Wanna spice up your summer dinning table? Make the kids want to eat more fruit? Need a shower of compliments from your guests a-la 'you are better than Martha Stewart!'?
These mundane problems and more can be solved with one monkey face! All you need is a cantaloupe, a serving dish and couple of plums. Let's get started!
Prep time: 10 mins
Entertainment time: sky is your limit
Ingredients: 1 cantaloupe, two plums
Tools: serving plate, knife, spoon and cutting board
Step 1: Cantaloupe Prep
First, cut the cantaloupe in half. Use a spoon to clean out the seeds. Discard seeds into your compost pile.
Step 2: Wedges, baby, wedges!
You will need a minimum of 9 wedges, each approximately one inch wide. If you cut each half in half (that gives you quarters) and each quarter in half, that will give you 8 pieces. Do not peel the skin!
Step 3: Three Skins Down!
First, you make the upper part of the monkey face. Take a serving platter. Either square or oval/round should work. Select three winners - thicker wedges and place them on the platter - skin down! Make space for the lips, so place wedges off center.
Step 4: Two Skin Up!
Take a wedge, put it skin up in between existing wedges. Repeat.
Step 5: Ears anyone?
Get another wedge and put it to the left - it makes one ear! Repeat to give it ear #2 - both are important!
Step 6: There Is Nothing Like Monkey Lips!
Place two wedges flesh facing each other on the second side of the plate. It makes beautiful monkey lips!
Step 7: I spy - monkey face!
Yes, it's coming all together! If you mastered making thinner slices and you have extras, you may always insert them in the same fashion - skin down/skin up - till you run out of pieces. I managed to cut a total of 11 pieces out of my cantaloupe and it's looking pretty good so far! Don't go yet, grand finale is a head of you!
Step 8: Eyes Are Precious!
Got a couple of plums? Or strawberries, blueberries, M&Ms? Anything round would do it. Give your monkey the gift of sight in the sweetest form you can manage!