Tired of the Same Ol' Fruit?

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I did this yesterday and one room loved it so much they wrote about it in the room diary book and said it was the "icing on the cake" for making their stay wonderful.

Watermelon Hearts with Mint Sugar

 

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That's such a cute idea.

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Do you have a method for slicing the watermelon? I've got some that are a slab o' watermelon and others that are paper thin. Usually we just chunk it up so it's not really important.

 

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Madeleine wrote:

Do you have a method for slicing the watermelon? I've got some that are a slab o' watermelon and others that are paper thin. Usually we just chunk it up so it's not really important.

 

I used the small personal seedless watermelon. Just sliced it into discs, about 1" thick, then pressed the cookie cutter into it. Some of them were a little too thick, so I just sliced it in half after I pressed the heart out.

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We got the smaller watermelons but someone wouldn't use my suggestion of slicing off a bit of the rind to make the watermelon flat so it wouldn't roll around so much while cutting. Then someone kept giving me grief because I wasn't punching the shapes out fast enough.

I was able to cut some of them in half but I did some local crustaceans and I kept losing the claws. Which I ate.

We ended up with enough for 12 and two Tupperware containers of 'ends' for us to eat. I'm not doing the mint, just the watermelon shapes. I think this will be fun later on this week when we have 2 little kids here. Test run is tomorrow, tho.

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Madeleine wrote:

We got the smaller watermelons but someone wouldn't use my suggestion of slicing off a bit of the rind to make the watermelon flat so it wouldn't roll around so much while cutting. Then someone kept giving me grief because I wasn't punching the shapes out fast enough.

I was able to cut some of them in half but I did some local crustaceans and I kept losing the claws. Which I ate.

We ended up with enough for 12 and two Tupperware containers of 'ends' for us to eat. I'm not doing the mint, just the watermelon shapes. I think this will be fun later on this week when we have 2 little kids here. Test run is tomorrow, tho.

Yup, I had an 'instructor' also! Sheesh! It took longer to get them cut out than I thought it would. I'll know for next time to do it ahead or plan more time. The ends I used the next day in a fruit salad and the horses across the road get all the rinds.

How did the guests like them??

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We were working together so it went pretty quickly. There were a lot of oohs and aahs today! And tons of watermelon left over. Maybe tomorrow when these guests are gone it will make a reappearance.

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Great..just chop it up and put in a fruit cup.

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Yup, the next day the 'scraps' magically appeared in the fruit salad at breakfast  wink

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I'll probably put the smaller hearts on the plates with breakfast. I have a couple of anniversary guests in the house.

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Madeleine wrote:

I'll probably put the smaller hearts on the plates with breakfast. I have a couple of anniversary guests in the house.

Maybe we could do those divorce getaways and have it cracked down the middle...just sayin'... cool

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Love it!  You are quick cheeky

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Don't you find that if you just put alittle into the presentation of the food, guest go goo goo over it.  Also one of the best things I learned when going to chefie school is that people eat with their eyes first!!!  I think it looks fine just the way it is,  center on the 2 hearts!

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gorgeous plates how big were the hearts? i would have added a few other pieces of fruit to round it all out.

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I'm not sure how many inches they are, but they're bread plates. The rest of the breakfast that went along with this dish was huge.

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I did the same thing but stars for the 4th

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What's on top?

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in a food processor, blend together 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup fresh mint leaves. Mine looks so dark because I did it the night before and kept it in the fridge. Next time I'll blend it in the morning and it will be a brighter green.

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I thought it was caviar!

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That would be good too...with a little sour cream dot on top! Maybe not for breakfast though!

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