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Watermelon Salad With Cucumber and Coconut Yoghurt

Watermelon and Cucumber Salad with Coconut Yoghurt

I find it hard to make recipes using watermelon. It’s usually the first thing I cross off my shopping list when I realize I am buying too much to walk home with without having strangers asking me if I need help (so embarrassing). When I do manage to get one home, it’s delicious watermelon that needs no help beyond a sleepover in the fridge to make it pure, sweet, hydrating perfection. In other words, it gets eaten as is, and any thoughts of a recipe get put on hold, sometimes even until the following summer.

Watermelon and Cucumber Salad with Coconut YoghurtWatermelon and Cucumber Salad with Coconut Yoghurt

This summer has been a little bit different. Watermelon is very cooling and our bodies seem to know this instinctively, craving it when the weather gets warm. It’s hard to remember now, but the weather here was warm, even kind of hot at the beginning of the summer and the watermelon turnover was high. Over the last couple of weeks of sporadic rain, clouds and cool weather, I found we had a rare stockpile of watermelon (well, two).


Fermented Coconut Yoghurt with Fresh Peach Chia Jam

Fermented Coconut Yoghurt with Raw Peach Chia Jam

I lost my marbles when I made this yoghurt for the first time. I can’t tell you how many people I have cooked for who say that they know they should be avoiding dairy but they can’t seem to kick the yoghurt, is that ok?

Coconut Yoghurt with Raw Peach Chia Jam

There are living probiotics in dairy yoghurt, so that’s a good thing, but it is still dairy which is inflammatory (excessive inflammation promotes cancer growth, so we try to keep inflammatory foods to a minimum). I usually recommend chia pudding and if they look at me like I’m nuts and get a rebellious bacon and chocolate croissant for breakfast look in their eye, I say maybe a bit of goat yoghurt a couple of days a week to wean yourself off of it would be ok.