a few weeks ago, a friend of mine (and a blog reader)
was telling me how much she loved reading my blog
she also told me she wanted me to post about
what i make for dinner
i started laughing out loud
because i am far from a giada de laurentis
i said to her, what i make is usually pretty easy, not gourmet at all and quick!
(quick is the key in my kitchen, especially on weeknights)
to which she replied, well that's all everyone is looking for
so i thought why not?!
now, please keep this in mind
i am by no means a gourmet chef
i pretty much started cooking out of necessity
when i got married 7 years ago, i had no clue how to cook
i moved out of my parents house straight
into a home of my own with my husband
except for a year in london, england and another year in toronto, ontario
i lived at home until i got married, a home where my mom did all the cooking
so most of my cooking skills are amateur
but what i do prepare for my family is simple, relatively healthy and delicious
(at least that's what they tell me )
so, i'm going to share with you our favorite summer dinner
no other beverage says summer to me than an iced melon drink
(melon to my filipino readers)
it's a traditional filipino iced drink made from cantaloupe
it's super easy to make and quite refreshing!
- 1 medium size cantaloupe
- 4 cups of water
- sugar (to taste)
- lots of ice cubes
you will also need:
- melon scraper (a scraper designed for scraping melon or coconut) if you don't have a melon scraper, a fork will work as well
how to make iced melon drink :
- cut the melon in half, remove the seeds.
- shred the cantaloupe meat using the melon scraper over your pitcher
- add the water and sugar to the melon shreds
- stir and add ice
- pour into glasses and serve cold.
**the amount of sugar depends on how sweet you like your melon drink, just keep adding
more sugar if you want it on the sweeter side**
our side dishes was a berry salad made from the berries that we recently picked
and fresh local corn purchased from a farm
the main dish was ribs
i know you are thinking ribs?
we are big grillers in this house (especially during the summer)
and my husband loves ribs, but we haven't made them in our house yet
so we thought we would give it a try
and see if the girls would like ribs too
season the ribs with seasoning salt
bake the ribs for 2 hours in the oven at 350
throw the ribs on the grill
slather with your favorite barbeque sauce
grill for 10-15 mins on each side
and if you are wondering if the girls liked them or not...
as you can see from the photos above
it's quickly become our favourite summer dinner