Raoul The Owl Watermelon

Every year me and my housemate and ex-housemate get together and carve a watermelon, as per tradition since 2009. Here is our latest effort. We have named him Raoul the Owl. Isn’t he cute?


Raoul has carrot top eyebrows, grape eyes and a carrot nose. It took us about 3 hours to get this done. Next up? Possibly a dragon.

Watermelon, Basil and Balsamic Canapes

During my Pinterest surfing I came across a photo for these darling little canapes and just had to make my own version!

It’s simply a matter of chopping watermelon into cubes, hollowing out a hole with a melon baller at the top, sitting it on a basil leaf and filling the concavity with some a balsamic vinegar reduction. It was delicious – the watermelon that I bought was not very sweet so the balsamic really helped it along.

Simple and pretty – my favourite kind of recipe.