Tropical Recipes #SundaySupper

Tropical Recipes #SundaySupper

Tropical Food #SundaySupper
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.

Mango display at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden #SundaySupper

Mango display at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, Fl. 2014 | Photo by Janet Keeler

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



Condiments and Sauces


Main Event

Delectable Delights

Wine Pairings

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Janet K. Keeler

Award-winning journalist Janet K. Keeler was the longtime food and travel editor of the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg, Fl. She is now an assistant professor of journalism and food writing at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Janet retired from daily newspaper journalism in April 2015, ending a 35-year career. She has been a news reporter, copy desk chief, and features editor. She is also the author of “Cookielicious: 150 Fabulous Recipes to Bake & Share,” which was published in 2010 by Seaside Publishing.

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April 26, 2015


  1. Renee

    Such a great lineup of Tropical recipes!

  2. Liz

    Oh, boy, I cannot wait to try so many of these terrific recipes!

  3. Sue Lau

    Great theme this week! I had lots of fun planning for it to the last bite and all the fun with SSM. Thanks.



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