Monday, August 01, 2011

Sunshine Coast Watermelon Granita


We just spent a wonderful week at Daniel Point on the Sunshine Coast, BC. To get there you take a ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale and then drive up the coast for about an hour and a half along a very scenic, twisty, winding road.

When we reached our destination, it was just like a scene from Extreme Home Makeover. Everyone was running from room to room, exploring the gorgeous mansion my parents had rented for the week! You see, this "beach house" was the PNE prize home from 2000; a dream home. I'm sure the master suite is larger than the entire top floor of my house!

All in all, it was a very relaxing and enjoyable vacation, and so nice to spend the days with my husband, daughters, parents, sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew.

Now that we're home, I'm really missing the kitchen at Eagle's Nest. It was, in a word, HUGE. I'm used to doing all my prep work on a tiny corner between the sink and the stove. It was nice to be able to have a huge island and dozens of cupboards, fridges in drawers, 3 ovens, fridge with ice maker, and a lovely Kitchen Aid blender (I need to get me one of those!!).

One of the little treats I whipped up for the family (using the lovely Kitchen Aid blender!!) was Watermelon Granita. I learned how to make this from The Pioneer Woman, of course. That's where I get most of my recipes these days! Did you know she  has a cooking show on the Food Network starting this month? I hope we get it in Canada!

Granita is very simple to make... even though it sounds fancy! All you do is put some fruit (watermelon) into a blender, squeeze in the juice of a couple of limes, add some sugar. Puree this until smooth and liquidy (yes, I'm sure that's a word!). Now pour into a 9" x 13"ish plastic container and put it uncovered in the freezer. Every half hour or so you stir and scrape the mixture to fluff it up so it freezes into a slushy rather than a solid blob. Once it starts to really freeze, you should use a fork to scrape away at it.
Granita is so refreshing... and fun to make! I can't wait to try it with fresh pineapple and mango!

What summer treats have you been serving up?



  1. Yum! I saw it on the PW's blog and wanted to try I really have to try it! :) And that beach house sounds pretty neat. Are you going to post some pictures of it too?

  2. mmmm yum Cindy.. I need to try it as well...

  3. I kept meaning to try watermelon granita this summer but never got around to it. Thanks for reminding me. Maybe I can still find a good watermelon;)

  4. You're welcome! Next I want to make mango granita. I bet that would be good.