If you're into food, chances are you've heard of Sarah Britton before. She is the oh so kindhearted, radiant author of the immensely popular blog My New Roots and cookbook with the same title. My copy arrived a while ago, and I've already tried out quite a few recipes: a spelt cucumber salad, a cleansing grape salsa, and melonade to name a few.
I was lucky enough to meet Sarah a few weeks ago at a book signing at H. de Vries Boeken in Haarlem! We had a really nice chat, and I told her about my intention to cook through the entire Summer section of her book during the last few weeks of my pregnancy!
What I like best about Sarah's food philosophy, is that it cannot be labeled. Being trained as a holistic nutritionist, her recipes are plant-based, often gluten-free, vegetarian, most of them even vegan, but not in a dogmatic way. Instead of setting rules, Sarah challenges her readers to rethink their relationship to food in a positive way, and inspires them to discover new ways of using ingredients.
For now, I would like to share with you my take on Sarah's melonade. This is the perfect drink for hot weather... The original recipe is made with lime juice, but I had a lot of lemons and figured those would work too. The cucumber is something I added and it turned out to be very refreshing indeed.
Sparkling Mint Melonade (inspired by Sarah Britton's recipe from My New Roots)
250 g chopped ripe melon (I used a Galia melon)
1/4 cucumber, peeled and chopped (optional)
Juice of a lemon
2 teaspoons agave syrup or honey
Handful of fresh mint leaves
Sparkling mineral water
Put the chopped melon, cucumber, lemon juice, agave syrup or honey, mint leaves in a blender and blend until smooth.
To serve, poor the melonade mixture in glasses that have been filled with ice cubes and top off with sparkling mineral water. Decorate the glasses with a slice of lemon or cucumber and some more mint.