Thursday, July 01, 2010

happy 4th (early)!

My blog friend, Pocky, tweeted me a recipe that is on the Food Network's page for Watermelon Salsa.

This weekend is the 4th of July in the States (which I had forgotten about until Rowena reminded me), so trying to get into the spirit, I thought this salsa would be the perfect thing to try for the "celebration".

Man, coriander a.k.a. Chinese parsley got expensive all of a sudden...I have a feeling all this rain has something to do with it.

And the markets only sell red watermelon (with seeds), so I picked out the seeds and that is what I used. And since I already spent a lot of $$ on Chinese parsley, I didn't want to spend $$ on red onion, so I used what I had.

I liked this, it sort of reminded me of lomi salmon, a dish we have in Hawaii (minus the salmon) and kind of like chirmol. (Thanks Pocky!)

I also threw together a warm corn "salsa" with a can of corn, some zucchini, onion and roasted red bell pepper, seasoned with some black pepper.

I had intended to serve this watermelon salsa with some shrimp but remembered that I had already thawed out some pork (after buying some shrimp), so I sauteed the pork in some homemade taco seasoning. (I'll make the shrimp tomorrow to serve with the rest of the salsas.)

Everything went nicely with some corn chips and Yebisu All Malt Beer.

This was a delicious start to the weekend, even if it is only Thursday!


KirkK said...

Have a great Fourth Kat!

K and S said...

You too Kirk :)

Take care.

momijitomitsukoshi said...

Yummmm!! I love those types of salsa with salt and pepper squid! The sweetness and coolness is such a contrast with hot, savoury flavours. This is my ultimate 'taste sensation'!

OkiHwn said...

You lucky you get Chinese parsley in the mainland. Remember I used to have to grow my own in Okinawa. Never found it there in the markets.

Anonymous said...

I admire your creativity and ingenuity in the kitchen, Kat. Happy Fourth of July!

K and S said...

ooh salt and pepper squid sounds really nice Momiji!

I tried to plant the roots Nate, but it died :(

Thanks Anon!

Take care everyone.

Rowena... said...

I just got in...and your watermelon salsa and corn salsa and BEER looks so good right now. Time for lunch!

K and S said...

You must've been out in the garden Rowena :) Hope you have something ono for lunch!

Take care.

Jude said...

This is making me slightly homesick - I haven't had poke in AGES! Happy (upcoming) July 4th all you Americans (or is it Hawaiians) abroad!

K and S said...

Sorry to make you homesick Jude!

Happy 4th!

Take care.

Debinhawaii said...

This looks like the perfect dinner--that salsa looks really refreshing. ;-)

K and S said...

Thanks Debinhawaii, happy 4th!

Take care.

Rick said...

I'd like to try that watermelon salsa! Happy 4th of July! :)

Barbara said...

I like the watermelon salsa recipe. I'll try it come summer. We have watermelon here at the moment but it is poor quality.

K and S said...

I hope you like it Rick & Barbara!

Have a great weekend you two!