As a woman, I've always prided myself on being able to multitask.... Turns out it ain't so true, and it was probably just a way to make my male companion feel bad about -
- not watching out for the coffee boiling whilst
- giving me an opinion on my outfit whilst
- washing the breakfast dishes whilst
- being able to recall 'on cue' the date of the next wedding we are supposed to attend...
....amongst other demands us females tend to impose on our poor men. Sure not all of you are like that. And maybe all of the above has nothing to do with the true meaning of multitasking, but you know you get the drift.
Point is, a few months ago, shortly after starting this blog, I added another gig title to my CV, like, a side hustle kinda became a 'job', meaning that I had to present myself every now and then in a real 'office'. Of course, it's nothing like the gig I had in my Sydney days (finance pro - that's some real serious shit). No, not like that, I can still show up in my Friday Casual Best on a Monday, and I still get the privileges of being a so-called Freelancer. It's been great really.
Along with that, plus the other existing freelance gigs I already have, there was the house: 🐸 and I moved house (apartment) YAY! A real house, that we had rebuilt from the wooden parquet to the new walls and bathroom - basically everything was redone.
Shit just got real. 🙏🏼
There's been a lot going on in my little world.
Ignoring my baby however, this blog, cannot be excused. This is after all, what brings me peace. And you can't imagine how good it feels right now to be writing here, whoever is reading or got up to this part on this page. If you are here, thank you, and please try to imagine me sending you ear-to-ear grinnning/toothy/smiley-'grazie's to you right now, coz that's what I am doing and I look really stupid.
So now let's get down to business. Surely you were really just attracted to this post by the dazzling watermelon popsicle anyway, and of course I am going to give you the recipe, duh!
Watermelon is my absolute favourite summer fruit. Give me a watermelon, find me a few hours later holding my aching belly yelling out to 🐸 that I am about to have a watermelon baby.
These watermelon popsicles use watermelon, coconut milk and kiwis, and are a breeze to make. The only part that requires attention (and time) is waiting for each of the layers to solidify enough before pouring in the next layer to achieve the watermelon 'look'. She's quite a stunner and great for showing off to your house guest or whoever passes by and fancies a popsicle on a hot day.
Get your popsicles popping!
Makes approximately 8 popsicles with some left over for you to make a great smoothie.
500g watermelon, deseeded and cubed
5 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup coconut milk, chilled
First the watermelon layer: puree 2 tablespoons of sugar, watermelon and lemon juice in the blender until smooth. Pour into the ice pop moulds about 3/4 full. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and push them slightly to the sides of the moulds using a popsicle stick. Note: This is so that you can see them when they freeze! I waited one hour after placing them in the freezer before adding the chocolate chips so that they didn't all sink to the bottom of the mould. Cover the moulds and place in the freezer for 3 hours.
For the coconut milk layer, stir 1 tablespoon of sugar with the coconut milk. Make sure that the coconut milk is cold so that it doesn't melt the watermelon layer. Or else leave it in the fridge for half an hour to chill. Carefully pour a thin layer over the frozen watermelon layer. Chill in the freezer for 45 minutes.
Finally the kiwi - scoop out the flesh and puree the kiwis with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar in the blender. Push through a sieve to remove the seeds. Scoop onto the frozen coconut milk layer.
Let popsicles chill in the freezer for about 3 hours. For easy removal from the moulds, run some warm water over the moulds (being careful not to get the popsicles wet) and carefully slide them out.