It’s the simple things — finding a leftover piece of cake in the fridge, receiving an offhand compliment from a stranger, cracking a recipe with an unexpected twist — that surprise and delight me. But it’s the “why didn’t I think of that first” discoveries that really stick with me.
Cutting a watermelon seems a simple task, just rounds and wedges, right? But late last year I came across a whole new way.
One afternoon I stopped mid-word, mouth hanging open, as my aunt cut up yet another orb… It wasn’t how she halved it and cut the rind off, or how she sliced it into tall pieces (although I’d never thought to use that technique on anything other than oranges and cantaloupes) that I found so fascinating.
It was the final trick of inverting a bowl over the cut fruit and flipping it over. All of a sudden a bowl of perfectly cut watermelon, ready and waiting to be stored — or devoured. Genius.
I’ve been using the technique ever since and decided a few weeks ago to share a short Instagram video of it.
It was done holding the phone in one hand, a knife in the other, and trying to capture a bit of each step in under 15 seconds — although the actual flip was left out because even I don’t have three hands.
Then something slightly unexpected happened on Facebook, it went insane. Based on the reaction I figured there were enough people who thought is was equally as genius as I did, and that I should perhaps, finally, make the jump into video…
RJ was kind enough to act as camera man and I’ve managed to teach myself trial by error video editing in a day. Not bad for my first go if I do say so myself — although I could have done without the plane flying overhead somewhere in the middle!
Food TV here I come, but first I need more watermelon.