I hope everyone enjoyed a fabulous weekend! I was quite busy! The temperatures finally came down so that definitely helped everyone have a good weekend. It was nice going outside not feeling like you were going to suffocate. I couldn’t take the heat anymore.
If you have not seen the movie “Ted” you must go see it! The humor is a bit vulgar, but I did laugh the whole time. That started our weekend on Friday night.
I am so excited that my nephew flew in on Saturday to spend a few weeks with us. Unfortunately, he came in on a day when we had plans, so we picked him up at the airport, came home for a few hours and then ditched him and my youngest daughter at my parents house. My husband and I went off to enjoy an evening at a friend’s house. My friend had a quesadilla bar that was awesome! The choice of fillings was amazing. They included chicken, sautéed mushrooms, sautéed spinach, green and red pepper, black beans and all sorts of other fillings. I was so excited with the wonderful presentation of everything that I forgot to take pictures! I had a wonderful time! It’s not very often that I go out without my daughter because I want to spend as much time with her as possible. It was the same way when my other children were growing up…I gave up a lot of social activities to be with them. Now I have to pick up my social life where I left off twenty-five years ago…it’s kind of hard but I am working on it!
Sunday the weather was just right for an outdoor outing. We decided to go to the Bristol Renaissance Faire. We hadn’t been there in about 9 years or so I think. We figured that we would try to take my nephew somewhere he hasn’t been in the times he has visited. The faire is a nice experience to see things that we don’t normally see all the time. It was the perfect summer day.
The costumes were so elegant and looked like they were straight from the 1400′s!
It was fun watching my nephew dig into his turkey leg. Some faire foods are delicious and some not so much. Every time I have ever gone I have eaten the mushrooms in a beef garlic broth…they are to die for. Again, I forgot to take a picture of them because I was so excited…do you see a pattern with me and food? The turkey leg looked delicious but it was pretty bland. It did need a little extra spice, but really how do you please everyone at a large faire? Next time I’ll go packing some kind of hot sauce or rub!
Ok…let me get to this cool summer recipe…Mangonada. So I haven’t been to Mexico in quite a while. Since then this mango craze was born!
According to my Mom this type of cold treat is usually served up in a clear plastic bag with a straw or spoon.
2 pounds mangoes, peeled and cut into chunks (3-5 mangoes)
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Ground piquin or guajillo chiles to taste, plus more for garnish
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (2-3 limes)
Put the mangoes, sugar, and salt in a food processor (I used a blender…had to rock it around a few times!) and process until completely smooth. Pour the puree into a shallow nonreactive container. Freeze completely, about 5 hours. Scop the frozen mixture into a blender and blend until crushed.
To serve, put a little chamoy in a glass or cup, put a little mango ice on top, and layer with some chiles and chamoy as desired. sprinkle the lime juice on top, then dust with ground chiles and salt as desired. Serve immediately.
This was so amazingly spicy, acidic and salty! Chamoy is an apricot chile sauce that is slightly salty and acidic. It can be found at Mexican grocery stores. I have tasted the commercial chamoy, but I decided to make my own. You can find the recipe for the chamoy sauce here http://www.rickbayless.com/recipe/view?recipeID=179
I also must apologize for the lack of Scrapbook Saturday. I have so many other things to enjoy right now that I haven’t scrap booked too much. I will hopefully get back to it soon!
Have a great beginning to your week!
Recipes from “Paletas” by Fany Gerson and Rick Bayless