It’s green mango season! Yes, it’s here and it doesn’t last too long. The young tiny and lip puckering unripe fruit of the mango tree is absolutely delicious. For a quick pickle, cut the tiny mangos into slivers and scatter with cayenne pepper, salt and a bit of dry garlic. If you’d like throw in some chopped cilantro. Stir in some good olive oil and hey presto your done!
Tastes amazing as a condiment with anything really. I particular like eating it rolled up into a paratha (unleavened flaky flatbread) and washing it down with a cup of hot chaa!
“Nah! It’s not really cold yet!” I’ve been repeating this to myself every day. Well… the weather hasn’t dipped that low yet. Come on, don’t frown – it’s Minnesota for goodness sake! If I complain of the cold, I might as well pack my bags and leave.
Walking to the bus stop yesterday morning was bitterly cold. I felts little streams of tears running down my face and no, I was not crying, my eyes were watering from the bitter wind blowing into them. Continue reading →
Summer, Oh wonderful Summer!! We wait endlessly for summer to roll on by and when it does… It seems we get busy pickling, jamming, bottling and stuffing summer into containers to savor in the winter months that lay ahead.
This weekend I picked up a bag full of green mangos, available at this time of the year. If you’ve never had one, maybe this summer will be a first. Green mangos are quite unlike their yellow counterparts. They are quite tart and crunchy to munch on. Basically, they are the raw version of the voluptuous yellow orbs that frequent most grocery stores.
My mum, the best damn cook I know, would cut the unpeeled green mangos into long slivers. Sprinkle them with cayenne pepper and salt, and serve it as a condiment with our main meal of the day. My sister and me, would later make mango pickle sandwiches and eat it as a snack. The pillowy softness of the thick slices of bread slathered with butter and layered with the mangos were absolute perfection… I’m drooling right now! Continue reading →