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.

Gilly

3 comments:

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!