This is a set of eight gorgeous little French, porcelain, melon dishes. Ideal for serving your entrée/hors d'oeuvre (starter) course at dinner parties. They are excellent dishes in which to serve tapas and canapés too.
Simple and elegant.
All in excellent condition, with no chips, cracks or scratches.
They all have the 'PF Porcelaine, France' mark on the undersides.
The dishes measure 13cms/ 5" diameter and are 4cms/ 1½" deep.
They each weigh 200gms/ 7ozs, and stack neatly inside each other for ease of storage.
They have the words 'le Melon' (French for Melon) written to the top of a beautifully detailed illustration of a melon plant, complete with leaves and flowers. There is a melon slice in the foreground, ready to eat.
"Melon with Pineau" is a French classic combination. Popular all Summer long as a starter course.
A Charentais melon is a type of French cantaloupe, it is a small variety of melon, around the size of a softball. It has flesh similar to most cantaloupes, but with a distinct and more intense aroma, and a more pink hue. It originated in the Charentes region of France.
Pineau des Charentes is a fortified wine from the Poitou-Charentes region, made from a blend of lightly fermented grape must and Cognac eau-de-vie. It is an apéritif.
Here is a recipe if you would like to try:
- Charentais melon
- Rosé Pineau des Charentes
Cut the melon in half along its "equator." Scoop out the seeds.
Add 2 tbsp. of rosé Pineau des Charentes. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
Serve the half melon, very cold, on a bed of crushed ice.
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