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Re: Artistic recipes: Polka Dot Party Melon


From: MaryAnn Kohl (maryannkohl_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jul 11 2001 - 08:59:07 PDT said on 7/11/01 7:27 AM :

> What are some recipes you have that look beautifully artistic or colorful or
> fun
> looking?

Here's one the kids can's kind of silly, colorful, polka dot. From
my book, Cooking Art: Easy Edible Art for Kids
  {* Basically, it is simply taking green melon balls from a honeydew and
orange melon balls from a cantaloupe, and then exchanging them, plugging
them back into opposite melon halves.}

***** Polka Dot Party Melon ******

2 melons of contrasting colors, such as -
     cantaloupe and honeydew cantaloupe and watermelon
optional, additional selection of fruits cut with a melon ball scoop, or
circle shaped fruits, such as -
apple, balls kiwi, balls raspberries
peach, balls red grapes blueberries
green grapes banana, balls strawberries
knife and spoon 2 bowls (or more if needed) spatula
melon ball scoop large slicing knife salad plates and forks
2 large plates or platters hand towel
1. Slice two melons of contrasting inside color in half. Scoop out and
discard the seeds and their pulp. Cut away the skin from all four halves and
discard. Dry hands on the hand towel as needed to prevent slippery hands.

2. Place two melon halves in contrasting colors (like honeydew and
cantaloupe) upside down like a dome on one large platter. Place the other
two melon halves in contrasting colors on the other platter, also in a dome.
(Place all four halves on one platter if the platter is big enough.)

3. Scoop one ball from the orange cantaloupe and place it in a bowl. Scoop
one ball from a green honeydew and place it in the other bowl. Continue
scooping balls from both halves and placing the balls in the bowls. Make a
design or pattern of holes in the melon halves, if desired.

4. Scoop balls from other fruits and plug them into the melon holes too, if
desired. Some fruits like raspberries or grapes may fit in the holes as is.

5. When the halves are filled with holes, begin making the polka dot design.
Take an orange melon ball and place it in a hole in the green melon. Then
take a green melon ball and place it in a hole in the orange melon. Fill all
the holes with contrasting melon colors.

6. When all the holes are filled, follow the same procedure with the other
two melon halves. Add optional fruit balls or circle shaped fruits, if

7. Serve the polka dot melons on platters for a cheerful, festive party
snack. Guests can slice through the melon domes and serve themselves with a
spatula onto salad plates.

Serves 8-12

  ~ MaryAnn F. Kohl ~