Cantaloupe with Sweet Coconut Milk
We're still the summer heat, and I've heard people complain about how hot during the summer especially in the south like Houston, TX. I think this summer is not as bad as last summer. I am still able to jog in the early morning or before sunset.
Living in Houston, we are trying to find the way to cool down the heat. We were considering to buy a portable air conditioner. The other way to that I can think of is find some cold treat to heal my hot summer in an inexpensive way.
I remember as a kid growing up in Thailand, during a summer break me and my sister, cousins, and neighbors (we're pretty much at the same age) would get together and ride our bicycles. It was almost ten of us, and we would ride along to explore and find something cool on the way. We usually stop at a dessert stand to get some sweet cold treat. At the dessert stand, one of their menus was cantaloupe with sweet coconut milk served with crushed ice. It was such a nice way to cool down after a long ride on a hot and humid summer.
It is a perfect time to purchase cantaloupes. Why? First it's a season, and second, it's crazy cheap. Cantaloupe is a hydration fruit with high water and electrolyte to prevent dehydrstion from the summer heat. It's high in fiber; it can maintain a healthy digestive system and protect you from constipation, and so on.
Why cantaloupe with sweet coconut milk?
Thailand is one of the so many countries that has abundance of coconut. Coconut is a main ingredient in Thai cuisine; entrees, soups, grilling, dessert. Coconut milk has a nice smell that I love, and it's just perfect when it's combined with cantaloupe. Thr sweet soothing scent of coconut milk and cantaloupe plus crushed cold ice. Hmm, it sounds so good that I can't wait to share a recipe for everyone.
Here's the recipe.
- • 1 cantaloupe (about 2 lbs with skin off)
- • 1 can (13.5 fl.oz.) lite coconut milk
- • ⅔ cup Truvia brown sugar or truvia baking blend
- • ½ tsp salt
- • A lot of crushed ice
- Heat a pot with medium heat, add lite coconut milk and sugar and salt.
- Stir until the sugar and salt dissolve with coconut milk.
- Cook until the coconut milk is bubbling. Keep stir the coconut mik while it's cooking, so it deosn't become a chuck.
- Remove it from a stove immediately.
- Wash cantaloupe very well, cut half.
- Use a ice cream scoop dig the cantaloupe meat or cut the cantaloupe in wedges, peel the skin off and cut it to small pieces.
- Add cantaloupe pieces in a bowl follow with crushed ice and pour sweet coconut milk on top.
- Dig it with a spoon. Enjoy!