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Add a dash of watermelon to your summer

Etti Bali

What could one love more than a big juicy slice of watermelon in the peak of summers? An assortment of drinks, coolers and other edibles made out of the fruit, of course. It’s time to give a makeover to this summer fruit with these innovative ideas.

Watermelon Keg: This is a cool way to serve drinks at your next house party. Wash and clean the surface of the watermelon. Make a mark on one end of the fruit and cut from the top. Scoop out all the pulp and using paper towels, pat dry the insides. At the other end, make a small hole that matches the size of the tap. Once the keg is ready, you can pour any cocktail of your liking and start serving. The keg can be used for about 4 hours.

Watermelon sandwich: In the mood for something filling, yet refreshing? How about a sandwich made of watermelon slices? Chop some arugula leaves and crumbled feta cheese. Top with some lime juice, chaat masala and close with another slice.

Fruit party in a bowl: Now, serve the goodness of fruits, inside a fruit. Cut a watermelon in half and carve a zig-zag pattern along the circumference. Scoop out the pulp with the help of an ice cream scoop. Take an assortment of fruits like mangoes, kiwis, peaches and berries, chop them up and fill the watermelon bowl. Top with some mint leaves and lemon juice.

Watermelon skewers: Cut up bite-sized squares or scoop roundels of watermelon. Dice some feta cheese, and cut a handful of blueberries in halves. Take a skewer, and begin by stacking a piece of watermelon, mint leaf, berry, and lastly feta. Drizzle with some balsamic reduction.

Watermelon ice cubes: Tired of drinks and cocktails getting too watery given the amount of ice cubes you put in them? To add more flavour to the drinks you serve at a party, freeze some freshly squeezed watermelon juice in ice cubes. Make a drink of your choice and add these ice cubes instead of regular ones.

Watermelon sushi: How about sushis with a fruity twist this summer? Watermelon sushi can be made using chunks of the fruit, feta and cream cheese rolled with sushi rice and topped up with watermelon salsa.

Watermelon yogurt parfait: In a mason jar, spread a layer of granola, followed by some watermelon chunks and top it up Greek yogurt. Crush some more granola on top, add two-three dollops of yogurt and serve.

Watermelon pizza: Slice a watermelon into triangles about 2 inches thick. Spread some goat cheese and top with fruits like sliced bananas and blueberries, pomegranates and some mint leaves. Serve cold.

Watermelon popsicles: In a bowl, mix freshly squeezed watermelon and orange juice, and granulated sugar. Separately, muddle some mint leaves with lemon juice. Combine the two and freeze in popsicle moulds. More adventurous ones can add a few dashes of vodka to the mix.

Easy-to-make and use home recipes for skincare

Hydrate, Heal and Exfoliate: Take watermelon juice and yogurt. Mix them together. Apply this face pack on your face and neck. Leave it on for minimum ten minutes and then rinse it off with cold water.

Tone: Apply chilled watermelon juice on the face with cotton wool. It tightens the skin, making it firm and adds a glow.

Ta-Ta Tan: Mix equal portions of watermelon and cucumber pulp mask on your face to remove sun tan. It heals sunburns and evens out your complexion.

Refresh: To get a cool, clean and young look, take one cup of watermelon pulp and apply it on your face and neck.

Anti-Ageing: Mix 1 tablespoon watermelon juice with 1 tablespoon mashed avocado. Apply this mixture on the face and neck. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and wash it off with cold water.

Flaunt the fruit (print): While fruit prints have been dominating the international fashion circuits, they are yet to make a splash here. From pineapples and lemons to cherries and watermelons, fruit prints, miniscule or bold, make a quirky and cool statement. Use it on tees, earrings, and even clutches.

(HT Media)


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