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Strawberry - Watermelon Smoothie

بِسْــــــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِارَّحْمَنِ ارَّحِيم
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

There is dawning warm coming off the Mediterranean, with only a gentle wind under a light blue sky. The land turning from its lush hues of Spring's greens to the vibrant colours of Summer. Ramadan is just a day away. We've been blessed all over the region to have had a mild summer so far, as people in the north in Europe have suffered through heatwave after heatwave.

And when I think of summer, I think of watermelons! Memories of my childhood when we used to go the farmer's market to pick out the watermelon of the season. It was quite a joy. The scent of a watermelon  is very distinctive and is a good clue to that ripeness of the watermelon. A ripe watermelon is never gritty or bitter tasting like a cucumber but juicy, lucious and sweet.

Living in Algeria, eating watermelon on the beaches is one great memory we enjoy yearly. They can also be a refreshing treat during the summer fasting days.Watermelons in my area generally come from the farmlands of El Affroun, Mouzaia and El Chiffa. When traveling by car, one can easily stop by any vendour selling his produce alongside the road then take this juicy treat down to any beach along the coastline to enjoy.

But now onto the recipe of today! If eating a chilled watermelon a hot day or evening (during Ramadan) wasn't good enough already today here I present one more way to enjoy it!

active prep time: 10 - 15 mins | inactive prep time: 0min | cook time: 0 mins 
serves 6 - 8  

  • 4 cups - about 1 kg cleaned and seeded watermelon
  • one 90g - 4oz plain or vanilla yoghurt
  • Generous handful of ice
  • 500g - 2 cups hulled strawberries
  • 1 TBS mazhar (orange blossom water)
  • Few leaves of mint for garnish

    CUT and clean the watermelon and strawberries.
    SIMPLY place all the ingredients in a blender, then blend until smooth and frothy.
    TASTE  for sweetness. If your fruit is fully ripe, no additional sweetener would be needed.

    Garnish with mint leaf and serve.

    You can optionally use sugar, stevia or agave nectar instead of honey here.

    Add some rosemary for an unusual twist.

    breakfast, healthy, suhour, beverages, summer, Ramadan

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