A single horned melon.
An unexpected discovery.
Jelly in a dish.
Okay folks, this was not what imagined would be in side this gorgeous looking fruit. It is native of South Africa, which is where our oldest daughter’s ex-boy friend is from. Over the course their relationship I have tasted or tried different South African foods, most of which were delicious. However, the Horned Melon was in my opinion a total waste of money. Only after I paid $6.99 for it did I bother to look it up to see what it was all about. If you are in the desert, and you are extremely thirsty, a lot of liquid can be had from one of these beautiful gems. I sliced it in half as shown and scooped out the seeds, liquid and semi jelly consistency of the flesh. I used a mesh sieve to strain the seeds from the green slime. According to one site on the Internet, the Horned Melon is similar in taste like something between a banana, lime and cucumber rolled into one. To me it tasted quite tart and sour with no sweetness at all. I added it to a smoothie, which I drank but didn’t really care for the taste. I also added it to flavor hot green tea.
Pulverized semi-sweet chocolate.
Slurry being churned in ice cream maker.
Pulverized Chips have been added to the ice cream.
Ice cream, ice cream, who doesn’t love ice cream. For my birthday, my MIL (Mother-in-law) asked me what I wanted? Well, I couldn’t think of anything, so she said to think about it? So the first two ideas, she shot down. So finally, I told her I always wanted an ice cream maker. Which actually brings up a memory from long ago, when I gave my Dad and ice cream maker. Or so I thought. apparently, it was just an extra tub for someone who already had the ice cream maker. So back it went, and gave him cash instead. So for my birthday, she bought me a Cuisinart Brand Ice Cream Maker. It has a tub that you place in the freezer and freeze it for at least 16 hours. I make the slurry as I call it in the AM, refrigerate it for at the minimum of 2 hours and make the ice cream in the afternoon, and then freeze the ice cream for our dessert for after dinner, usually around 8 PM. Also as soon as I wash out the tub, it goes back in the freezer. The first two recipes I made were straight out of the recipe book that came with the machine. However, I started changing things for the next ones.
Chocolate Chip with Sea Salt Ice Cream
Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip