Spiced Cantaloupe

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I want to tell you all about the simplest recipe ever that has changed my life.

But first, have I told you all that I’m designing a cookbook!? A while back I posted that I often get questions asking if I’m going to put out a cookbook – the short answer was no, but that I would love to design a cookbook for someone else. Meanwhile, Melissa (aka Mel aka Melicious) started writing a cookbook with her husband, Dave, and was trying to track down a designer. A lovely blog reader put us in touch with each other and it’s been a total food & design lovefest ever since. The moral of the story: Put yourself out there. State your intentions. The universe will do what it can to help you out.

But back to the cantaloupe! So Mel posted this cantaloupe recipe and I happened to have all those ingredients on hand. Cantaloupe (fresh from the farmer’s market), check. Spices, check. Cut up the cantaloupe, sprinkle with spices. Eat.

You guys. Each bite goes like this: the cardamom is the first to say hello. Then, just like that, the cayenne comes in and kicks you in the face but you’re all “give me more!” – followed by the salt who’s main job is to calm you down and soothe your taste buds until you’re ready for another bite. It’s pretty amazing.

I can’t wait to share more with you about the cookbook. In the meantime, check out Mel’s blog. Tell her I sent you and she’ll treat you real good.

  1. I sliced open one moments ago for B’s lunch. I think I now know what I’m doing with the rest of it! My lunch! Thx.

  2. That sounds amazing… simple, yet awesome.

  3. Nicole

    Wow, sounds so obvious and amazing! I can’t wait to get my hands on a ripe melon!

  4. corrie

    i grew up in the South salting cantaloupe… excited to try this new twist!

  5. sounds yummy! and congrats on the book!

  6. katbird

    This looks so delicious and the color/texture is to die for. Congrats on the cookbook, can’t wait to see it!

  7. Your photos are gorgeous and I’m hanging my head in shame for the quick snaps I used in my recipe post 😉

    As you know, I couldn’t be happier that we’re collaborating on this cookbook. And I’m excited to see the other good stuff we cook up together in the future.

    XOXOX

  8. Mel – My food photos are photoshopped more than a J. Crew model. So don’t feel bad about that!

    P.S. I was photographing this as my edible arrangement showed up! It was a magical moment.

  9. maxi

    sounds yummy! i have also have a suprise-for-your-taste-buds-recipe for cantaloupe: mix the pieces of cantaloupe with a little olive oil and salt and…crumbled pieces of feta cheese. its more like a salad but oh so good and refreshing when it is hot outside and the cantaloupe is right out of the fridge.

  10. maxi

    sounds yummy! this is my suprise-for-your-taste-buds-recipe for cantaloupe: mix the pieces of cantaloupe with a little olive oil and salt and…crumbled pieces of feta cheese. its more like a salad but oh so good and refreshing when it is hot outside and the cantaloupe is right out of the fridge.

  11. I tried making this for my mother-in-law yesterday. It didn’t look as pretty as yours, but everyone loved it! Thanks for that. 🙂

    I made a yummy recipe I’m a bit proud of lately… put it on my EcoHoma! blog if you want to see it… involves the brave step (for me) of stir-frying cucumbers and mixing different flavored vinegars.

  12. i love your blog! I follow you x

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