Nigella Lawson Keeping It Fresh With Summer Recipes & Tips On NPR

Cookbook Includes Cloudy Lemonade For A Sunny Day

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In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, food writer and celebrity Nigella Lawson offered her insight to keep cool and refreshed throughout the remainder of the summer.

Her recommendations include a watermelon/feta salad, red currant sorbet, minted limeade, chilled caramelized oranges with yogurt, and of course lemonade -- but not just any lemonade. Lawson calls it "Cloudy Lemonade For A Sunny Day." She says it's fairly simple to make, and tells cooks to combine lemons, club soda, and super-fine sugar into a blender, "and just blitz." If preferred, she recommends adding a handful of raspberries to create pink lemonade.

"I love a note of slight sourness and bitterness," she added, "because actually, something that is oversweet is not thirst-quenching." She says that the sourness makes the taste "round" rather than one-dimensional.

The watermelon/feta salad may confuse some with its secret ingredient: black olives. But Lawson swears by it, saying the combination is "utterly fantastic, both savory and refreshing at the same time." She says the food paring is very common in eastern Mediterranean cuisine, where watermelon and feta cheese are often experienced together. The addition of black olives complements "the sweetness of watermelon with the cheese's sharp saltiness."

Recipes for Lawson's Cloudy Lemonade, Watermelon & Feta Salad, and Red Currant Slush Sorbet can be found on the NPR website. More thirst-quenching and relaxing recipes can be found in Nigella Lawson's newest cookbook, "Nigella Fresh," released in April 2010.

Source: NPR

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