½ a honeydew melon, deseeded
100g pack smoked venison (or use smoked duck or prosciutto)
½ a cucumber, peeled into ribbons, seeds discarded
For the maple & mustard dressing
1 tsp maple syrup
1 heaped tsp wholegrain mustard
2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
2 tsp white wine vinegar
Whisk together the dressing ingredients with a tiny pinch of salt, then set aside. Using a large melon baller or similar shaped implement (we used a measuring spoon), scoop balls out of the melon into a bowl. Cut any large slices of venison in half and arrange on 2 plates overlapping in a ‘petal’ fashion, then place 5-6 melon balls around the venison.
Toss the watercress and cucumber together in a bowl, then lightly sit a mound in the centre of each plate. Drizzle everything with the dressing and a little extra olive oil, then serve straight away.
Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2009