I saw a site with a simple way to cut mangos that has made all the difference for me. I knew there had to be a better way! The site also has good information on ripeness and availability. It did bother me that it slightly suggested that you could tell when a peach is ripe by pushing on it. (This, by the way, just bruises peaches. You can tell whether peaches are ripe by scent in the store or by the way the fall into your hand when you are picking them.)
Naturally, watching the video made me crave mango salsa something intense. My favorite way to eat mango salsa is warmed on top of brie. It’s so good. I’ve had store bought mango salsas, but they are usually so sweet that you lose the mango flavor. The tricky part about mango salsa is that the mango needs to be perfect or otherwise it has a slightly sour or earthy, muddy flavor, depending on its degree of ripeness or over ripeness. I like my mango salsa rather mild, due to the strong brie flavor, but you can make a heat substitution if you like yours with more kick.
- 1 mango
- 4 Tbls. fresh chopped cilantro
- 2 Tbls. fresh lime juice
- 1/8 tsp honey
- 1/4 tsp. chili (mild version) 1/4 tsp chili pepper flakes (hot version)
- 1/8 tsp garlic
- pinch of salt
- wedge of brie
Cut mango as per video, slicing the mango into very tiny dice in a small bowl. Rinse and chop leaves of cilantro into a chiffonade (very fine). Discard the stems and add to the mangos. Squeeze and pour the fresh lime over the mangos.
In a very small bowl, mix the honey, chili, garlic and salt. Pour over the mangos and mix everything together gently. (If over mixed, it will become puree quickly.)
Slice a wedge of brie and remove the rind with a sharp knife. Place it on an oven proof plate and top with salsa. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes (or cheat and put it in the microwave for 45 seconds.)
Vanity therefore it is, to seek after perishing riches, and to trust in them. Vanity also it is to hunt after honours, and to climb to high degree. Vanity it is to follow the desires of the flesh, and to long after that for which thou must afterwards suffer grievous punishment. Vanity it is, to wish to live long, and to be careless to live well. Vanity it is to mind only this present life, and not to foresee those things which are to come. Vanity it is to set thy love on that which speedily passeth away, and not to hasten thither where everlasting joy abideth. – Thomas A Kempis (1380-1471)