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A new Tip on Mangoes…

25 Sep

I already showed you my favorite way to peel and eat a mango… it’s actually one of, if not the MOST popular post on our blog!!

But, have you ever peeled a mango to find out it was still under ripe? What do you do with it? Do you throw it away? Do you eat it still unripe?

Mango

Just cover it in plastic wrap and leave on your kitchen counter to ripen, just as if it had the skin on still. The outside will get dark, it will not look all that pretty, but in a matter of a few days, you’ll be able to peel the outside again and the pulp will be ripe and delicious as if you never peeled it in the first place.

Wish I had some pics to share… but I wanted to share this tip today after having for breakfast a fresh and perfectly ripe mango that I originally tried to enjoy for the first time last week. It was DE-LI-CIOUS!

Indian Edible Sweet Souvenirs

29 Apr

Over the years, I have tried to never accustom anyone in my family to expect a gift whenever I travel. It may sound kinda harsh, but with the amount of travel I do, if I accustom people to expect a gift from me, it would be a burden to my schedule and my budget. I do try to bring things to share with people so they can enjoy a little bit of my travels too… Say for example, it’s kind of awkward to travel in India for 3 weeks and arrive at my sister’s home empty-handed.

As soon as we arrived in India, we were gifted a backpack filled with Indian goodies: a sari for the girls and a dhoti for the guys, a towel that looks like a very nice kitchen towel and these… Gajjak Til Papad. The best way I can describe it is this is the Indian version of a sesame seed brittle. Super duper thin sheet of sugar with sesame seeds, pistachios and flavored with cardamom. We ate one box along the trip… this was our in-room snack, we brought one box for my sister and I have an extra one with me in Puerto Rico. It’s in the fridge for the sugar to be hard and crispy like we ate them in India and not softy and chewy.

Gajjak Til  Papad

For years, my mom and I have enjoyed 2 of India’s most popular desserts – galub jamun and rasgulla. We lovingly call them “the Indian balls”. Galub Jamun is a ball made of wheat flour and Rasgulla is a ball made from an Indian cheese similar to paneer called chhena. Both are served warm in syrup and they’re delicious!!!! For years, we’ve seen these desserts packed for travel in cans and this was the first time we brought some home. You can find them in any sweet shop and especially at gift shops at the airports.

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Rasgulla Collage

In Allahabad we were treated to Dry Petha… which is a dry, sugared pumpkin. I am guessing it’s some sort of zucchini or squash because it’s white in color. I have not been able to identify the “pumpkin” this sweet is made of. They’re a nice ending to a meal… sweet and light and perfect to bring a few to your room for a snack!! ;) You can also find these packed in boxes ready to travel home with you.

Dry Petha Collage

And in Delhi we were taken to a sweet shop called Bikanervala… here we bought our to-go cans of rasgullas and galub jamun. But we also discovered something else that was completely new to me – Mawas. I am not even sure if this is their correct name. I believe it’s a halva made from dried fruits or nuts. Or as we would say in the west, like a turrón or dry nougat. We just saw the little packages in the store, asked to try one and ended up buying 3 kinds – Mango, Badam which is Almond and Pista which is pistachio. Now I know 3 more words in hindi, yay!!!!

Turrones Collage

Over the last few weeks, these sweets have been a terrific way to remember thru our taste buds some of the wonderful experiences we had in India. I can’t wait to make some Indian sweets of my own!!!!

Do you bring back edible souvenirs from your travels?? Tell me all about them…

Mango Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie

6 Mar

This is kinda like a Mango Lassi, but with more fruits which makes it perfect for a breakfast drink. I am trying my best to keep my new year’s resolution of eating more fruits each day.

Mango Strawberry Smoothie 2

MANGO STRAWBERRY PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE

½ banana
4 strawberries
2 fresh pineapple rings
1/2 cup mango nectar
1/2 cup water
½ cup plain yogurt
1 tbs agave nectar
1 tbs ground flaxseeds
4 ice cubes
  1. Blend well in a blender… That’s all to it.

What are your favorite fruit combinations???

Updated Tropical Cream Supreme Breakfast Smoothie

23 Jan

As a New Year’s resolution I vowed to eat healthier… and making sure I eat my servings of fruit a day is certainly part of it.

I love the Tropical Cream Supreme combination from the Orange Juluis. To be honest, I don’t even know if this fast food joint still exists out there. Possibly I should Google it. But I know these flavors are part of my growing up. But sometimes, we need to change things up…

So here is my updated version of the Tropical Creme Supreme and it’s become my new favorite breakfast smoothie.

Updated Tropical Cream Supreme

UPDATED TROPICAL CREAM SUPREME BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

1 banana
4 strawberries
¼ cup frozen mango
½ cup plain yogurt
1 cup passion fruit juice
A squirt of agave nectar or honey
1 tbs of ground flaxseed
  1. Blend all the ingredients in your blender or Magic Bullet.
  2. Serve cold.

Mango Passion Fruit Lassi

4 Sep

Believe it or not, I’m getting ready for my 4th trip to India next year… We will be visiting at early in the year to ensure we do not combust from the India heat felt April on. You would think that growing up in the Caribbean would prepare you for the Indian heat – NOOOOOO!!! We have breezes and sea around us… the heat in India feels 200 times hotter than any summer in Puerto Rico.

But I do love to visit India, especially for spiritual trips like the one I am about to make. Our love for mangos is something both our cultures, India and Caribbean,  coincide in. Lassis are one of the first things I learned about Indian cuisine and I just love to drink them (the sweet kind, of course) when I travel there. They’re a great way to keep the heat at bay – the heat from the climate and the heat from the spicy food you eat. And as much as I love eating a mango just as a fruit… I also love to make it into a smoothie.

This version of a lassi yogurt drink is something I came up with the other day as an experiment. The combination is tangy and not too sweet, just like a refreshing drink should be. It’s like India and Puerto Rico combined in a glass… maybe not too traditional but very, very delicious.

 

MANGO PASSION FRUIT LASSI

1 cup of mango, cut into small pieces
1 cup passion fruit nectar or juice
½ cup greek yogurt
2 tbs agave nectar
3 ice cubes
  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend at a high speed until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Enjoy as part of your breakfast or as a snack.

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