Melon Antipasti with Herbal Honey from Urban Beekeeping

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Melon Antipasti

Living is easy these summer days, isn’t it. Although I disliked water melons a lot when I was a child, these fruits are ever since some kind of synonym for summer to me – because they are omnipresent once temperatures are rising. Everybody seems to love water melons, and nowadays, I do so, too.

There have been countless inspirations on the blogosphere recently what to do with it besides cutting into triangles and eating just like this. Today I want to contribute to the water melon recipe collection as well with a very simple antipasti treat.

Doing so, I also want to make a further contribution to Uda’s and my olive herb mini blog event. If you would like to joins us, there’s still a few days left. We will be very happy about your contribution!

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There’s something else coming along with today’s recipe: I used a special ingredient for the dressing that I had bought in a wonderful place, the BLO-Ateliers in Berlin Lichtenberg. This creative place on a former railroad area is a working space for artists of any kind from painters and designer to hot workers and photographers. It’s also home to a bee colony that is maintained by beekeeper Carolina – urban beekeeping at it’s best, and the acacia & lime honey that she had sold me on my first visit at BLO is incredibly aromatic. Here is the honey and the place where it originates:

I am most lucky that I have been given the opportunity to pass the next two weeks in this space, thanks to a friend whose atelier I may use for some food photography experiments among canvases, scaffolds and a beautifully bewildered area. How exciting is that! – although I already fear that I will have not a single photo shooting idea given the intimidatingly big input of creativity that will await me there. Read (and see) more, soon – about the space, about my friend’s art and (if anything goes well) about my attempts to prepare some salad according to a painting.

Here’s my recipe

Herbal Honey

This one is so easy that you hardly need a recipe. Take a small handful of fresh olive herb, rosemary and lemon thyme, clean and roughly cut into not too small pieces. Mix with about 150 ml honey – I would recommend a subtle honey, not a heavy weight like wood honey. Let aromatize for a couple of days. After this procedure, you can either leave the herbs where they are or pour the honey through a sieb into another jar (and the herbs will stay in the sieb).

Prepare the antipasti: roast some pine nuts in a dry pan, put aside. Cut a piece of smoked cheese into quarters. Scamorza affumicata will be fine, but you can take any other sort as well. Cut a piece of water melon and of galia melon into quarters of the same size. Mix honey and balsamic vinegar of good quality 2:1, pepper to taste. Mix the cheese and the fruits with it, arrange on little plates and decorate with fresh herbs and pine nuts. Enjoy with some baguette and a glass of Pastis.

Herbal Honey

Antipasti with Herbal Honey

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13 thoughts on “Melon Antipasti with Herbal Honey from Urban Beekeeping”

  1. Anonymous says:

    That’s a great combination, I think. Water melon still isn’t my favorite fruit – but I try to bring me myself closer to it. Since I had a delicious grilled water melon in a restaurant I’m on the right way 😉 And now your antipasti – another step…
    Today I tried to make some summer soup with galia melon and fresh coconut – hadn’t been a very good idea, because of the awful consistency. But tastes delicious. I have to try it in another way. Till then I’ll console myself with your melon antipasti. Thanks! 😉

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    • Thank you, Antje! It took me some time as well to warm up to watermelon. Galia Melon and coconut sounds wonderful (althouh I can imagine what you mean with a suboptimal consistency ;-)), as well as grilled watermelon – I have to try especially the latter.

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      • Antje Radcke says:

        Thanks, Claudia, for detecting the real identity of “Anonymous” – from time to time I’m struggling with WordPress for automatically recognizing 😉

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  2. This place looks just amazing. I love the idea of urban farming and bee keeping!
    I am not really a big fan of melons but I will give it a try soon. Your last pic of the salat just looks so inviting. 🙂 And besides what else would one want to eat other than salads right now. I always stand in the 28°C kitchen in the evening asking myself what I want to eat… salad is the only option. Greek last night. And maybe melon today!
    Have fun in the atelier!

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    • Thank you, Eva! I just returned from this gorgeous place, it’s most inspiring.
      You are so right – salad (and fruits) is the only thing one can prepare right now without collapsing in the kitchen ;-). I’m sure your Greek salad has been most delicious.

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  3. What a nice idea to treat honey like this. We just tried the ubiquitous watermelon with feta cheese – but your idea is so tempting…..

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    • It’s worth a try – the honey get’s a nice touch indeed.
      Watermelon and feta cheese is surely wonderful as well! I did something similar in the atelier today, soon on the blog.

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  4. This looks so good…. with these antipasti and a nice glass of chilled white wine I think I could really enjoy these warm summer evenings. I always dream of having my own beehive in the garden and I read a lot about urban beekeeping, the honey’s quality must be excellent… so maybe, in a not so near future, you will find me with the typical beekeepers hat in my garden 🙂

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    • Thank you, Julia! Wow, you have plans to be a beekeeper some day? That’s gorgeous! We also read a lot about urban beekeeping, and we found out that, in some regions, it’s an important contribution to the maintenance of bee colonies in general because bees find a big variety of flowers in the city and are less confronted with agricultural pesticides.

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  6. What a fantastic idea for the leftover-summer! Ach herrlilch, mit dir da reinpieken, einen Pastis schlürfen und den Bienen bei der harten Arbeit zuschauen. Ich komm hier zu nix mehr. Und wie du siehst, noch nicht einmal zum kommentieren. Der Sommer gibt nochmal alles und ich mach nicht mit … ;(

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