Where do I begin…The Creative Cooking Crew’s theme this month is “stuff it”…well I got to the point of telling them to “stuff it”…how frustrated was I that this was my third try at this post.
First, our friend Joan Nova of Foodalogue came to visit me in New York and I was going to do my challenge so she can enjoy it personally. That was a disaster. I made stuffed Sole with salmon and scallops + a dill/pistachio pesto and stuffed tomatoes with Bhutanese red rice salad. The fish was delicious, but the technique did not work.
Second try, stuffed avocado with tuna tartare, seaweed salad and flying fish roe. This bright idea I was going to make at Ocean City, Maryland as I was going to be there for a few days…the avocados did not travel well and were turned into guacamole.
While in Maryland, we had a family reunion and everyone had to make a dish. At the last-minute I thought of my stuffed watermelon.
This is such a refreshing salad. All you need is a sweet, seedless watermelon, tomatoes, mint, red onions thinly cut, a few scallions, used a Meyer lemon infused olive oil, crumbled blue cheese and lots of mint. There was a bit left over which we took to the pool the next day and it tasted so much better.
Good choice Norma. It sounds so refreshing for this time of the year.
Fun post but you really could have stopped after the stuffed fish/stuffed tomato dinner. I thought they both were delicious and fit the theme. But, then again, we wouldn’t get to see this wonderful summer salad and its beautiful presentation.
Oh Norma! The watermelon salad sounds delicious, but your stuffed presentation puts it over the top. Way over.
P.S. That fish looks really good too…
I thought I just left a reply, but it seems to have disappeared…I always look forward to your posts, Norma, and this one didn’t disappoint. I know you say the technique didn’t work, but the dish looks delicious and Joan testified that it indeed was! Everything looks so good…yum.
A perfect summer dish! I love that fish too…though it didn’t turn out as you have thought..still, looks really great.
A refreshing dish that is perfect for summer entertaining.
It looks so good Norma! I would have to eat it all myself because Richard won’t eat the cheese! lol…silly boy!! Oh well, more for me! The dishes look wonderful!
Excellent knife skills on that watermelon! I am sure everyone was quite impressed with you! xxx
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Third time’s the charm!! Even with the trials and tribulations getting your dish together, you created something super fresh and perfect for summer 🙂
definitely a great salad, and what perseverance! i bet the other two were tasty as well 😉
I’m in love with this salad! So beautiful and refreshing!
Norma, this is such a cool idea! I don’t think we have yet tapped the way to prepare watermelon and you have proven that.
What a dope, I never realized you were in NYC! Hello neighbor!
As for your tries, I love when people talk about the oops in cooking. Everyone has them and even great cooks miss a flavor or a technique. You just have to smile and move on. Some of my oops have led to great fun at the dinner table with everyone laughing over the results. So much better than the cook rending garments over failures making everyone feel awful.
And look what you came up with! The melon looks great and perfect for summer. I must say, the first dish sounds wonderful and I bet it tasted great!!
We must make it a point to meet one day…thanks for always stopping by…
All i can say about the Watermelon Salad is that I’ve been making it ever since, its one of my FAVORITES….
Bless those hands Girl!!!
Better late then never to comment! Third time is a charm! This is a beautiful salad, the blue cheese is unexpected.
Oh YES. Your idea of stuffing it is genius – and the combo of sweet melon, tasty cheese, fresh mint and a meyer lemon dressing is yum. Love it. 3rd try lucky eh? Good on you to keep going. We ought never to give up!
beautifully carved! looks so refreshing for the hot weather here!
Norma, Beautiful salad, especially with the meyer lemon and blue cheese – how creative. It must be very creative with the mint! 🙂 Thanks for the follow – I am following you back and excited to see your posts in my WP feed. Best wishes, Shanna
*refreshing with the mint