Watermelon, Strawberries and Rose Cream

May 10, 2013
Easy Watermelon, Strawberries and Rose Cream

Mak (Mom in English) used to say to me (especially when I drove her up the wall... )
"One day... you'll know and will go through what I am going through, when you have your own family and kids..."

It was tough for my mom, during those years, to bring up 6 kids with my dad's meagre salary. But never a day, would go by without food on the table. It may be simple food, with rice as our everyday staple, and fish was often on the menu (cheaper source of protein), enough to fill up our tummy.

My mom will be 75 this year....
Time sure flies

It seems like it was only yesterday that I was tagging along, holding on tight onto my mom's hand as we crossed the busy road, to go to "Orchid" Hair Salon, to have her jet black hair permed, the smell of chemical nearly choked me to death. 

Looking at her now, only wispy thin of white hair left on her head.
Back then ...she was strong and able to chase me up the stairs when I did something wrong.... and now she needs a strong arm as support when she walked the distance....

My mom has seen many sunrises and sunsets in her life ...
She misses my dad (dad passed away 3 years ago and I miss him too), and in her own words " I am just waiting for my turn..."

I thank you for all the things you taught me.
I apologise for the heartaches I caused you in the past.
I will forever hold you in my heart and love you for always....
"Yes mak... now I know how it feels like to be in your shoe, to be a MOM"  

Watermelon, Strawberries and Rose Cream

Watermelon, Strawberries and Rose Cream in a glass
Watermelon, Strawberries and Rose Cream dessert

Just a quick note on this delicious dessert....
I heard this 'much raved about' dessert from my masseuse/friend.

And of course my first attempt was a total disaster... the dacquoise was too sweet with slight chewy texture.
Besides the disappointment, on the whole... it  was really really good.... its the best dessert I have had so far.

Not wanting to face another dacquoise failure... I decided to simplify and used crushed saviordi finger biscuits.
Less stress and less sweet...makes a perfect dessert for our mom on Mothers' Day this Sunday.

Delightful dessert of watermelon, strawberries, a take on watermelon cake by Black star pastry, served in a a glass

To my Mak, sisters, sisters-in law, all Mothers, mothers to-be...
Have a wonderful 'Mothers Day'

Watermelon, Strawberries and Rose-Scented Cream (serve 4)

adapted with changes ~ Gourmet Traveller
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4 to 6 thin slices of seedless watermelon 
2 tablespoon of rosewater
2 tablespoon almond meal (more if desired)
4-6 strawberries - washed, hulled and cut into quarters
4-6 seedless red grapes - halved
1 tablespoon pistachio - rough;y chopped
optional - dried rose buds
10-12 saviordi fingers - coarsely crushed (may require more if glasses used are bigger than pictured above)

Rose-scented cream
300 ml thickened cream
30 g caster sugar
2 tablespoon rosewater

Preparation stage...
  1. Whisk cream with sugar until soft peak. 
  2. Add rose water gradually and whisk until stiff peak form. 
  3. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. 
  4. Use a round cookie cutter that could fit snugly into a glass, and cut 8 thin watermelon discs. 
  5. Sprinkle rosewater and leave aside for 30 minutes. 
  6. Pat dry.
Ready in a jiffy...
  1. Prepare 4 glasses. 
  2. Divide half of the crushed saviordi biscuits into 4 glasses. 
  3. Top with rose-scented cream. 
  4. Sprinkle almond meal. 
  5. Top with 1 watermelon disc. 
  6. Divide 1/3 of rose-scented cream into 4 glasses.  
  7. Add crushed biscuits, then watermelon, and finish off with a layer of rose-scented cream. 
  8. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. 
  9. Sprinkle crushed pistachios, decorate with strawberries, grapes before serving.


  1. A beautiful ode to your mother. Those verrines look divine!



    1. Thanks Rosa :D
      I was looking for the right word to describe these superb dessert in glass, so thank you for the word 'Verrines' :)

  2. Yum, that dessert looks divine... your mum sounds like mine. Only mine would prolly perm your mum's hair. She used to work in a hair salon, we used to be her guinea pigs with hair perms too. ;)

  3. That dessert looks really awesome and delicious, Can't wait to to try.

  4. Hi Lisa, happy belated Mother's day. That dessert of yours sure taste heavenly. Nice presentation.

    Have a wonderful week ahead.

    1. and Happy belated Mama's day to you too Amelia :D

  5. Hi Lisa! You mom was right... you never truly understand parental love until you become a parent yourself...

    I felt this way the very day I became a father... and when my new born had to be readmitted due to high fever... the worry and love was so strong that I cried holding her in my arm... and I truly felt how my parents felt and their love for me when I was younger...

    Happy belated Mother's Day to you and your Mom!

    1. The unconditional love we had as kids and for our kids :D

      Yes I wouldn't trade them for anything in this world and I would do it again and again, perhaps be a better mom if I could turn back the clock and able to do all over again.

      Happy mother's day to Mrs Chef :D

  6. Hope you had a nice Mother's Day. Beautiful post about your mom with the gorgeous dessert! Pinned!

    1. and I hope you had a wonderful Mother's day too Nami :D

  7. What a stunning looking dessert, Lisa. Rose cream sounds so tempting.

  8. Oh God... It looks so well that I would like to try :)

  9. This looks so fresh and delicious! You always have such lovely photos. I hope you had a great Mother's day, even though you said that your daughter perhaps forgot about making breakfast :P

  10. Hi Lisa, stumbled across your blog today through Pinterest. What an amazing blog you have - beautiful pictures and wonderful recipes. Am adding you to my reading list... :D I'm also living in Perth and happy to find a Malaysian here, kekeke. Hope to get to know you more... cheers!

  11. This dessert is beautiful! And so refreshing for this time of year. I hope your mom is doing good, and I bet she appreciates the kind words you wrote about her!