Tasty Tuesday – Melon Sparkler

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Thanks to Sugar and Kol for initiating Tasty Tuesdays, today is our twenty-second participating post!

Besides her endless tech issues and writing her Kitchen Counselor Newsletter, Mom gobbled reviewed the newest Food & Wine issue for interesting recipes to add to her database.  When Mom saw a picture with green and black stuff in a glass, she paused to read on.  The first ingredient made both Mom and I extremely happy because we both LOVE honeydew.  In fact, Jacob W., the son of one of Mom’s bff’s has called Mom  Mrs. Honeydew, ever since he was a little boy.

Coincidentally, Mom had a honeydew ripening on the counter.  She wanted to cut it up yesterday so the rinds would make it into the Monday morning garbage pickup.  JJ sat politely near Mom while I nudged my way to the left of Mom, then to the right of Mom, hoping for more than my usual amount of tidbits.  Atypically, I barked spoke to Mom frequently, reminding her that ‘ol Jetty Boy thought each slice of melon needed a QC (quality control) check!

We all enjoyed tidbits throughout the day; let me tell you humans and K9s alike, nothing tastes better than honeydew tidbits out of the fridge!

Mom could not try the sparkler yesterday because the recipe called for black tapioca, (the little pearls in bubble tea), and that Moscato thingie, both of which she did not have on hand.  Here’s the recipe if you want to try too.

Melon Sparkler with Tapioca Pearls

  • 1/2 cup black tapioca pearls (see Note)
  • One 3 1/2-pound honeydew melon, halved and seeded
  • One 750-milliliter bottle Moscato d’Asti, chilled

In a medium saucepan, cover the tapioca with 5 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over moderate heat until the tapioca is chewy and plump, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain and cool under running water. Transfer the tapioca to a medium bowl. Rinse out the saucepan.

Using melon ballers of different sizes, scoop out 2 cups of melon balls. Chop the remaining melon and transfer to a blender. Puree until smooth. Strain the puree, without pressing on the solids, to extract clear green juice. Add 2 tablespoons of the juice to the tapioca. Refrigerate the remaining juice.

In the same saucepan, bring 1/2 cup of the Moscato to a boil. Simmer until reduced to 2 tablespoons, about 10 minutes. Pour the syrup over the tapioca and refrigerate until chilled, about 15 minutes.

Spoon the tapioca and melon balls into Champagne flutes and top with the melon juice and chilled Moscato.

Notes Nicely chewy black tapioca pearls are about the size of small marbles. They’re available at bobateadirect.com and amazon.com. Serve the Sparklers with spoons and boba straws (jumbo, extra-wide straws, also available atamazon.com).

Another great, honeydew day.


29 thoughts on “Tasty Tuesday – Melon Sparkler

  1. Hi Jetty – WOW love seeing pics of you and JJ – makes my whole day! Just wanna kiss your faces allover!!

    Cassie and rex are both big melon lovers too!

    have a great day xoxoxoxo

  2. Hi Jet….. Wez loves the photos..Humom haz been sooo busy but Wez gonna make the meat loaf and post it on our blog 🙂 Daddy keepz asking her for it..Naughty Mommy 🙂 xx00xx

  3. Hi sweet Jetty – No Barkley is not a melon lover – poor guy is really feeling his age – we rescued him so we don;t know for sure but estimate him to be close to 15 1/2. I can tell his sight and hearing are going and also I;ll find him a room in the house that he never goes in just staring. he often eats his food from my hand after I soften it with water or broth plus he struggles with artritis. He needs alot of care and I feel so blessed and very lucky to be bale to care for him as he ages – he’s my big teddy bear of love!!

    Hope Mom’s tummy is all better!

    sending sweet goodnight hugs and kisses to you, JJ, Mom,Rachel and Puffy xoxoxoxo

    • Hey it’s Jet here. Hi Miss Wendy.

      OMD, 15.5? What a wise, sage he is. Oh gosh, I know from Koko that we K9s deeply appreciate your loving-kindness as we age. Barkley is in the best forever home possible.

      Yup, she’s doing fine, thanks.

      Sending please make the weather better Jetty kisses and JJ hugs, to you, Mr. David, Jacob, Cassie, Rex and Barkley xoxoxo

  4. Mama says those sound good. She likes Moscato, she likes melon. She hates those slimy little balls of unhappiness, so she’ll probably skip those, but she’s thinking that pomegranite seeds might be tasty and pretty in the glass!

    • Hey Kol, Hey Felix, Jet here. Hi Miss Jodi.

      BOL! slimy balls of unhappiness! Does she dislike tapioca pudding, too??? Now see, my Mom dislikes seeds like cucumber, pomegranate (she likes the juice) etc…

    • Hey Sugar, Jet here.

      Mom Loves Tasty Tuesday, no shocker there, since she is The Kitchen Counselor! We do too, as her faithful Kitchen K9s, we know we’re going to get tasty tidbits for Quality Control!

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  6. I am beginning to realise that I have a very untried palate. I have never tasted melon. I shall have to have words with The Producer. This is just not right!

    • Hey PZ, Jet here. Hi Raffles.

      Oh yes, recommend small tidbit tastings… like K9 tapas! Whenever the Producer has prepares a safe food for K9s, it’s time for a tasting… just like Food & Wine Magazine!!!

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