June 18, 2008
King Prawn Mission 1.03 - Weekend Herb Blogging
Tropical shrimps, both farmed and wild caught.
After the previous mission it was time for the poor little prawns again! I thought this time it would be fun for them to swim once more. Maybe in a bowl of ice cold Cantaloupe melon soup.
Melon is a term used for various members of the Cucurbitaceae family with fleshy fruit. It can refer to either the plant or the fruit, which is a false berry. Many different cultivars have been produced, particularly of muskmelons. The plant grows as a vine. Muskmelon (Cucumis melo) is a species of melon that has been developed into many cultivated varieties. These include smooth skinned varietes, such as honeydew, and different netted cultivars known as cantaloupes.Cantaloupe is normally eaten as a fresh fruit, as a salad, or as a dessert with ice-cream or custard. Melon pieces wrapped in prosciutto are a familiar modern antipasto. Sanjeev Kapoor describes the charentais variety: "the orange, sugary and fragrant flesh makes this fruit popular both as a dessert or main course. These have smooth gray-green rinds and very fragrant orange flesh. It keeps well when stored in a cool, dry place and ripens after several days in a warm room." Because the surface of a cantaloupe can contain harmful bacteria - in particular, salmonella - it is always a good idea to wash a melon thoroughly before cutting and consumption. (source:wikipedia)
One of my favourite fruit is watermelon. If you want to buy a real good and sweet watermelon then look for huge and oval ones. We never buy a watermelon under the weight of at least 12 kilos! While you cut the watermelon in half and it cracks by itself, you can be sure it is going to taste great! I believe that the tastiest watermelon come either from Greece, Turkey, Hungary or Sicily. So now back to the soup recipe.
100 ml white wine
Cut melon in cubes. Heat olive oil and add chopped shallot, fry while stirring. Add melon cubes, white wine and cook it for 3 minutes. Puree, season with salt, pepper, lime juice, cayenne pepper. Wrap prawn in ham, fry in olive oilve. I have added some caramlised cubes of melon with sherry.
I would like to share this cold soup and submit it to the WHB created by Kalyn from Kalyn's Kitchen this time hosted by Joanna from Joanna's Food.