Melon with sparkling spiced drizzle, quark and pistachio nuts

Melon with sparkling spiced drizzle, quark and pistachio nuts

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Taste of Australia
Serves
4 as part of a breakfast or brunch buffet
Prep
15 mins
Photographer
Stuart Scott

I created this on Sydney’s Central Station, as a welcome breakfast to the folk on the F.O.O.D train to Orange, which I hosted. I used local produce from Orange and it was washed down with local wine. Quark, a fresh, set cheese with a slight acidic taste, is made by straining warm soured milk.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
200g seedless watermelon, rind removed
200g rockmelon, rind and seeds removed
2 small figs, halved
120g quark
mint or basil leaves, torn, to serve
35g roughly chopped pistachio nuts, lightly toasted, to serve

Sparkling spiced drizzle

Quantity Ingredient
125ml water
115g caster sugar
1/3 large red chilli, seeded and sliced
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
60ml sparkling wine

Method

  1. For the sparkling spiced drizzle, combine the water and caster sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool before using.
  2. While the syrup is cooling, pound the chilli, ginger, black pepper and vanilla bean paste using a mortar and pestle until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon of the sugar syrup and the sparkling wine and mix until combined. (The left-over sugar syrup can be used in cocktails or dressings.)
  3. Cut each wedge of watermelon and rockmelon into slices. Place a few slices each of watermelon and rockmelon and a fig half into individual serving dishes, drizzle with the sparkling spiced drizzle and top with a spoonful of quark, the torn mint leaves and the pistachio nuts.

Wine

  • Sparkling wine from the high-quality, cool climate of Orange is ideal for a celebratory breakfast.

Lyndey’s note

  • If melons are out of season, other fruit, such as berries, pears, pineapple or stone fruit, can be substituted. You can substitute thick yoghurt for the quark.
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