After roaming the neighborhood the whole afternoon, discovering and riding their bikes, Soeren and his best girlfriend C. were lying crashed out on the sofa. I could hear a few moans about how hot they were and the famous “Mum, we’re bored!”
After giving them several different ideas of what they could do and after each one of those ideas were not considered seriously very long, I was just about to give up.
But then I saw watermelon in the fridge.
“Hmmm how many hours would they spend picking out the seeds from that?” I thought sneakily.
I knew it was such a ridiculous idea but I could not resist.
“Say kids I have a watermelon in the fridge want to help me pick out the seeds?” I asked in all seriousness.
“YAAAH!” was the collective answer
OK! I have never seen two kids more excited to spend free time picking out watermelon seeds.
Yes I did have a bit of a guilty conscious and had to think of something to make up for this sneaky plan of mine.
A peak into my freezer produced half a box of vanilla ice cream. And so the idea of watermelon ice cream lollies was created.
"What do you need ice cream for?" asked Soeren, my ever inquisitive son!
"We're making watermelon ice cream lollies and you two are going to be the chefs of the day!"
Watermelon = €1.20
Vanilla Ice Cream = €2.50
Two sets of sparkling eyes = Priceless
I wish I had a camera in every room of the house to be able to capture these one in a million expressions.
And here they are - our top refreshment (and boredom killer) of the summer - watermelon ice cream lollies.
Watermelon Ice Cream Lollies
[Printable version of recipe here]
600g watermelon, de-seeded and cut into medium sized pieces
250g good vanilla ice cream
- Process the water melon in a food processor until smooth.
- Transfer to a bowl. Add the ice-cream and whisk until smooth. Pour into ice cream lolly moulds and freeze for 4 hours, or until firm.
If you do not have ice cream lolly moulds simply line a few plastic glasses with parchment paper and pour the mixture into the glasses. Allow to freeze for 2 hours then insert ice cream lolly sticks into the center. Once frozen entirely it should be fairly easy to cut open the glasses and pull the ice cream lollies out.
This was a cool summer refreshment for sure. My two chefs created the flavor of the summer for sure. These lollies were somewhere between fruity popsicle and a creamy ice cream, with the very distinct watermelon taste. The next day the four of us (C.'s sister L. joined us) dangling our legs from the wall of our water well and munching our creamy and icy watermelon pops.
We're sending a few of these lollies over to Hillary, who as guest hostess of this month's Monthly Mingle, wants our Marvelous Melon creations. Make sure you all join us - you have till August 17th to create your marvelous melon dish!
You might like these ice cream treats from WFLH:
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