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Having melon for starter (boring I know!), what can I do with it to jazz it up...

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tassisssss Thu 20-Dec-07 21:30:06

...buy still keep it simple and quick to prepare?

Thanks!

MegaLegs Thu 20-Dec-07 21:30:43

Sprinkle with brown sugar and ground ginger. mmmmm

ArcticRoll Thu 20-Dec-07 21:31:38

Wrap with Parma ham, yummy.

RIELOVESBACARDI Thu 20-Dec-07 21:32:16

thats wrong

janeite Thu 20-Dec-07 21:32:28

Was just about to say ginger as well - stem ginger and a bit of the syrup.

Berries are easy if you like that sort of thing; I don't because I think it makes it over sweet.

Melon and feta are good together, maybe with a few basil leaves or olives?

tassisssss Thu 20-Dec-07 21:33:46

what's wrong Rie?

tassisssss Thu 20-Dec-07 21:34:59

supposing you did like berries janeite, what exactly would you do with them?

wrinklytum Thu 20-Dec-07 21:36:00

You could blitz them up and make a couli,I believe.But I am no expert cook

janeite Thu 20-Dec-07 21:39:20

Yes - blitz raspberries or others with a bit of icing sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice (or booze) I should think.

Or there's this from Nigel Slater:
Blackberry and melon salad

Save for the odd drop of Marsala, I am not a great one for putting alcohol in my cooking. Here is an exception. The bittersweet Limoncello is positively breathtaking with the ripe orange-fleshed melon and fat, sweet blackberries. I have taken to keeping a bottle of this Italian citrus liqueur in the fridge during the summer, and even having a little tipple after dinner.

serves 6

cantaloupe melon - 2 medium sized and lusciously ripe

blackberries - 350g

Limoncello - about 3 teaspoons

Slice the melons in half and scrape out their seeds over a bowl, catching as much juice as you can. Scoop out chunks of melon flesh with a spoon or cut the melon into chunks with a knife, discarding the peel as you go. Toss the melon with the blackberries, the juice and Limoncello to taste.

manchita Thu 20-Dec-07 21:39:27

I would agree with Parma Ham. Delicious

tassisssss Thu 20-Dec-07 21:41:50

smoked salmon will be another option, so i feel parma ham is a bit too similar

i want this to be simple and child-friendly (want my dc to enjoy it!)

i think the red fruit coulis thing has potential, otherwise it'll just be melon and orange chopped up in a bowl together!

louii Thu 20-Dec-07 21:50:49

cointreau, is nice with melon.

Waswondering Thu 20-Dec-07 21:54:09

Melon and a scoop of lemon sorbet? I've had this and v nice and fresh.

FWIW I did smoked salmon on Sunday and both the dc loved it - dd had it as a sandwich and ds had it properly plated and ate it but, iirc, left the prawns! HTH

Waswondering Thu 20-Dec-07 21:56:23

This?

TheYoungVisiturkeyandstuffing Thu 20-Dec-07 21:57:33

another vote for parma ham - can't see how it's similar to smoked salmon at all! Maybe that's just me grin.

Waswondering Thu 20-Dec-07 22:14:11

They're both pink!

Re the sorbets - also nice if you ball the melons (Christmas Eve) and serve with 2 different sorbets, like lemon and mango or similar. Makes it suitably festive. Garnish with some fresh cranberries.

So - line up plates, one person walks along scattering melon balls, followed by another dolloping on sorbet balls, followed by another sprinkling cranberries. Job done, beautifully presented, "dinner is served".

Will be thinking of you on Tuesday!

hairycaterpillar Thu 20-Dec-07 23:07:39

oh yes my friend at uni used to do sorbet thing with melon...it was yum! and v v v childfriendly ("ice cream" and it's not even the pudding yet!!!!!)

tassisssss Fri 21-Dec-07 13:57:11

thanks all, esp to WW for understanding that the prob with parma ham and smoken salmon is purely that they look similar!

i'm not sure i can do sorbet for starter...

bought extra frozen rasps so may do something with them, who knows...

AnAngelWithin Fri 21-Dec-07 13:58:35

put a few mixed berries in the middle and then a nice round ball off fruit sorbet on the top.

Mollymoofer Fri 19-Dec-14 21:53:51

Ok ok I know this is a zombie thread but what do you think of melon balls with sorbet as xmas dinner starter, yay or nay?

RojaGato Sat 20-Dec-14 07:29:13

Hello mollymoofer.

Had melon with elderflower sorbet as a starter at a do once and it wad delicious. You could add a splash of sparkling wine too for extra festiveness.

Pantah630 Sat 20-Dec-14 07:32:37

My Dad always used to do me purloin, Parma ham and a spoonful of port in the melon as a starter when we were growing up, I wouldn't eat fish or seafood and they'd be having prawn cocktail. It was 70/80's and is still delicious now.

Pantah630 Sat 20-Dec-14 07:33:22

Stupid Apple autocorrect, purloin = melon??

Mollymoofer Sun 21-Dec-14 00:52:28

Hi RojaGato and Pantah630. Thanks for your replies. Elderflower sorbet sounds delicious and lighter than orange or lemon but might be hard to get hold of where I am (no chance of me doing it myself!).

Purloin is certainly an interesting option grin. Port in the melon...wow...would never have thought of that. Funny how some of the foods we had when little stay with us. Nothing beats a prawn cocktail for me though I hardly ever have it. Saw someone on another thread mention melon with parma ham and manchego cheese drizzled with honey...

captainweasel Sun 21-Dec-14 02:14:46

Cucumber tomato and feta with melon. Bit of salt and black pepper and balsamic. Yummmm.

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