Posted by Jeni in | 11 May 2012
Mouse melons for June: Melothria scabra, or Mexican sour gherkin or cucamelon, or go to an Asian suprmarket and grab two handfuls,they are like little cucumbers and eat, they work great cooked or raw. They crunch when you bite into them. I love the little pepquiños.
So I took one golden butternut squash and using Ken Homs chopper axed it into sizable chunks.
Using the potato peeler I peeled away all the hard skin. felt like I was doing my own heels with my purple heel-smoothing file.
Cut up a big onion.
Grated loads of smoked garlic. The smell reminds me of my father's bonfires.
Heated my big saucepan and threw in turmeric, peeled ginger, cayenne pepper and some tiny hot chilis.
Stirred it all around in olive oil and then heaved in the butternut bits.
Poured over enough water and coconut milk to make it smell like Denpasar High Street, ( The Capital City of Bali!) then sniffed the aroma.
When it started bubbling I turned down the gas, put the beeper on for thirty minutes and took the peelings to the compost at the end of the garden.
The rain has created a field of daisies and dandelions. I'm dying to mow the lawn but my next door neighbour says it'll ruin my new mower. Stopped off in the studio and watered B's banana leaf plant, my tropical succulent, my Christmas Poinsettia which is still happily throwing out red leaves, and a thick leaved something or other I nicked from my mothers old flat.
When the timer beeped I turned off the gas, pulled out my zuzzha from the second drawer down, zuzzhed it until it was smooth and silky then
Ladled three lots into a bowl, and sipped the hot orange soup.
No spoon just long slow slurps.
We should be eating asparagus but the rain has officially battered the Asparagus officinalis, so forget the green and go for gold.
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Thanks for the info, I did wonder whether it was suppose to read, "melon mousse". How wrong could I be!
I love the thought of golden soup and will definately try it. Mung beans were delicious.
Looking forward to "sitting round the kitchen table" tomorrow morning listening to you and your guests because thats what you make it feel like.