Sneak Peek at the Cookbook

I thought I’d share with you one of the recipes from my forthcoming book. I hope you like it!

Watermelon, Blueberry and Mint Salad


This is a sweet yet refreshing salad, quite lovely when the sun is shining. The orange flavour is fairly subtle, you probably wouldn’t even taste it if you didn’t know it was there, but it helps to bring out the flavour of the watermelon and blueberries and gives them a delicately sweet, glossy coating.

Serves 4-6

1/2 watermelon
200g blueberries
Juice of 1 orange
2 tablespoons of caster sugar
A handful of fresh mint leaves, chopped

Using a sharp knife carefully remove the skin of the watermelon. Chop the flesh into bite sized pieces and put it into a big bowl along with the blueberries.

Heat the orange juice and sugar to bring it up to a boil and then gently simmer it, stirring occasionally, until it reduces by half and is a little syrupy. Allow it to cool and then pour it over the fruits, tossing them to cover them all in it.

You can serve the salad straight away but it’s even better if left for half an hour or so to let the flavours further develop.

Sprinkle the mint over just before serving.



  1. Kavey
    August 31, 2009 / 8:28 pm

    Simple but refreshing, looks very appealing!

  2. Mary
    August 31, 2009 / 9:26 pm

    This looks beautiful. It hard to pass that juncture were quick meets easy and delicious.

  3. Jason and Steve
    August 31, 2009 / 9:53 pm

    Simple, beautiful, delicious! What a perfect summer treat.

  4. Coffee and Vanilla
    September 1, 2009 / 12:14 pm

    What a great combination of flavours. I love mint and blueberries, but never thought of adding watermelon… very, very nice 🙂

  5. Joelen
    September 1, 2009 / 4:30 pm

    This looks deliciously refreshing!!

  6. John
    September 1, 2009 / 4:58 pm

    This really looks delicious. Thanks for posting, can't wait to try it!

  7. MollyCookie
    September 1, 2009 / 6:57 pm

    That looks wonderful and refreshing!

  8. Julia
    September 2, 2009 / 12:39 pm

    Thanks everyone, it is very refreshing and summery.

    Hello anonymous. According to Google translate you're asking me where I come from? I'm from England in the UK. Sorry I can't answer you in the same language!

  9. Kim -@ The Paper Apron
    September 2, 2009 / 5:18 pm

    I just finished a quarter of a watermelon for an after lunch treat. I wish I'd thought to mix it up with some of my mint and blueberries- this looks so mouthwatering.

  10. Catherine
    September 3, 2009 / 8:25 pm

    That looks delicious! Do you know where is best to get watermelons from? I've eaten them all over the world and there never seems to be much difference taste wise! Also, love this blog – I'm actually thinking of writing one myself but I don't know where to start!

    Catherine x

  11. Julia
    September 3, 2009 / 8:30 pm

    Next time Kim!

    Hi Catherine, hmm I really don't know the best place for watermelons I'm afraid. I'm so pleased you like the blog. You should start one! Start at the UK Food Bloggers Association – even if you're not from the UK you can join in – you can try your hand at blogging there and get lots of advice from food bloggers. Good luck x

  12. Kelley
    September 4, 2009 / 3:44 am

    Blueberry and watermelon – YUM!

  13. Catherine
    September 4, 2009 / 4:47 pm

    Thanks, I will definately check out the website – I am from the UK so maybe there will even be some local people (I'm from Nottingham). I've been toying with the idea of starting one for ages but am a little worried that no one would get to see it so the UKFBA would be the perfect start for me. Thanks for your advice 🙂

    Catherine x

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