrel of laughs.
Our granddaughters, who are visiting the States from London, were having an overnight at Grammy and Papa's house. It was a hot, North Carolina, August day, just perfect for the icy cold watermelon I had stashed away in the fridge. I pulled it out and threw together a slushie with a beautiful pinkish-coral hue. They loved it, even the one who thought she didn't like watermelon!
We thought it would be a perfect summery drink to share on the blog .......... however there was a slight problem. I had just thrown it together on the spur of the moment and hadn't measured anything. They offered to help me make it again but this time we would carefully measure. We were all set up for a lesson in recipe development.
While they were having a reading/rest time I got everything ready. I cut up watermelon and pulled out the blender along with fresh limes and sugar. Papa was ready with his camera and the girls were soon seated at the island ready for their cooking adventure.
It's a super simple, super refreshing recipe. I'll let the pictures tell the story of it how it came into being ..........
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- 8 cups diced watermelon cut in about 1-inch pieces
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice
- ¼ cup sugar more or less to taste
Combine watermelon, fresh lime juice and 3 tablespoons sugar in a blender container. Blend on medium speed until smooth. Taste and add more sugar as needed.
Pour approximately half of the slushy mixture into a 8x8 or 9x9-inch pan and place in the freezer for 1-2 hours or until lightly frozen. It should break easily into big chunks. If you leave it in the freezer longer, allow to thaw slightly before proceeding. Keep the rest of the mixture in the blender container, cover and place in refrigerator.
Break up frozen slushie mixture with a fork. Remove blender container from the refrigerator and add the frozen chunks. Blend on medium till thick and smooth. Serve immediately.
Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says
They're nearly all grown up - how did we let that happen??
I love the watermelon slushie recipe development. What a great team.
Beautiful! The watermelon slushy is kind cute too!
Lucky you, Chris, having a kitchen full of sparkling eyed helpers! Your posts about your times spent with your granddaughters always make me smile. They are so filled with love. What a great way to spend a hot summer afternoon! The slushies look so cool and refreshing!
This is make me thirsty!!
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
Such pretty slushies, these must be the perfect summer drink!
Those are the cutest students ever!!! You make the BEST memories for them!!! xo
Denise Browning@From Brazil To You says
How interesting....I have just bought a watermelon. Texas has the best ones.
My girls will be happy to sip this delicious and super refreshing slush.
You granddaughters are precious, Chris!
What a happy post!! Even the pink is a perfect color for this adorable and delicious post. Blessings dear. Catherine
Your students are not only adorable but very attentive, too!
Angie@Angie's Recipes says
They are the sweetest gals! The watermelon slushies look so delightful.
Claire @ Claire K Creations says
The girls are just adorable Chris. I can't believe how big they are! The other kids back in London must all be so jealous of this 'Grammy' they surely hear so much about. Wait til they tell their friends about their recipe development class!
Valya of valyastasteofhome.com says says
Oh my! This looks so good! Love slushies!
Patti O'Reilly says
They are so precious! What a fun day for Grandparents.That does look pretty yummy!
How very Special that you have these "teachable moments" w/them creating memories and cooks for life!
Chris Scheuer says
Thank you Patti, hope you can meet them. They keep us laughing. We just got home this evening after spending the weekend with them and we're TIRED! 🙂
What fun! and what a great refreshing drink. Your granddaughters are TOO cute!
Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon says
Oh Chris, you are building such wonderful memories.
Hi Chris, this certainly looks like a big hit, how fun to be able to cook with your granddaughters!!
Ginny Hartzler says
How awesome! Everything is beautiful, even the straws! But best of all are the children, you are so very blessed.. Their gorgeous smiles and giggles are more wonderous than anything and amazing to see. And all because of your fabulous idea of making the slushie!
That looks so very refreshing, perfect for a warm summer day.
MMMMM! What a delicious-looking pretty drink, prepared by adorable children and their Grammy! I can't wait until my only granddaughter is old enough to play in the kitchen with me! She's only two, but I'm sure she would enjoy a glass of this with her Momo and Papa. Her little brother is too young yet at 2 months, but I'll be ready when he is! We love our local Florida-grown melons!
Happier Than A Pig In Mud says
Aw, so cute! Looks like everyone is having a great time-enjoy:@)
I'd love to wear a flower in my hair like that..so pretty..
The girls are all different and all so cute..their cousin must love their company..
PS I made a grilled chicken salad on greens etc..and your Sesame etc dressing was lovely with it last night.
I think that second class sounds the most fun! What cuties.