Italian TV just went digital here in Puglia, so everyone had to get one of those digital decoder cable box things (definitely not the accurate nomenclature, but whatevs) and now we have so many channels! Before we were limited to only eight basic ones, but now a whole world of funny Italian television has presented itself to us. The A-Team? We've got it. Murder She Wrote? We've got it. Extreme Makeover Home Edition from five years ago? We've got it. Jersey Shore?
We've got that too.
And at first I said to myself, "No, Marissa Catherine Bognanno, you will not watch Jersey Shore."
But then yesterday I made this batch of agua fresca and I was sipping away and flipping through all those channels when I got sucked in. Pauly D was driving the ridiculously large SUV to go tanning after coming back from their month-long visit to Italy and said, "Smell that smog? That's America right there. Yee-ahh boy, I LOVE America!"
And maybe it was a bout of homesickness, or maybe the heat's already getting to me, but I broke down in tears right there into my melon agua fresca. "I love America too Pauly!" *Sob, sob sob.
Melon Agua Fresca
(from this recipe)
4 cups diced, peeled ripe cantaloupe or watermelon
3 cups water
2 to 3 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon sugar
Blend together the watermelon or cantaloupe with 1 1/2 cups of the water, the lime juice and the sugar at high speed until smooth. Strain through a medium strainer into a large pitcher or bowl. Stir in the remaining water. Refrigerate for 1 hour or longer. Fill a glass with ice, pour in the agua fresca, garnish with more melon and serve. (Note: I didn't strain mine because I wanted some bits of melon!)
Well. Now that I've got that off my chest. Can I interest you in a nice, crisp, refreshing glass of agua fresca? :)