While the table is empty, a long board off to the side has been laid with at least twenty dishes. A young man, an Avox, stands at attention by the spread. When I ask if I can serve myself, he nods assent. I load a plate with eggs, sausages, batter cakes covered in thick orange preserves, slices of pale purple melon.
Page 87, The Hunger Games
As far as I can tell, this is the only piece of food that Suzanne Collins mentions in the book that doesn’t actually exist, so I had to improvise and try to make my own. The obvious way to do it was… to simply dye slices of melon purple. The result, while looking like how I wanted it to, had one unfortunate side effect: it tastes absolutely disgusting!
I am dead serious, people. Casaba melon soaked in red/blue food coloring makes the melon pretty much uneatable. If you make this for a Hunger Games themed party, be sure you make a big sign next to the plate saying, “DO NOT EAT, DISPLAY ONLY!”
But other than that, looks pretty cool huh? It’s very very delicate, so you have to handle with extreme care.
Another note: honeydew melon doesn’t work for this. You need a totally white flesh melon.