I LOVE watermelon. And summer is a great time to have it. Never thought to do anything with the white parts, but my compost was being invaded with critters, so I thought… what can I do with these…? Still composted the green skin, but am using the fleshy parts for pickles, kimchi… oh, the possibilities!! Take that, raccoons!
David Chang’s picked watermelon recipe. I didn’t have any star anise, but using the same portions for the liquid with whatever watermelon I had left. Not sure what to eat this with, but I’m guessing it’s good. Didn’t taste too good hot. Must be better cold, crunchy, and crisp! I’m thinking cold noodle soup, with pasta, with lettuce wraps… yum!
Rind of 1/2 watermelon, including 1/2 inch red flesh
1 cup rice wine vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp + 3/4 tsp kosher salt
1 whole star anise
1 thumb-sized knob of fresh ginger, peeled.
1. Cut watermelon into 1 inch chunks and peel skin off thinly.
2. Cook the sauce to a boil and add the watermelon and let it boil for a minute, then transfer to a quart container (1L). Cool and refrigerate. Ready to eat in 2 hours. Will keep good for about a week and a half.
Can’t wait to try this!! Thanks!
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Another juicy story from the NPR archives (Jan. 18, 2012):
Before Super Mario appeared in 1985, chowing down was a means to score points. In Pac-Man, the iconic game launched in 1980, cheery yellow circles gobble up pellets and cherries on their way to a win.
But it didn’t take long for food to channel a darker side. In Rampage, a King Kong doppelganger plucks people from apartment buildings and puts them on his dinner plate. Poisoned mushrooms pop up in Castlevania. And Super Mario Bros. 2 turns food into a weapon, with Mario chucking root vegetables at his enemies.As video games have become more realistic, so has their use of food. Gone are hungry yellow dots. In the Fable series, which inspired blogger Daniella Zelli to cook an apple pie, characters’ weights fluctuate depending on what they eat. And in Fat Princess, a team holding a princess captive feed her cake so it’s harder to transport the hefty royal back to home base. (Read more at NPR.)
Photo: A healing piece of Minecraft cake, by Daniella Zelli.
Eat it up