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A Water Melon Story from Viet Nam (For a night time story)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

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Larry Eiker
Mai An Tiem was an adopted son of 18th King Hung. He was talented and that was why he was highly considered by people and received many favors from the king. Once he said "Present means worry, gift mean dept" and that that made his father's anger. In spite of many pieces if advice from the court officials, there was an order that An Tiem and his family had to be deported to an isolated island in the far, far ocean without any belongings.

Fade came to those unlucky people. An Tiem's family was left in the island with nothing but a blunt sword, a clay pot and food that was only enough for five days. The wife sunk in sorrow and sobbed while the husband was releasing her and manly declared that they could make every thing by their hands. Life in remove place was so hard that both young and adult in then fortunate family had to catch fish, oyster and also wild green to remain life. Later the fruit was out of the season fish in the sea could not be caught without net, bird watchful over the trap. What they owned at this time was just some wild greens cultivated by the husband.

One early morning, An Tiem heard the sounds of birds in a distance then he just walked out to see the scene but the birds were frighten and flew high above in confusion and left a small piece of melon with bright red pulp and black tiny seeds. "It was absolutely good for birds. It must be the same for Man" he thought" Why don't I do something with those tiny seeds?" Its fresh and sweet taste seemed to make him believe that his decision was right. With a blunt sword he ploughed a small piece of land and sowed me with the seeds.

Time passed by, the man now looks happy when traveling his eyes over the verlant and luxuriant plants sprawling on the sand. All people in the family looked for the coming day that their lianas bear fruit and the fruit got bigger and bigger. One morning the family was woke by the of sounds of bird. An Tiem came out into the sand and found one of the melon was half-eaten and showing the bright red color of the pulp. He brought it home then cut a small piece to each person in the family. The melon taste was so good that everyone liked it but the rest of it was only consumed at noon when they felt

that what felt that what they eaten in the morning was un-harmful to them,

Thank to this kind of fruit, life in th; island now was much better. Melon was cultivated, harvested season by season, Every time An Tiem himself also dropped some fruits with his name carved over their skin into the ocean for the desire of sharing the happiness and looking for a way to the main land. Later there were some merchants who got into the island as asked for exchanging tools as well as food for the kind of fruit they had picked up in the sea.

Hung King some what felt regretful that he had put his son a death until the day he was offered a the news melon and broken that An Tiem and his family weren't only alive but also cultivated a precious melon in their island.

After that favor was granted to bring An Tiem and his family back to the court as an honor to the country.

From that time on this fruit -- Watermelon -- was commonly planted but it was said that those melons from Nga Son Island were An Tiem first cultivated it were the best ones.

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I always leave an idea for your taste buds and here goes a Fat Free Watermelon Sherbet. You can make these in 25 minutes and freeze 8 hours

Take:

5 cups cubed, seeded watermelon

cup sugar

1 envelope unflavored gelatin

1/3 cup cranberry juice

1.Place watermelon cubes in a blender or food processor. Cover and blend or process until smooth. (You should have about 3 cups of pureed watermelon.) Stir in sugar.

2.In a small saucepan combine the gelatin and cranberry juice. Let mixture stand for 5 minutes. Sir mixture over low heat until gelatin is dissolved.

3.Stir the gelatin mixture into the pureed melon. Pour into a 8x8x2 inch baking pan.

4.Break up frozen sherbet and place in a chilled mixer bowl. Beat with a mixer on medium to high speed until sherbet is fluffy. Return to pan. Cover and freeze about 6 hours until firm.

5.To serve, let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes before scooping. Makes 8 1/2-cup servings.

Have leftover melon? Make it spicy: Cut the fruit into cubes, slide it on a 5 or 6 inch skewer, add a squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of chili powder.

Or, spike a salad or salsa? Watermelon cubes are delicious cool additions.

This is the melon season. Be sure you purchase a Dunklin County Watermelon for they are the best in the World. Recipe from latest issue of Better Homes and Gardens.

Have a Happy

Larry Eiker is a Kennett resident who enjoys traveling all over the world and experiencing

great food, while bringing some of those ideas back home to the Bootheel to share with others.

Larry Eiker
Eiker's Burgoo of Food Ideas