Tomorrow little K will be 5 months old! I can't believe he is already but at the same time, only five months old. Last weekend we took a day trip to the beach and had an absolute blast. Little K has a cousin who is 2.5 months older than him and they were both completely fascinated by the sand, waves, ocean breeze, etc. We had lots of fun trying to keep as much sand out of their mouths as possible! This was also their older cousin/sibling, D's (I've mentioned him here before) first real experience at the ocean. We could not get him out of the waves, despite the chilly 62° temperature. Little K enjoyed a tiny taste of watermelon, in one of those mesh feeders, for the first time at the beach. He made a lot of confused faces at first, but in the end he was a happy boy, enjoying the sweet watermelon juice.
This granita is a fantastic way to enjoy the beautiful, summery sweetness of watermelon. There is a hint of tart, acidic lime juice that kicks the level of deliciousness up a few notches. The texture of the granita resembles italian ice and melts just perfectly in your mouth. Granita will keep for months in your freezer, so you can preserve the wonderful, ripe watermelon flavor for the colder months coming soon. It does take a few hours to make/set but the amount of actual time involved is very little. My aunt sent me a link to this cool watermelon cutting trick video if you are interested in learning a new way to cube your melon. I actually had decent success doing this, so it is worth a try!
Here are a few pictures of little K from the past month or so. All of the long, dark brown hair that he was born with has slowly been falling out and beautiful, blonde hair is growing in. He looks like a whole new baby, sometimes, just overnight! He is such a happy boy. I love watching him discover and experience new things. He is such a little sponge already, soaking in everything new around him!
1/2 large seedless watermelon (about 6 cups)
Juice of 3 limes
1/4 to 1/3 cup white sugar
Pinch of salt
Additional lime for garnish, optional
Cut up the watermelon into large cubes and discard the rind. Squeeze the juice of the limes into a blender or food processor and then add as much of the watermelon as you can. You may have to work in batches. Give the watermelon a few pulses to get started and then add the sugar and salt. The amount of sugar you add depends on how sweet your watermelon is on its own. Blend this until as smooth as possible. Pour the liquid into a 9x13 casserole dish or other large, shallow container, preferably with a lid. If you have to blend the watermelon in batches, be sure to give everything a good stir once it is all combined. Cover and place the container in the freezer and let freeze for about an hour. Remove the container from the freezer and use a fork to scrape and stir the mixture, which is probably still fairly liquid at this point. The edges will be more firm, so scrape everything with the tines of the fork until well combined and little ice crystals are beginning to form. Repeat this process 2-3 more times, about every hour, until the entire mixture is small crystals of ice. As the granita starts to form, this process gets more difficult, so take your time and really make sure to break it up into tiny little pieces. The granita will keep this texture once complete, so just store in the freezer until you are ready to enjoy.