Now there’s a blog post title that creates some mental imagery, no?
Here comes Part 2 in my three part series “Big odd green things I found at the grocery store this week.” Check out Part 1 here. And scootch on over to the edge of that seat to prepare for Part 3.
Behold, the Santa Claus melon:
Oops, wrong Santa melon. And really, Marlboro?
There’s the right one, now.
I wish I had known why the Santa melon is called that before I hacked it open, because it would have made a great Christmas post — it gets its name because even though these things ripen in the summer, they keep until Christmas. Handy! Especially because Part 3 of this series has already rotted on my counter and I have to go buy another one now.
The Santa Claus melon is also called “piel de sapo” which translates to “toad skin.”
Those food nomenclature people really do know how to come up with appetizing names, don’t they? Anyone have a hankering for some head cheese? Maybe some spotted dick?
Anyway. I wanted to make something dangerous with my melon, but when I googled around, I just couldn’t find anything interesting. There were lots of desserts, or fruit salads, or “soups” (pureed melon) but I wanted something savoury. So I had to make it up. My husband didn’t complain, so let’s call my experimental recipe a success. Here it is:
Toad skin salad
- Toad skin melon, peeled, de-seeded, and cubed (I don’t believe in including amounts for salad recipes, because I believe cooks should have enough confidence to make the amount and distribution of ingredients that they like best. Use the cooking force, Luke, and rule the salad galaxy)
- Cucumber, cubed
- Red onion, diced
- Pancetta, diced, fried, and cooled
- Fresh mint, chopped (don’t be shy with it — very important ingredient)
- Fresh basil, chopped
- Glug of olive oil
- Black pepper
Here is what the inside of my Santa melon looked like
And here is what the salad looked like
Results: This salad must have been good, because I found myself snacking on it by the handful until my husband got home. If you should ever happen to eat at my house, know that I’ve already snacked all over whatever I’m making for you if it’s good. I mostly always wash my hands first (ha! Kidding. I mean, kidding about the mostly part). The Santa melon was a hit, especially on its own with my kids. It’s sweeter than a honeydew and less perfumy. If you see one, definitely give it a try — it keeps forever, and has a really nice flavour. My new favourite melon. And as for the salad, go ahead and make it with your favourite melon if you can’t find one of these. Loved it. Rating: 4 Yums Santa’s gob would be so busy scarfing down this salad that he’d have to keep all his Hos to himself. He’s be ho-less. At a loss for hos. Keep it going with me, people.