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Oh honeydew – you are a wonderful fruit.


But you are simply not meant to be grilled. 


I’ve had a honeydew sitting in my fridge for the last week, but I couldn’t decide what to do with it – eating it plain just seemed boring.  This morning, I was struck by the idea that maybe I could grill a honeydew.  Wouldn’t it kind of taste like grilled pineapple?


Unfortunately – you cannot grilled honeydew.  Trust me.  It ends up being a mass of grilled mush.  More like grilling a watermelon than a pineapple.


After slicing the honeydew, I rubbed it in maple syrup and cinnamon and popped it on my George Foreman for a few minutes.  Then I combined it with Vegan Overnight Oats (2 tablespoons chia seeds, 1/3 cup oatmeal, 3/4 cup almond milk).  But it was a soupy disaster.


I get shivers just looking at that hot mess.  🙂


I ate the VOO, picking around the grilled honeydew, and then ate a few slices of (fresh) melon from the fridge.  Some things are best served plain.


What kitchen disasters have you had recently?



  • Joanne August 23, 2010, 8:54 am

    At least you’re honest and didn’t try to pass it over as a great dish :). When you bake and cook as much as I do, there are many disasters in the kitchen. Live and learn.
    Hope the marathon training is going well? But first, your Sub 23:00 in the 5K… you’ll do it in a snap.

    • caitlin August 23, 2010, 8:59 am

      I’m so excited! It’s in a few weeks.

  • chelsey August 23, 2010, 8:57 am

    Oh man… I would have tried something like that as well! 🙂

    Lately, I had a pancake failure. It was upsetting.

  • Evan Thomas August 23, 2010, 8:57 am

    I love grilled watermelon! But you have to do it just right.
    I think I’ve been extremely lucky in the kitchen lately, knock on wood. I have 2 recipes to try this week so that could all change, ha.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday August 23, 2010, 8:58 am

    Best to keep the grilling of fruit to:

  • Heather (heather's dish) August 23, 2010, 8:58 am

    oh yikes…yeah i’ve heard of other people trying to grill honeydew and it just not turning out well! i can’t remember the last kitchen disaster i had other than the fact that i need to clean every dish we own from the weekend. oops.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 23, 2010, 9:01 am

    As long as you keep trying stuff in the kitchen, there will be disasters. Sometimes you create magnificence when that happens and sometimes not! Disasters happen regularly here so don’t feel alone in that. I hope you have a great week!

  • britta August 23, 2010, 9:02 am

    I thought it would be a good idea to try peanut butter/grilled cheese. Don’t ask why, and don’t do it. It stuck to the sides and roof of my mouth, teeth, everything! Completely inedible.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 23, 2010, 9:03 am

    Haha, that’s totally something I would do too. Recent kitchen disasters…I haven’t butchered any foods recently, but I did drop a whole stack of ice cream bowls about a month ago. Six of them bit the dust…there are still shards!! Ugh. Hope you have a great Monday!

  • Rachael @ Mrs-Adventure August 23, 2010, 9:07 am

    Ha well last night I had Granola Bar failure… they stayed soft… oh well guess they will be “crumbled granola instead” lol.

  • Kelly August 23, 2010, 9:08 am

    Latest kitchen failure was with mini cheesecakes. Too much air in the batter = cheesecakes that collapse when u take em out of the oven.

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats August 23, 2010, 9:09 am

    lol it was a good idea though! my food fail was burning the beans and weanies i cooked in the microwave. fail times 1 billion

    • Marianne August 23, 2010, 9:38 am

      hahaha, awesome.

  • Marina August 23, 2010, 9:16 am

    I guess melon is to watery for grilling. But peaches and applesa are perfect for it 🙂

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 23, 2010, 9:23 am

    I very much dislike honeydew and cantaloupe. I’d much rather have watermelon. Or grilled peaches. Those are sooo good.

  • Marianne August 23, 2010, 9:24 am

    How annoying re: the honeydew! At a cabin trip recently, I was in charge of making the gravy for our roast chicken dinner. I’ve never thickened gravy using constarch before (only flour or roux) and let me tell you, you need MUCH less cornstarch than I used! The gravy solidified into a goopy, gluey mess. Fail.

  • Kristy @ Kristyruns.com August 23, 2010, 9:25 am

    I definitely winced when I saw” grilled honeydew.” Live and learn. 😉 You tought us all a valuable lesson today. 🙂

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up August 23, 2010, 9:26 am

    My latest failure was trying to put together a wrap with the items I had left in my fridge before going to the grocery. Epic, EPIC failure.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite August 23, 2010, 9:27 am

    I would think melon would be hard to grill and stay firm! I’ve had so many kitchen disasters I don’t even know where to start…

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 23, 2010, 9:33 am

    I don’t like honeydew melon much anyway — it just tastes like gross water to me.

    Too many kitchen disasters, most recently was when I tried to make vegan overnight oats — they turned into a soupy gross mess!

  • Tina August 23, 2010, 9:33 am

    Oh no! I don’t know if I could have eaten it. I’m such a huge texture eater the thought of mush when you wanted something simply tender sends shivers down my spine. LOL

    I think I have a kitchen disaster at least once a week.

    • Amber K August 23, 2010, 12:50 pm

      I’m a total texture eater, too! That’s why many of my disasters go directly in the trash.

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward August 23, 2010, 9:41 am

    I haven’t had any cooking disasters lately, but I did drop a jar of jam on the kitchen floor last week. Talk about a mess!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 23, 2010, 9:46 am

    Haha…I give you points for trying!! I always think of grilling as something that works with anything…which is clearly not the case 🙂

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health August 23, 2010, 9:51 am

    Eek…what kitchen disasters *haven’t* I had lately? 😛 A couple of weeks ago I attempted to create my own cookie recipe. They were delicious, but looked more like pancakes than cookies. Oh, and I also tried to make “baked mozzarella sticks,” but I ended up with a baking sheet full covered in melted cheese. But we’ll never learn if we don’t try, right??

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 23, 2010, 9:54 am

    Early in the summer I went to bake some squash. There must have been some food that had fallen into the bottom of the oven and it set on fire. It was my first oven fire and I was freaking out! Luckilly I was able to get it down without using the fire extinguisher. I definitely just ate from the fridge that night. haha

  • Sarah @ EatRunGarden August 23, 2010, 9:59 am

    Kitchen disasters do happen. I once let my husband be in charge of cooking dinner, I turned about for maybe a minute and when I turned back he had the wok out with a cup of veggie oil (not hot yet) and had thrown in pea pods and the fish we were going to eat. It wasn’t very good, it was like soup made of oil. He isn’t aloud to cook by himself any more.

  • Samantha @ Food Edu August 23, 2010, 9:59 am

    I have had lots of kitchen disasters recently–I’ve got a kitchen filled with new gadgets and cookbooks and it hasn’t been pretty. My latest creation was a cheese and spinach dip–not successful. I guess if you first don’t succeed, you keep trying =)

  • Wei-Wei August 23, 2010, 10:01 am

    Ouuuch! I’ve had my share of kitchen disasters. Like sesame cookies that spread out to cover the entire pan. And then when I chiseled them off, the entire pan was covered in melted butter. I don’t think I knew it at the time, but the butter I was using was packaged in 200g, which is a little less than two sticks. I measured the butter into eighths like it was tablespoons in a stick… silly me. No wonder. But I remade it with modifications and it turned out fine 😀

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] August 23, 2010, 10:17 am

    At least you were creative and tried something new!!

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day August 23, 2010, 10:32 am

    Hehe. Your creativity gets an A+! I recently made muffins so hard and dense that they weighed almost a quarter pound EACH. Inedible to say the least.

  • Sarah for Real August 23, 2010, 10:42 am

    Hmm… latest kitchen disaster… I guess I don’t really try many crazy things that could go wrong. That’s a sign I need to be more creative!

    Can I just say I love how much you use your George Foreman. It’s not just for college students!

    I recently heard that the deal could’ve gone to Hulk Hogan. You would’ve been grilling on your Hulk Grill, LOL!

  • Sara August 23, 2010, 10:54 am

    Lavender sugar cookies. Wasted an almost entire bottle of lavender sugar for cookies that were not very good. 🙁 So sad.

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) August 23, 2010, 10:56 am

    I tried to bake cookies (pretty basic, right??) and ended up with a crepe-thin cookie disaster.

    Oh well … 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 23, 2010, 11:06 am

    Well thank you for doing that little experiment, because I was thinking about throwing some honeydew on my George Foreman with some pineapple the other night – now I know not to! My most recent disaster was when I tried to make a protein bar similar to The Simply Bar, which I adore. It ended up being a gooey soggy mess (albeit a rather sweet and delicious tasting one) but the bar shape really wasn’t there and it was rrreally sticky!

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) August 23, 2010, 11:18 am

    At least you’re honest and you tried something new! You can now add that to the wealth of knowledge you already have on cooking.

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat August 23, 2010, 11:22 am

    Ha, it’s good to know what we should NOT try 🙂 Recently, I tried to make vegan french toast (usually banana for the egg mixture). However the oatmeal bread I used was MUCH to soft, and it just came out really soggy. At least it tasted delicious!

  • Camille August 23, 2010, 11:28 am

    Psh, kitchen disasters are my life 🙂

  • Heather August 23, 2010, 11:37 am

    The omelet I made recently burned on the bottom so it tasted a little like charcoal!

  • Julia @ Brit Bride August 23, 2010, 11:52 am

    Caitlin – an off topic question – do you know if your book will be available over here in the UK?



    • caitlin August 23, 2010, 12:42 pm

      Not sure! we’re trying to sell it to international publishers but we’ll see. you can order it on amazon.co.uk though!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef August 23, 2010, 11:59 am

    i had a really bad experience with the crust of lemon bars last week… oh bad news… they were tasty though. sorry the honeydew didn’t work out.

  • Danielle August 23, 2010, 12:00 pm

    Sounded good in theory! I just recently had a kitchen disaster. I tried tempeh for the first time and bought one that has curry powder in it. I grilled it up with some vegetables and added some more curry seasoning. I served it over some couscous and brought it to work for lunch. I tried it and it was okay…the curried vegetables were alright but the more I ate the more I was disgusted with the tempeh. It just had the oddest flavour. After eating half I literally had to stop for fear of “loosing my lunch”. I have no idea what went wrong but I will be staying clear of curry and tempeh for a while.

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 23, 2010, 12:05 pm

    I love this title. Thanks for the warning!

  • Amber K August 23, 2010, 12:16 pm

    My kitchen disasters are more likely to just be me dropping about half of an essential part of the dish when it is almost time for it to be done. Ahhh fun, not!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 23, 2010, 12:35 pm

    Haha that’s too bad… but it was worth a shot!

    I haven’t had any disasters lately because I haven’t been experimenting too much in the kitchen lately. I’ve been in a food rut. 😛

  • eatmovelove August 23, 2010, 12:36 pm

    LOL. I tried to grill an eggplant…mushy mess and it tasted horrible – bitter or something. I give up, I’m never buying it again because I don’t know what to do with it and I guess it’s not for me.

    I did just do some muffins I posted though ;)…now they’re delish.

    Are you working on a new book/writing now Caitlin? What do you hope to do next? Fiction/non-fiction? About health?

    • caitlin August 23, 2010, 12:43 pm

      There are actually two potential books in the works (i havent sold either though) 🙂 both will be non-fiction. that’s what i majored in and feel most comfortable with – fiction is hard!

      • eatmovelove August 23, 2010, 12:47 pm

        Wait – you majored in Writing?!! Oh man…I don’t have anything like that. Yeah fiction is hard to sell, you need the whole idea pretty much…and be a J.K Rowling or Stephanie Meyers ;)…

        Man, I’m feeling really discouraged right now…

        • caitlin August 23, 2010, 1:05 pm

          Naw – you don’t really need a degree. Trust me!

    • Megan (Braise The Roof) August 23, 2010, 12:49 pm

      Aw bummer, I love grilled eggplant. My tip is to grill it over a medium flame for longer than you’d think you would need to. It tastes best with some char on it, in my opinion!

      • eatmovelove August 23, 2010, 1:10 pm

        Thanks for the tip! I only have a George Foreman though ;)…

        Thanks Caitlin…that’s nice to know…unfortunately, you also need time during the day and night, and a focus…blah! oh well – back to work…

  • Sana August 23, 2010, 12:41 pm

    Hahahaha you could have pretend that it was the best thing ever. And we would have all been confused as to what we did wrong, when we tried it. LOL

  • Amanda (tomboy that wears makeup) August 23, 2010, 12:44 pm

    I recently made energy bars in the food processor, but forgot to take the seeds out of the dates…opps!!!

  • Megan (Braise The Roof) August 23, 2010, 12:46 pm

    Good to know! Somehow it looks really appetizing, though! 🙂

    I haven’t had any major disasters lately, only burning garlic in a skillet which is gross and a total pain since you have to clean the entire pan before you can start over.

  • Andrea August 23, 2010, 12:47 pm

    I love honeydew’s when they are “good”, but I seriously think I’ve only have 2 in my life that aren’t watered down tasting. I wonder what the secret is to picking out a good one?

  • Kiersten August 23, 2010, 12:53 pm

    My avocado-mango muffin experiment turned out terrible. They were all gummy. (Guess it wasn’t my best idea)

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 23, 2010, 1:10 pm

    lol. Honeydew is my favorite melon, but I’ve never thought of griling it (thankfully). Grilled pineapple really is the bomb. Had it turned out like that, you would have been my new best friend.

  • Angela August 23, 2010, 1:17 pm

    I think its surprising the honeydew didn’t turn out well. I mean, cantaloupe can be good grilled. That’s too bad. But you live and learn. I can’t really think of a recent food dish gone wrong, probably bc I’ve been a lazy chef. But I’m sure there are tons. It took me ages to get used to cooking with tofu. Definitely lots of trial and error there.

  • Lisa August 23, 2010, 1:21 pm

    I’m not a fan of honeydew. I prefer cantaloupe. I just feel like honeydews don’t have enough flavor for me.

  • Natalie (The Sweets Life) August 23, 2010, 1:25 pm

    haha good to know-i have a honeydew sitting on my counter right now!

    and too funny that you had a kitchen disaster,i blogged about my most recent today 🙂

  • Ellen @FirednFabulous August 23, 2010, 1:39 pm

    I haven’t had any major disasters…mainly due to the fact that I play it safe in the kitchen. I had intentions to grill peaches for dessert during my vacation at the beach last week, but ended up making S’mores instead 🙂 But I did grill zucchini one night. It was OK but I cut the slices too thin, so I couldn’t really get that straight-off-the-grill flavor!

  • Liza August 23, 2010, 3:05 pm

    I recently had a major pancake fail… let’s just say the entire griddle was covered in a pancake mess! Haha

  • Halley August 23, 2010, 3:07 pm

    Recently, I attempted to make homemade pasta (with the flour piled on a cutting board, cracking the eggs into a well, etc.)

    When I went to gingerly start working the eggs into the flour, that’s when disaster struck. I knocked down too much of my flour-well-wall, and the eggs broke loose. They ran down onto the counter, over the edge, and puddled on the ground before I could even reach them. Epic mess!

  • Kim August 23, 2010, 8:45 pm

    Love new shoes!!! I just bought the Brooks Ghost 3… the fit is amazing… perfect for speed training.

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) August 23, 2010, 9:01 pm

    I have luckily never spilled anything on my computer- despite eating at it all the time.. I’m not sure if I’m more scared it would happen to my laptop or at work haha.

    I have kitchen disaster pretty much daily. 😉 It happens!

  • dcwright02 August 23, 2010, 9:22 pm

    ahhh honeydew… definitely in my top five favorite fruits! thankfully never grilled! 🙂 worst kitchen disaster? every day i attempt to go in the kitchen!

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