It's been a lovely Christmas with LOTS of family and friends and Mini-M has been keeping everyone entertained (verging on bossing them all about in many cases... can't imagine where she gets that from!).
I'll get on with the recipe posting bit first of all, but after that's done thought I'd share some of Mini-M's finest festive quips.
This post is my entry into the Random Recipes at Christmas challenge, hosted as always by Belleau Kitchen. This time we were challenged to return to one of the books we were given as a gift last Christmas, open it at a random page, and make something!
|Melon Bubbly and Blackberry Soup|
|The chosen cookbook - on a natty batik backdrop...|
Melon Bubbly and Blackberry Soup (serves 8 as a light starter)
- 1 small water melon
- 1 small galia melon
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 lime
- 200ml sparkling wine (I used champagne leftover from Christmas breakfast!)
- 125g blackberries
If you have a melon baller, use it to make balls out of about 1/4 of your watermelon (if you've not got a melon baller, cut 1/4 of it into small neat chunks) and set aside.
Cut 1/2 of the watermelon, and all of the small galia melon into chunks and put in a liquidiser along with the juice of the lime and lemon. (Save the other 1/4 of watermelon for something else!)
Blend until smooth, then chill until you're ready to serve.
Before serving, add the sparkling wine to the melon puree and stir well.
Divide between serving glasses, and top with the blackberries and melon balls.
|Melon and champagne smoothie anyone?|
This was a) easy, b) lovely and light so a great starter before a heavy Christmas meal, c) fresh and zingy so a good antidote to miserable winter weather.
|The garnishes ready to be - well - garnished!|
|Ready to serve|
|Snowballs made by Mini-M. Please don't point out that one of them looks more like poo covered in sprinkles. I already know!|
|Mini-M the red nosed reindeer|
|Pom-Pom Pine Cones|
|Christmas Tree Contemplation|