Kids Party Food: Whooping watermelons

by admin on September 29, 2011

It’s Miss C’s birthday party on Saturday and she’s having a BBQ/Pool party (I wish I could have had a pool party when I was young). Kids love watermelon and it’s so cheap, here in Singapore, so I wanted to make a Watermelon Pig. I came  upon this site dedicated to the Watermelon – Watermelon.org – the National Watermelon Promotion Board in Florida.

Who’d ever have thought you could create so many amazing designs from the simple watermelon. Here are some of my favourites.

Hippo Safari Hedgehog Tea Pot

Here’s how you make a Watermelon Pig (adapted from an Annabel Karmel recipe)


Rob Leigh's fab food page - Melon Pig

Ingredients

1 seedless watermelon
1 cantaloupe melon
1 honeydew melon
Black and white grapes
2 limes
2 blueberries

First mark out the spiral tail of the pig on the watermelon using a pen. Cut out a large, round hole from the top of the melon, then cut around the marked-out spiral tail.

Use the cut off-top to make a 5 cm diameter circle for the pig’s snout and 2 triangles for the ears, which you will use to decorate the pig. Set aside.

Using a melon ball scoop, scoop out the watermelon until the skin is empty. Scrape out any remaining melon and drain the shell of juice. Mop up any remaining juices inside the shell with absorbent kitchen paper.

Cut the other two melons in half, remove the seeds and scoop out balls of melon. Add to the watermelon balls in a large bowl.

To decorate the watermelon, halve the limes and attach with toothpicks to make the pigs trotters. Stick two blueberries into the centre of the snout for nostrils. Push toothpicks into the melon where you want the ears and nose to go, then attach the melon pieces to them.

Attach two blueberries with toothpicks to create the eyes. Drain any liquid from the melon balls. Fill the watermelon with the melon balls and grapes.

Tip – To stop the melon sliding around, put a tea towel underneath to give you grip.

Et viola, a fabulous porky pig.

 


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