Today's topic is one I can really get on board with... "quick, easy and delicious!" When it comes to food, that statement is my mantra.
Mango mango mango! Everywhere I look in my kitchen, it's about the mango, so is today's video. My true confession about mangoes: I never liked them before I moved here. Well, I THOUGHT I didn't like them. Turns out, I never had a mango off a tree before moving here, only little mango-like rocks sold in supermarkets up north where I am from (those are just not what I'm talking about here). Shortly after moving here, a friend gave me a whole basket of mangoes straight off her tree for my birthday. I thought "what the heck, I'll give one a go..." The rest is history.
This summer brought a bounty of hundreds and hundreds of mangoes into my kitchen, 99.9% of them have come straight from the trees at the Grimal Grove on Big Pine Key (what's that 0.01% you ask? Gifts from friends gardens, yay!) I've dehydrated the large majority of them for a special coconut mango biscotti I created as an on-going fundraiser for the Grimal Grove on Big Pine Key. It's wonderfully tropical in flavor, and chock full of Grimal Grove dried mango. This past December I bought a 10 tray dehydrator (similar to an Excalibur, without the price tag). I absolutely love it. I got it at Food for Thought in Marathon, it was a floor model and wonderfully discounted to an affordable price. My decision to go high raw was much easier because it's summertime and also was in the middle of our local mango season. There's still a few Grimal Grove mangoes trickling into my kitchen, but season is mostly over for them. I'm very lucky to have any at all coming in right now, thus my frozen and dried stocks are like gold to me.
Everyone all over is getting ready for pumpkin, but here in the tropics we're in the thick of triple digit heat indexes and and frozen mango drinks.
In my best Howard Cosell.... "let's go to the videotape...."
See you tomorrow!