Home The Daily Kitten Cat Chat Forum TDK Cafe Thursday 03-08-2017 – A Big Shout Out on National Watermelon Day

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  • #861533

    katzenjammer
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    Sweet and tasty, watermelons, are one of summer’s favourite fruit. While watermelon is over 90% water, it sure tastes good. How about a seed spitting contest?



    #861537

    Moonshadow_NZ
    Moderator

    Dark chocolate and flaky sea salt




    watermelon bread

    #861545

    pussigato
    Participant

    Hi efurryone,

    I’m not much of a watermelon purrson but after I saw the watermelon with chocolate drizzle…yum!

    The catmelon! 😆

    #861546

    Jeankit
    Participant

    Paw Up – PM Waves…TGIThurs…my Friiday for am off tomorrow 😀 Yay!
    TGIth cats
    Luv Watermelon and it’s Summersalad season so how about:
    watermelon feta salad
    Watermelon Feta Salad…mmm, feta too!

    Ingredients

    1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    2 teaspoons kosher salt
    1 teaspoon Tabasco
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    One 8-pound seedless watermelon, scooped into balls with a melon baller or cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks (10 cups), chilled
    1/2 pound feta cheese, crumbled (2 cups)
    1 1/4 cups pitted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped (optional)
    1 small sweet onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
    1 cup coarsely chopped mint leaves

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    How to Make It

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    In a large bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice, salt, Tabasco and pepper. Add the watermelon, feta, olives and onion and toss gently. Garnish with the mint and serve…Jacques Pépin

    Although Pepin cuts a small, seedless watermelon into rounds with a melon baller (adding the trimmings to the salad, too, so as not to waste them), you can also chop the watermelon into cubes.
    Serve With
    For the ultimate summer pitcher drink, try a rose sangria.

    #861548

    ecbrown
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    JK, I’ve seen that watermelon feta salad before and always thought it sounded yummy….must try it soon. We’ve been getting some good watermelon here lately.

    We hired a certified master arborist a while back to give us the scoop on the condition of the trees in our yard and how to care for them. He doesn’t do any cutting, so we trusted his opinion. Anyways, two trees were decaying and we are having them removed today. Interesting to watch! For a while it looked like it was snowing sawdust out there! Sad to lose the trees, as I really enjoyed having my suet feeder on one of them. But the expert said the other trees will be healthier now because there was too much competition back there anyway.

    #861554

    JerseyJoan
    Moderator

    Hi all – I like watermelon, and have been enjoying it all summer! With seedless watermelon being so prevalent, I wonder if years from now people will look at old photos of watermelon and wonder what those black things are.

    I hope you had a lovely b-day, ECB! It’s good that you got those trees taken down. If they aren’t healthy they aren’t helping the other trees.

    Well, as you can imagine I’m a little down. Slept terribly last night. On the upside, there has been a sense of calm among the kitties – no screaming or growling.

    #861557

    ecbrown
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    Aww, Joan. I was so sad, as I’m sure you were, to see that you had to say bye to Aslan. What a wonderful thing you did for him though. **sniff**. Glad your cats are enjoying their peace and quiet…lol.

    #861558

    lagatta4
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    Joan, do you have a pic of Aslan as a big boy you can send us. I loved reading about him, but I’m sure he has gone to a good home.

    I adore melons and am so happy to have some local ones – even organic – now. I’d always found watermelon a bit meh until a very hot summer while studying in Italy when they seemed more thirst-quenching even than cool water. I think my favourite melons are those typical of southern France (also grown here now, that our weather is much hotter than a few decades before).

    Nothing to do with melons except summer fruit (HERE, vegetables that are biologically fruit, like tomatoes). I found some small but not tiny eggplant at the Jean-Talon market nearby. I hollowed them out and cooked the remains (skin and flesh) until tender. Then they were stuffed with goat’s milk dry ricotta (think of the dry cheese used for blintzes etc) and a Swiss chard (bette, bietola, acelga in Spanish) which I had blanched and finely chopped – leaves and stalks). This also involved some herbs and seasonings, but not too much – play it by ear).

    Eggplant leftovers went into a little breakfast omelette, more veg tha egg.

    #861559

    katzenjammer
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    Evening,

    Watermelon does not agree with me and vice versa. Same goes for any melon, ie honeydew, cantaloupe, etc.

    PG, I suppose we could always pick the salted choco off that watermelon and trash the fruit! 😉

    Was srsly hot/muggy most of week. Heat brought lightning last night, but no rain to go with it.

    Rain forecast for Caturday, will be ideal as it’s my sleep day!

    #861560

    pussigato
    Participant

    Those stuffed eggplants sound delish, Lagatta.

    Awww-I was wondering how you’re doing JJ. I won’t repeat the well meaning sentiments just know I’m thinking of you and your gang. How is your outdoor crew?

    #861561

    JerseyJoan
    Moderator

    Thanks all. The outdoor crew are doing well, and Dewey still comes in almost every night. Huey shows off his glorious belly, then stands up and moons me in an equally glorious stretch. Berta gives me her trademark head tilt when I go to pet her, and Star gives me leg rubs despite the risk of getting picked up.
    Since Dewey comes in and got to know Aslan, I dubbed him Aslan’s godfather, as he was the most tolerant of him. When the little guy got too feisty, Dewey would pull him into a bear hug.
    Dewey has sensed my mood, and stuck close last night and it looks like he’s doing the same tonight.

    Comet is snotty again. Like clockwork, he started shooting booogers with rapid fire sneezies six months after his last bout. Taking him for a shot on Monday. Side note: it’s much harder to wipe a cat’s nose than a kid’s nose!

    In our post-Aslan house, Leela is happy not to get jumped on, and hopes Comet won’t keep doing it, Comet has stopped screaming at the sight of the white blur and is back to his happy go lucky self, and Mac is no longer a frantic, growling mess, trying to get away from the tiny terror. He’s back to pestering Comet already, no doubt to Leela’s delight!

    #861562

    AV
    Participant

    Love the recipes JK and Lagatta!
    (((Joan))), so hard to say good bye! You’re such a good foster meowmy!
    Made orange chicken tonite, one of Mr. AV’s favs …
    Hope everyone has a great evening …. rolling into TGFI!!

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