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                           MELON & GINGER BASKET
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 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Indonesian                       Desserts
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1       lg           Ripe honeydew melon
      1/4   c            Orange juice
    2                    Pieces stem ginger, thinly
    2       tb           Stem ginger syrup
                         Fresh grated nutmeg to taste
    2                    Kiwifruit, peeled, cut in
                         -half, sliced
    8                    Lychees, peeled, seeded
    8                    Strawberries, cut in half
    8                    Black grapes, cut in half,
                         Fresh mint sprigs (opt)
                         Ice cream
   Cut a thin slice off one of rounded sides of melon
   (not pointed ends), so melon will sit level on a
   serving plate.
   To form a handle, make 2 cuts about 3/4 wide on
   either side of a central strip. Continue cutting
   halfway down melon, then cut from bottom of handle
   around either side of fruit so these two wedges can be
   lifted away to form a basket shape. Cut away flesh
   from inside handle. Remove seeds from melon. Scoop out
   balls with a small melon scoop or cut flesh in pieces
   and place in a bowl. Smooth edge of melon basket.
   Add orange juice, stem ginger and syrup and nutmeg to
   melon balls and stir lightly. Add kiwifruit, lychees,
   strawberries and grapes and mix lightly. Spoon mixture
   into melon and arrange fruits attractively. Cover and
   chill. Garnish with mint sprig, if desired, and serve
   with ice cream.
   VARIATION: Use fresh fruits such as cherries,
   pineapple, peaches, figs and nectarines. Substitute
   freshly squeezed lime juice for orange juice.
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