mango me

to continue the previous post’s train of thought: don’t all people take the weekend before they move and spend the day at the local mango festival? check, again.

the mangoes are everywhere right now and kind and generous people have filled bags and boxes to the brim and given us more than we know what to do with. omar’s mind starts racing and out loud i hear, “sorbet!…compote!…salsa!…” friends came over last night and omar blended a couple of recipes. amazing – truly.

so go find people with mangoes and tell them you’ll make them dinner.

omar’s amended take on lynne rosetto kasper’s “plumped ginger-caramel shrimp” with his own mango salsa concoction.

1/2 cup kosher salt
1/3 cup sugar
5 TBS chile powder
2 quarts warm water
1.5 pounds large frozen shrimp

8 garlic cloves
2 four-inch pieces of fresh ginger
4 TBS olive oil
1 and 1/2 TBS sugar

1. blend the brine in a bowl. add shrimp and let stand for 20 minutes
2. chop garlic and ginger together. heat oil in saute pan over medium-high. stir in garlic and ginger, salt, and pepper. cook 1 minute, stirring to blend sugar. keep stirring until garlic is pale gold.
3. add shrimp and stir until shrimp are just pink, about 2 minutes. serve with basmati rice and omar’s mango salsa.

2 mangoes, diced
1 shallot, minced
2-inch piece of fresh ginger, minced
1 serrano chile, minced
3 TBS finely chopped fresh mint
juice of one lime

mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.

and the last picture is dessert. no, it has nothing to do with mangoes, but i’m thinking it’s up there in the competition for “perfect dessert.” basil panna cotta. it looks like a lowly and humble cup of cream. but no – there is basil goodness infused in that cream. don’t let looks deceive you. perhaps i’ll share the recipe soon.


6 thoughts on “mango me

  1. I must admit I was afraid the shrimp and the salsa would not go well together. I am glad that I was wrong. Very wrong. If you make the salsa ahead of time only put in one of the mangoes. You can add the other mango right before you serve. That is unless you want a good bit of heat. I think next time I make it I am going to put in some of the seeds from the chili pepper for some more heat.

  2. I love that there are other families as in love with food as we are! Although you definitely have us beat when it comes to the exotic food…here on humble Lookout Mtn. we don’t have quite the variety of tropical fruits and fresh seafood. It all looks delicious!

  3. Glad to see you paired the mango with a shrimp for dinner. Don’t be afraid to freeze the mango chunks for later. I recently blogged about mango salsa.

    Happy eating

  4. Mmmmmm I WANT SOME MANGOES! 🙂 I’ll trade you okra, watermelon, cukes and maters! And throw in some cayennes. I’m sure they will ship just fine. Miss you… come to NC!

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