How’s this for a fancy way to serve your fruit?? The watermelon was an after school project that is now destined to be tomorrow’s grade 1 snack. Think the class will be surprised when W shows up with a basketload of watermelon, carved into a Fabergé egg?
Perhaps because we were going to see OVO tonight we had eggs on the brain. But the boys wanted to carve a watermelon (remember the T-rex? and the shark?) and when my mom popped by for dinner, she started drawing whimsical designs on the outside of the watermelon with a washable marker, and then we all sat working at it with small paring knives, as if it were a communal pumpkin or a puzzle.
The cool thing about carving a watermelon like this is that you can add any design you want – swirls and stripes and checkerboards and diamonds – and some can go through to the white part of the rind, other parts can go right through to the pink. No watermelon is wasted, and it looks far fancier – dressed up, even – for a party. I’m thinking when Easter comes around again a watermelon will make a pretty cool giant Easter egg.
Dinner last night was smoked ribs from Jojo’s BBQ – her truck has been broken down and is now getting an extreme makeover, including a new smoker, so she’s been out of the food truck loop half the summer. The half during which Calgarians have been losing their minds over meals on wheels. And so this week she tweeted out that she’d be making home deliveries each dinnertime. (This week only! Although I’m hoping she’ll change her mind.) She brought ribs, and BEANS, and pink pickled onions, and barbecue sauce.
I wanted to make another batch of this Honey Sage Cornbread, but we were out of cornmeal.
Other people who live around us got some barbecue too, and we all saddled up to the table with about a half dozen salads and hummus and my sister’s leftover lasagna from across the street. (A. brought potato salad, made with potatoes dug up from her own back yard. The ones the voles left for her, anyway. Dolled up with fresh mint and olives and topped with crunchy fried yellow lentils. Super yum.)