Well let me just say that WEEKS and WEEKS ago (JUNE 30) when my friend and fellow blogger Carly (check out her cheerful blog Carly Loves), challenged me to make a recipe “that contains an unexpected, out-of-place ingredient,” I was completed boggled. Sure I’m creative, but food-wise? I was just learning the ropes. Obviously, I had a major case of chef’s block (is that a thing?), and endlessly searched the internet in hopes of finding something both shocking and delicious. Failure. The next logical step? CALL MOM. Of course, my dearest mother had a solution for me: watermelon salsa, a dish which I had curiously ignored during past home get-togethers. After asking about half a million people if watermelon in salsa was unusual (I got an overwhelming “yes”), I decided to go forth with this recipe. So I had the dish, the only question was when I should make it, which leads nicely into the second part of this post…
…I decided to have a dinner party! Sick of cooking for just myself, and still dreading the thought of leftovers sitting in my fridge for days at a time, I decided to have some of my culinarily spoiled co-workers over for a casual three-course meal. Not knowing what I should make for an appetizer, it dawned on me that this was the perfect opportunity for me to make the salsa. Once I got to Loblaws, the Grocery Store Gods confirmed my choice to make this dish: both watermelon and tortilla chips were on sale, a miracle for my student budget. Strangely enough, the end product hardly tasted like watermelon, and the combination of garlic, onion, soy sauce (weird) and brown sugar somehow made it delicious. Even my roommate who is allergic to tomatoes could eat salsa for the very first time! If you’re looking for the recipe, I’ll post it under my Recipes tab sometime in the next few days.
In the end, I think this salsa was a big hit, and it gave me an excuse to use my new 99¢ silver platter from Value Village! Also, please note the impressive “watermelon bowl.” I thought it was quite ingenious, and gave me one less dish to wash. Hilary: 1, Messy Kitchen: 0.
Stay tuned over the next few days as I post course two and three from my very first dinner party!