The first long weekend of the summer is finally (!) upon us. I don’t know about you, but my plans include a barbecue or two, not to mention lots of time spent outdoors planting in the garden. I’ve replenished my charcoal supply, stocked the freezer with homemade popsicles and purchased my first watermelon of the season.
Speaking of watermelons, some genius person—definitely not me—came up with the idea of cutting watermelons into sticks instead of slicing them into wedges, and the result is brilliant as far as I’m concerned. They are perfect for small hands to hold and great for passing around at a party. While watermelon wedges are fine, they are a little messy to eat. This new way of cutting the fruit provides everyone with a natural handle for holding their food, making it far easier to consume.
Here’s the simple three-step process for cutting your watermelon into sticks:
Finally, here are some tips to help you with your watermelon cutting and consuming:
Spring is the second biggest cookbook release season of the year, and my desk is currently home to approximately ten of this season’s newest and soon-to-be-released titles. I’ve spend the past few weeks cooking from the pages of each, a mix of testing recipes for review and pleasure, and my current favourite books are the ones that have given me plenty of new ideas for feeding my littlest eater.
Growing Up Gourmet is one of the books I’ve been cooking from this week, and while it doesn’t release to the public until late next month, it’s definitely one you’ll want to make a note of if you’re feeding anyone under the age of two. Written by Jennifer Carlson, co-creator of Baby Gourmet—one of the top-selling organic baby food brands in North America—this book shows parents how to make nutritious, delicious homemade meals and snacks your baby and older family members will enjoy.
This strawberry chocolate chia mousse caught my eye from the get-go. Using seasonal fruit (well, almost. Strawberries will be in season soon if it ever warms up!), plus coconut milk and chia seeds to create a mousse-like, spoonable snack you baby will love. The addition of cocoa powder, maple syrup and cinnamon gives it a decadent taste while keeping the recipe healthy and toddler friendly. I put all of the ingredients in my NutriBullet and blend for 60 seconds. Then I pour the mixture into resealable containers and pop them in the fridge overnight. The entire process takes no more than 6 minutes and makes a sweet snack my toddler can’t seem to get enough of.
Strawberry Chocolate Chia Mousse
Adapted from Growing Up Gourmet
Makes 4 ½ cup servings
Prep and Cook:
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