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Gotta love three day weekends. Why is it over so soon.

Friday was spent with a marathon sesh of Friends (again) and a lot of decluttering. Finally got laundry done and put away.

I took a few bags of clothes to goodwill (finally) - its been taking up real estate in my bedroom for almost a year.

Late Friday evening we go a craving for puff puff (Nigerian street food), so I made some of that and it turned out really well. Its been about 5 months trying to perfect the recipe, so I am glad to have a recipe I can share. I will be sharing the recipe here soon. 

Saturday was hot (really hot, even by Texas summer standards). I went to a bbq organized by my church and it was great. Just a nice relaxing afternoon with friends old and new. The day wrapped up at a very fab wedding.  Sunday was laid back - church, baby christening and prepping for Monday.

Oh - I had an insane craving for burgers all weekend. It was not satisfied, but I think it's about time I try out my Greek burger recipe. The recipe has been written up for about a year and I just have not goten around to it testing it. It got loads of feta cheese; tzatziki and other fabulous things - on paper it sounds excellent - we just gotta put it to the test.

I made my cucumber mint lemonade on Friday. I first made these a few weeks ago for a Friend's bridal shower. Her bridal shower theme was a touch of mint and she wanted a drink created specifically for the day that matched up with her theme. We started out with a basic lemonade recipe and  added slices of cucumber and lemons with sprigs of mint. We had some leftover cucumber, so I took a leap of faith and decided to juice it to be mixed into thelemonade - I was not sure how it was gonna turn out. 

I arrived early for the event to set up, just to make sure if it tested like crap - I could chuck it and revert back to the original plan of lemonade with slices of cucumber and lemonade (and no one will be the wiser). Turns out, my little experiment was a winner after all. It had become the go to drink for summer nights and barbecues. You will be hard pressed to find my refrigerator without a jar of this...

Ingredients.

  • 2 large cucumbers, peeled
  • 5 cups of sugar
  • 6 cups of water + 6 cups of water
  • 5 cups of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of mint
  • 4 to 6 lemons, sliced
  • 2 large cucumbers, sliced

How To

Combine peeled cucumber and 2/3 cup of lemon juice in a blender and puree.  Use a cheese cloth (or a sift) to strain the cucumber mixture to extract the juice. Place in the refrigerator to cool until ready to prepare the lemonade. 

To make the syrup. Combine sugar and six cups of water in a medium to large saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside and allow to cool down before refrigerating to cool.

Lemonade. In a drinks dispenser, combine lemon juice with syrup, water and chilled cucumber juice. Stir together. Then add in slices of cucumber, lemons and sprigs of mint (and ice). Stir gently and serve.

Tip. Stir in the water,  syrup and cucumber juice in portions and taste regularly until you get the desired flavor. I prefer to chuck it all in and stir, but if you prefer your lemonade more tart or less tart. Adding in the syrup in portions is a good idea.