Summer has arrived .. Perfect time for beaches , cold drinks and ice creams :)
On our recent visit to the Sadiyat Beach in Abudhabi, we spotted a long stretch of shallow water . The water was only knee deep for a long distance . It was a perfect spot for kids.. And yes , they did have a real fun time there , playing frisbee and running around in the water..
Kids so loved the place that they said they wanted to visit the beach again, and it would be more fun to bring along an inflatable boat too. And so, we went to the same spot again after a couple of days, with the inflatable boat .
All the assembling part was done by the boys, while I donned the cap of the photographer (not because I am not good in fixing things ;) ) After a few minutes , the boat was ready..
Now, the rowing part.. It was not as easy as it seemed to handle the oars… Though kids struggled initially and the boat was just moving in circles, they soon got a hang of it and managed to row pretty well. And while the kids were happily rowing in the water , after getting a few snaps , I sought refuge from the hot sun by staying in our car … :)
My cousin recently asked me why have I not posted any recipe for smoothies or in my blog.. So here comes my first post , Watermelon lemonade.. Perfect to beat off the summer heat. Watermelon along with being rich in water content , also provides a high amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for a low amount of calories. Pair it with the the citrus flavor of lemon and orange rinds, and a few mint sprigs you get a refreshing summer drink.
I got the recipe from here
- Sugar - 1/4 cup
- Water - 1/2 cup
- Grated Orange rind - 1 tsp
- Watermelon cubes - 3 cups (Gives 1 1/2 cup watermelon juice)
- Lemon juice - 1/4 cup
- Mint leaves
Reduce to a simmer and cook until sugar dissolves, 3 minutes. Let syrup cool in a bowl.
In a blender, puree watermelon cubes until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on solids, into a pitcher (you should have about 1 1/2 cup juice).
Stir in syrup and lime juice.
- Pour into glasses, serve with ice cubes and mint leaves.