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Some weekends just pass you by; but this sunday was memorable. Aparna is in Mumbai for a vacation so Harini and I decided to meet her. It was great to finally see someone I've talked food and books to for so long. And it was really great to meet her lovely daughter and food-tester Akshaya - she really is too sweet. I went to see another friend right after meeting them and from both of us : A Big Thank You for the cake and the really delicious Guava Cheese you got us from Goa. Between meeting friends, this was a sunday afternoon well spent.

And sunday morning, that was spent baking cookies that Aparna and Harini hopefully liked. And making watermelon sorbet, for what could be better before venturing into Bombay heat.



It's just plain watermelon. Chop it carefully so that you remove all traces of seeds; then puree two cups of watermelon pieces in a blender. Freeze for an hour then blend to a smooth semi-frozen watermelon ice. Freeze again for half an hour, blend. Freeze and blend one more time and you have the healthiest dessert on earth.

Watermelon Sorbet goes to Aquadaze, who is hosting this month's edition of Bindiya's My Favorite Things Event with the theme Frozen Desserts.

The healthy dessert is also heading over to Srivalli's Mithai Mela.

Comments

Rachel said…
You guys met up and all.. Akshaya is indeed a sweet girl.
Malar Gandhi said…
Whoo what a drool worthy picture, love the color and art.
Suparna said…
Hi,
Glad to know u met up with Aparna :) and her daughter. Cookies and watermelon sorbet sound just perfect.hmm the picture is really so good and that glass my my....is so perfect for summer.
Enjoy.
TC
Prathibha said…
wow..Glad to know that you guys met!!!
I agree Watermelon sorbet is perfect for this mumbai summers!!!
Laura said…
So smart. I am so so on watermelon but my kids and husband LOVE it so I am going to try this for them this summer.
That is really nice that you guys get together. Aparna seems to be meeting a lot of bloggers and she takes the effort to do so.I hope u had fun.
Bharti said…
How exciting that you guys met! The watermelon cooler sounds super fresh and delicious. I can't wait for summer.
Aparna said…
Akshaya and I enjoyed our meet. Thanks for those cookies, Simran. Akshaya liked the cookies so much, they didn't last the evening out! :D
I'm glad you liked the cake and the Perada.
Madhumathi said…
Watermelon sorbet looks so lovely..Just perfect for the summer!
Sunshinemom said…
Hey girl! Of course the kids loved your shortbread cookies. They got licked the moment they were opened:)! Watermelon is perfect in any form right now!

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