Today I cheated the alarm clock. I got up a few minutes before it's shrill tone could pierce through my sleep.
Like every other morning the first thing that I did after waking up, was to raise the window shutters.
Another grey morning greets me.
The morning light pours in through the windows and fills up the room.
I look out of my window to see that it is drizzling softly. Up in the sky the big, fat clouds have fused together to block out the sun.
I switch on the kettle and get the tea things out.
The morning rush has not yet started and the street is pretty empty. I, also have a little time before I have to jump into the moring fray.
It is a peaceful kind of a morning, outside the trees sway to the wind, while inside it is snug. I shiver a little, because the heater has not yet warmed up the house. However number of times they glaze these windows, a little draft always sneaks in. But I like this kind of cold, it makes me feel alive. It also makes me want to soak up the warmth of the tea.
As I cradle my tea cup, the heavenly aroma of the Darjeeling tea wafts up and takes me to distant lands...
You must have guessed by all this rambling, that I am back home in London. Yes finally, after seven long months in India. And now that I am back in the UK, I am homesick for India. Yes I even miss the pretty oppressive heat. It is as bad as that. I miss my folks, I miss my old home, I miss Kolkata.
Summer had started full swing by the time I left Kolkata. We were drinking copious amounts of cold liquid--water, fruit juices, cold coffee, iced teas just to cool down. The fans and the air conditioning units were working full time and ready to drop from exhaustion!
But sadly mangoes were not yet in season. It is not till the second or third week of May that the good, ripe, juicy, succulent mangoes hit the markets. I missed them narrowly.
|A glimpse of my mother's kitchen back home in Kolkata. Yes we need fans even in kitchens. Though she does not use this much because she says with this on, it takes twice as much time to cook!|
But never mind, I had the watermelons. Oh yes loads and loads of them. These green babies filled with juicy red flesh bring both joy and relief during the summer. They usually flood the markets from March/April onwards. And you would not want to miss them for your life. I ate watermelons till my tummy ached and the juice dribbled down my chin and my fingers got sticky. I promised myself not to eat these any more, only to start again the very next day!
Today I am sharing with an easy watermelon drink. Both my father and my husband love this drink, so it gets regularly made in our home. It is actually my mother's recipe, which I tweaked and made my own.
Not only is it super quick to make, it is super easy as well. You may say it is one of my easy peasy recipes. You have checked out the others, right?
All you need for this recipe is of course some watermelon, a spoonful of sugar and a bit of lime juice and of course ice. Loads of ice, actually. Oh darn, wait, why am I telling you like this? Hold on let me share the ingredient list and the recipe properly.
See what did I tell you? It's quick and easy. And if you want to turn this into a proper adult drink why not add some vodka or rum to the drink? Will pack quite a punch I assure you.
Hope you enjoyed this drink as much as we do. See you soon.