Sep 15, 2008

MANGOES , MINT & TEQUILA

Have you ever tried a mango from Egypt ? Well let me start off but telling you that they are most probably- if not certainly- by far the best mangoes in the world! As I have some family in Egypt, and as people from the Middle East tend to have this typical charming habit of always bring back food in their suitcases when visiting family, well as you can imagine- there is more then often delicious ripe mangoes from Egypt lying around in our kitchen throughout the year.
I just happened to receive some last week, and as much as I enjoyed them on their own, as much as I was dying to try out this spontaneously thought up combination of utterly sweet mangoes refreshed with shreddings of mint and with a naughty twist of tequila, which all in all goes fantastically well with a scoop of coconut ice cream. The result: a colourful exotic and glowing dessert- and do expect some more fruity posts coming up soon !
Recipe for Mango “carpaccio” with Mint & Tequila:

Note: I eyeballed this recipe, so I will do my best to assume the correct measurements below.

Count 1 large ripe mango for 2 servings
Fresh mint leaves- finely chopped
1-2 teaspoons of tequila / mango
1-2 tablespoons sugar
Coconut icecream

How to make it:

Slice the mango very thinly- almost like a carpaccio and place slices in a deep dish. In a small cup, mix the mint, tequila & sugar- mix well and transfer this mixture over the mango slices. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in the fridge for a few hours. When ready to serve, lay out the mango slices and optionally top off with a scoop of coconut icecream (optional, but highly recommended between you and I!).

7 comments:

Peter G said...

Nice to see you back Marianna! I absolutely LOVE this combination...very tropical and very exotic!

Peter M said...

Were you away again Marianna?

I believe you when you say Egyptian mangoes must be tops...probably like fresh figs vs. supermarket.

Your plating is as usual, extraordinary.

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks wonderful - I love mangoes and I love tequila, so this would be a perfect match for me! Do you think it would be okay with basil instead of mint? Not sure how that would pair with the coconut ice cream.

Olga said...

Mangoes are my favorite fruit! I've never had mangoes from Egypt, but have fond memories of Israeli mangoes, which my host family in Israel grew behind their house.

I'd take out tequila, but the rest sounds great!

Angela said...

I'm a mango fanatic and this looks absolutely delicious. What a combo!

Alex Rushmer said...

Looks delicious, and such a good combination of flavours.

sassy said...

Hi Marianna,

I just tasted a mango lassi that brought me back to my egyptian mango days. I have never tasted anything that comes even remotely close. We used to eat ripe local mangoes with vanilla ice cream for dessert after a nice dinner. This was in Cairo...where I also remember picking up mangoes off the street when they fell from the trees. I have a blog (http://sassyfood.blogspot.com/) and I'm going to post something about mangos and lassis and egyptian mango memories. I'd love to use your mango picture and/or link to your site. Would you mind?
-Sassy critic