Friday, July 29, 2005

A summer recipe

The arrival of summer heralds soft fruit season and the king of the soft fruits is now hitting the stalls in your supers, souks and markolets; the mango is sweet, aromatic and sticky and is quite the most delicious addition to almost anything. I picked up a couple yesterday at Machane Yehuda for NIS 8 per kilo and they'll come down a little more in the coming weeks. Here's a recipe which I enjoyed this morning.

Go to the souk (failing that the supermarket will do) and buy several Maya mangos - you'll only need one for the recipe but will want to make it often. Mayas are a little more expensive but are tastier and less fibrous than other types. They have a glorious orangey / yellowish / reddish hue which hints at how wonderful they taste. Whilst you're there, pick up your favourites from peaches, plums, nectarines, yellow melon - all the soft fruits are in season and cost next to nothing.

With a sharp knife, cut the mango away from the stone and get rid of the skin - suck the remaining flesh off the stone - it's a crime to waste it. Chop the mango and other fruit (I used peach and plum) into fine dice and mix together. Optionally, sprinkle over a little cinnamon.

Go out into your garden or balcony and eat in the early morning sunshine (not too early clearly - it's Friday after all). If you don't have a balcony or garden, you should strongly consider moving. You are now set up for the day.



ifyouwillit said...

You just got me set for the day, just by reading the recipie. I'm off to the Shuk in an hour - maybe I'll see you by the Mango's!

Gilly said...

I went yesterday after work - had to pick up coffee and some Za'atar for my wife's amazing challot!

gils said...

Mango Salad: equal amouonts of chopped up shallots, mango, pineapple and red pepper with lime juice over the top...great for Shabbat lunch!