Tonight our Sunday Supper tastemakers are whisking us away to the tropics with a delicious menu of recipes that will make you think you’re eating on an island with palm trees and balmy breezes. It’s a good bet that if you’re lucky enough to be on a tropical island, you’ll be eating mangoes. So before we take you away for our chat tonight, hosted by Cindy Kerschner of Cindy’s Recipes and Writings and Marlene Baird of Nosh My Way, a little lesson about this beloved fruit.
Mangoes are called the Queen of Tropical Fruit and indeed they are prized, even revered, in equatorial nations around the world. There are some 2,500 varieties, some of which are not much bigger than a golf ball and others that look closer to a football. Be careful about touching the skin of the fruit and is sap until you make sure you aren’t allergic. Many people get rashes when touching them but are not troubled by the fruit itself.
Every July at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Fl., the mango is celebrated with a two-day festival. Richard Campbell, Fairchild’s director of horticulture, is arguably the world’s foremost expert on mangoes. It’s worth a trip to South Florida to learn more about this delicious fruit and taste some of the hundreds of varieties grown there.
In the meantime, if you can’t make it to Florida, use what you find in your grocery stores and farmers markets. Even frozen mango will do for smoothies or baked goods.
Mangos five ways
Make an Indian mango lassi by blending ½ cup of milk and mango chunks with 1 cup of plain yogurt. Add sweetener if your fruit isn’t sweet enough for you.
Use in a fresh salsa as a topping for grilled fish. Make by mixing mango chunks, sliced scallions, diced cucumber and red pepper flakes (or diced, seeded jalapeno). Drizzle with a bit of vegetable oil and honey.
Add to the cabbage slaw as a topping for fish tacos. Or stir in chunks to a store-bought cole slaw for a flavor twist.
Substitute mango for banana in your favorite quick bread recipe. Add chopped macadamia nuts for Mango-Macadamia Bread.
Drop a spoonful of pureed mango into a chilled glass of Champagne or Prosecco for a Tropical Bellini.
And here’s the menu from the Sunday Supper tastemakers, all wearing Hawaiian shirts (some even hula skirts) this week:
Tidbits and Pupus
- Chicken and Lemongrass Sugarcane Skewers by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Coconut crusted Tofu with Spicy Mango Cucumber Topping by Soni’s Food
- Larp (Laos Chicken Salad) by Caroline’s Cooking
- Midwest Style Loco Moco by Our Good Life
- Tropical Sunrise Fruit Salad with Coconut Chia Cream by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Caribbean Black Beans with Rice by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Condiments and Sauces
- Cilantro Margarita by An Appealing Plan
- Coconut Mojito by Flour On My Face
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake Cocktail by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Strawberry Lava Flow by Nosh My Way
- Bali Spicy Grilled Fish – Ikan Bakar Jimbaran by Food Lust People Love
- Crockpot Hawaiian Pulled Pork by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Grilled Shrimp Roll with Mango and Papaya by Food Done Light
- Grilled Swordfish with Pineapple Salsa by Cooking Chat
- Kalua Pig by Palatable Pastime
- Mango Barbecued Pork Chops by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Mango Lime Fajitas by Curious Cuisiniere
- Pineapple Pork by Basic N Delicious
- Shrimp Catibías by The Petit Gourmet
- Shrimp Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Slow Cooker Kalua Pork Tacos by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Tropical Chicken Burgers by Momma’s Meals
- Tropical Chicken Flatbread Pizza by Family Foodie
- Whole Fish with a Ginger-Tamarind Sauce by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Coconut Mounds Bars by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Coconut Sunshine Cake by Lifestyle Food Artistry
- Double Ginger Cookies by Pies and Plots
- Majarete Ice Cream by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Mini Mango Cheesecakes by The Freshman Cook
- Pineapple Blueberry Ooey Gooey Cake by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Pumpkin-Coconut Biscotti by What Smells So Good?
- Strawberry Twist Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream by Simply Healthy Family
- Tropical Fruit Salad by The Redhead Baker
- Tropical Layered Poke Cake by Daily Dish Recipes
- Ube Panna Cotta by The Joyful Foodie
- Whole Wheat Mango Coconut Bars by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- The Best Wines to Pair with Tropical Food #SundaySupper by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
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