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Lotus Seed Stuffed Cantaloupe

Vegetables, also Vegetarian Foods

Lotus Seed Stuffed Cantaloupe
1 cup lotus seeds
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups sticky rice. Soaked overnight
1/3 cup pearl tapioca
1arge piece brown cubed sugar
2 Tablespoons osmanthus or another light-colored jam
3 Tablespoons goji berries
3 Tablespoons white or bleached raisons
4 Tablespoons toasted pine or walnuts, toasted, then chopped
3 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1 cantaloupe melon per person, seeded, and cut so half stands upright with no place for anything to leak out

1. Put lotus seeds and baking soda in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Set this aside until cool. Rinse and discard any green sprouted parts inside the seeds and repeat covering them with boiling water and letting them cool again, then chop them or cut each seed into quarters. and put the lotus seeds in a steamer basket and steam them for half an hour.
2. Prepare the tapioca cooking it as the package instructs, then add it to the sticky rice and simmer a few minutes until the sugar melts, then add this to the lotus seed pieces..
3. Peel the rest of the melon and chop it into one-quarter inch dice and mix with the diced lotus seed pieces and all the rest of the ingredients.
4. Put this in the non-peeled melon half that has no place for anything to leak out. Cover and chill overnight. Then serve.

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