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With last week’s heat wave in Toronto, I thought I should share a recipe I happily discovered in Belize. Sorry it’s a week late, but then again, it might not be too late. In Belize, people know how to deal with extreme temperatures – at least 45 by day, and maybe a lucky 35 by night, for two weeks non-stop while I was there.

No one has A/C. But they do take an afternoon siesta in a shady hammock. They also eat really, really spicy food, and drink this most amazingly refreshing beverage: watermelon juice. In that heat, I found I couldn’t even think. I stayed in the shade, in front of a fan if I was lucky, and I drank glasses of this wonderful beverage one after the other. Somehow, I adapted well, and I learned to appreciate the new layout of my day, from 5am till 9am, then from 4pm till 10pm. The rest? Laying down, having a rest.

Watermelon juice

(3-4 pint-sized servings)

Ingredients

-1/2 a large, ripe watermelon
-2-3 ice cubes per person
-sugar to taste (only if watermelon is not sweet enough)
-1 cup water
(optional: add the juice of one lemon and 2 Tbsp sugar)

Directions

Taste watermelon to ensure it is ripe enough. Cut it up into cubes, and remove any large seeds. Place the watermelon, ice, and water in a blender (I like to do it in 2 batches, with half the water, ice, and half the melon). Purée until smooth, and serve in a tall glass.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

-Sitelle

 

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