The Watermelon and Banana Match

One doesn’t always think of pairing watermelon with bananas, but a watermelon smoothie and banana bread make a cool match, especially for special occasions like Father’s day.

Cel’s banana bread

Cel’s banana bread is good for breakfast or tea, or any other time of the day. (She used a recipe she found on the internet.) It was moist and not too sweet.

Going bananas

There are different ways of serving banana bread. My grandmother used to eat bananas with cheese, so I think that is why I like banana bread with a slice of cheddar cheese. Bananas grow in abundance in South East Asia, but they turn brown and over-ripen in a short time.

I used to hang a bunch of bananas from a hook under the kitchen cabinet over the kitchen counter. We couldn’t eat the bananas fast enough, and they would do funny things. One morning I found bananas on the counter without their skin, which was left hanging on from the hook. The moral of the story is not to leave your bananas hanging too long. They might decide to split!

Cool June holidays

Watermelon, strawberry and yoghurt smoothie

This year’s June school holidays are like last year’s. Covid restriction measures meant no outdoor camps. It didn’t stop Homskil from running culinary camps online. Elena designs fantastic culinary courses for kids and teens. This year’s programme included some cool stuff, like a watermelon, strawberry and yoghurt smoothie. The steps were simple: freeze 3 cups of watermelon (chopped into chunks or diced) and 3 cups of strawberries. Blend the frozen watermelon and strawberries with: half a cup of vanilla yoghurt, 1 tablespoon of honey and half a cup of water until the mixture is smooth. Serve it in a glass with a piece of watermelon and a strawberry on the cocktail stick. You can leave the glasses in the freezer if you are not going to serve the smoothie straight away, but it is best not to let the smoothie freeze.

I must say, I go bananas over any fruity yoghurt smoothie.

The smoothie was easy. The challenge in this year’s Homskil Online Camp was carving a fruit basket.

Elena’s fruit basket

The watermelon basket has watermelon balls, grapes, cherries, blueberries and strawberries inside. The basket can also be used for serving ice cream. Yoghurt ice cream is a good choice if you prefer something healthy.

Berry good(ness) and going nuts

More to look forward to if you are looking for ideas. Elena never seems to run out of them. You just have to let her know if you would like the healthy version or happy version of menu plans.

Lemon meringue tarts with blueberries

We are all getting used to “new normals“. Zoom cooking and baking classes are among them. There are endless possibilities to learn new ways of doing things. The pandemic (or now the endemic) has made us think out of the box. We have become “Zoom-ready” as a way to keep the holiday camps going, come rain or shine!

By Chayo, HomSkil Editor 1, 20 June 2021

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