We had another Romanian recipe planned for today. Only it didn’t turn out very well. In fact, it didn’t turn out at all. You know how that goes sometimes, you have everything all laid out – your plans for the day, the recipe, the ingredients and then somehow time sneaks up on you, you’re in a rush, the recipe goes completely haywire and all you have are some prep pictures and no finished result. This is when I take a deep breath and am reminded of that old saying, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.”
But that’s life isn’t it…it’s gunna throw stuff at us. It’s full of uncertainty, and sometimes it’s okay to just throw your hands-up and move on. Now even though we pushed this recipe aside for today, we do plan on trying it again. You could say that it’s become a personal challenge of sorts. I will figure this one out! Until then, we thought we’d share this simple Watermelon-Ginger Salad that we whipped up to go with Mr. N’s birthday meal a few weeks ago. It’s simple, it’s fresh, is a great summer side, and most importantly it’s no fail!
The recipe came about because I knew we needed a side for the sesame chicken. I wanted it to represent Asian flavors and I had a ton of produce sitting in the fridge that needed to be used. So I started with the biggest thing in the fridge – the watermelon. I cubed the melon from about four slices.
Then I turned to the greens. We had a green tomato left over from our North Carolina adventure, some cilantro, scallions and an English cucumber. I sliced and chopped each of these and tossed them in with the watermelon cubes.
You see Mike hates cucumbers (I’m not sure how anyone can hate a cucumber…dislike, sure. But hate?), and Mr. N vehemently hates watermelon. In fact, the other day he told me that watermelon is worse than beets. Now honestly if he were forced to choose which he would rather eat, my money is still on the watermelon. He really hates beets.
So how did it go over? Well, Miss A wasn’t in a particularly hungry mood on this evening, but she said she liked it and gave it 3 spoons. I thought it was fresh, went well with the meal and would likely be good with some pita or tortilla chips too. (Or maybe wonton crisps!) It also got 3 spoons from me.
As for the boys, well Mike ate it and said that this wasn’t a bad way to eat cucumber at all. He thought it was pretty good and ended up giving the salad 3 spoons. Mr. N also didn’t gag or protest. He ate a bit of his salad and said that the watermelon didn’t taste so bad. He also never realized there was tomato in there (which he also usually complains about)! He didn’t enjoy the salad as much as the rest of us, but he did find it acceptable enough to not complain, making it a 2 spoon dish for him.
So if you find yourself, as I often do, unable to plan much of anything with the crazy schedule of summer…perhaps it’s time to toss all plans aside and enjoy the ride. And if you don’t feel like cooking…this dish hardly counts as such. Now I promise, I will figure this other recipe out before we’re done with Romania! Have a great rest of the weekend.
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