Sunday, April 28, 2013

Cantaloupe Drizzled with Lemon Cardamom Yogurt Sauce

As I get older, one thing that seems to get increasingly higher is my threshold of what constitutes "embarassing" behavior in public places.

In my middle school years, I would never leave home without my self-defined "mall outfit" - a fun shirt and jeans, makeup, and copious amounts of baubles emblazoned with smiley faces, yin-yangs, and peace signs (oh my god what were we thinking). Having parents in tow was an automatic source of embarrassment (for no logical reason).  All behavior was directed at the goal of "fitting in."

Eventually, things start to ease up.  You realize that no one actually dies if you decide to wear sweatpants out of the house.  And the mere fact that you have parents no longer seems to be a source of shame.

And now I am the girl who leaves home with giant knots in my hair.  As well as the person who traipses around markets, sniffing each melon to find the most wonderfully fragrant one.  Picking them up to make sure they are dense. Examining the color of the rind.  This is all very important work.  A bad melon is a bad melon.  But a good melon is transcendent.

But one could make the case that this behavior is quite odd.  Embarrassing, even.  Which I'm sure I will be told by Max sometime in the near future.  But that will be his problem, not mine.

Cantaloupe chunks (or slices, which would be prettier, but not as easy to eat )
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
zest from small lemon
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon honey
pinch cardamom

Mix the yogurt, lemon zest and juice, coconut milk, honey, and cardamom together in a small bowl.  Spoon over cantaloupe chunks.


  1. oh man yin-yangs! remember peace frogs? haha You have me dreaming of summer by using cantaloupe, I love half a melon at breakfast time and I'd love to try this yogurt sauce.

  2. Okay, I love lemon and cardamom, I don't know why I never thought to put them together.

  3. I could have this as part of my breakfast everyday and be quite content!

  4. What a healthy and delicious breakfast :D


  5. Wow! That's a very nice idea to serve cantaloupe.

  6. It's strange how our perspectives changes as we age. In my early 20's I wouldn't dare run even the most mundane errands without spending at least 40 minutes primping - which was actually an improvement from my previous pseudo Rastafarian phase. :D

    Melon sniffing is perfectly acceptable behavior, especially when it leads to this kind of deliciousness.

  7. Haha I think I've reached that point too...leaving the house without even eyeliner and in sweats...never thought I'd see the day!

    That cardamom yogurt sauce is something I need in my life!

  8. Yum! I love the fresh and refreshing cantaloupe! I can imagine how good it would taste with some cool yogurt on top as well! A good melon IS transcendent! Great way to describe it!

  9. What a simple and delicious idea for fruit sauce!

  10. Smile. Loved your intro to this. Made me laugh to remember all the times I had to be "just perfect" before stepping outside. And this c antelope looks divine. There is nothing better than a perfectly ripe melon (unless you consider this yogurt sauce!)

  11. This sounds really wonderful. Perfect for a weekend summer breakfast outside.... I love cardamom - it's one my favorite spices.

  12. Love this – so simple and refreshing! And I'm glad I'm not the only one sniffing and examining melons to find the perfect one :)

  13. I couldn't agree more, Jenn.
    Who cares how you look or what others might think when picking THE perfect melon :)
    The lemon cardamom sauce is a wonderful idea for summer!

  14. This looks so nice and refreshing!


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