Blue sky

We shouldn't have gone out for ice cream after dinner because it was almost bedtime, but we did, and it was a happy downtown summer evening. Lots of running and laughing on the way there and (luckily) on the way home. It's a good feeling when you're little to feel you've sneaked into the big outside world that's going on after bedtime. 

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^ Blue Sky (marshmallow flavour) and Coconut: "these are my best flavours". Grapefruit and Pistachio for me (they are my best flavours). I love that melon-y grapefruit colour and want it on my nails, linen and around me, generally — it's very soothing and the colour of contentment, to me.

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We watched people choosing their flavours and guessed what they were, based on their colour. Generally, for sweet things, Auggie thinks that red is Apple, pink is Rose and green is Mint. As a flavour scheme, I like it much better than Cherry, Strawberry and Lime. 

He used to always ask for green lollipops because he thought they tasted like roses. 

O Grapefruit!

O Grapefruit!  So bright and refreshing all through the winter. Your season ends in a few weeks...let's have some grapefruit quick!

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If you find grapefruit a little too bitter or sour,

try using a paring knife to cut off all the rind and pith and remove the membranes between sections

. (You can watch lovely Michelle of

endless banquet

segment a citrus

here

). Store the segments and juice in the fridge and when you pull them out for a snack, they are delicious and cool. A good June morning snack.

Now, a recipe:

It is a bit amazing when surprising flavours pair successfully. Who first thought of eating watermelon and feta together? Or cocoa and chili? For summer especially, it's nice to have a few recipes where the flavour pairing does most of the work and the preparation is really easy.

So, let's have pink grapefruit and avocado. They look pretty together, require little dressing (even plain is nice). They pair really nicely with simple, earthy main courses, such as black bean dishes.

Grapefruit + Avocado

Combine:

1 or 2 pink grapefruits,

sectioned

, rind and membranes removed

A medium-ly ripe avocado, peeled and then halved, quartered or cut into chunks or slices, however you like

Then add your choice of:

a little olive oil + lime juice or walnut oil + lemon juice or dressing of your choice

You could also add:

a fresh herb, such as basil or tarragon

pistachio or walnuts

Then:

sprinkle with a little sea salt (optional)

Serve as a side with something simple, like a black bean burrito or a ham sandwich.