Showing posts with label Recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Recipes. Show all posts

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Summer heat is turned on high!

I feel it is best to stay indoors under AC on the hottest days of the year with a cool mango margarita and browse nursery websites and catalogs and make plans for what to do in the garden as soon as the most beautiful months arrive in Florida.

Ingredients for 2 margaritas:
  • 2 ripe mangoes, diced
  • 1/8 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup tequila
  • 1 tablespoon orange liquor
  • honey or agave syrup, if needed
  • 1 cup of ice
  • Put all ingredients into a blender and blend away
  • Rim the glasses with sugar and/or salt. I am using mango sugar. 
  • Enjoy while online-shopping for plants :)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Mango Salsa

It is mango time in Myrtle Glen!

We have only one tree, the natural dwarf variety 'Carrie', so the mango harvest is manageable. Enough fruit to eat fresh and share some with friends, make several recipes and freeze the rest. 

Time to make some mango salsa :-)

  • 2 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 medium sized red onion, diced
  • 1  red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime, or more to taste
  • salt, pepper to taste

  • Combine all ingredients, season to taste with lime juice, salt, and pepper. 
Serve with tortilla chips. 
This salsa also tastes great as a side with grilled fish, shrimp or chicken, or use as topping on a tropically inspired salad. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mango-Yogurt Ice Cream

Oh, so simple! The hardest part is waiting for the mangoes to ripen.

Mango variety 'Carrie' a naturally dwarf variety with fiberless fruit

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Olive Tapenade

It can't be summer without it! So delicious with baked goat cheese, some crackers or crusty French bread, and a glass of chilled Sangria.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

When it's cold....

.... I am craving comfort food, such as chocolate :-) And yes, this terrible cold front is lashing out into Florida, we had a chilling low of 46F early this morning.

These mini brownie bites are ready to eat in less than 15 minutes using pantry staple ingredients.  

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sweet and Peppery Pickled Kumquats

Did you ever hear of pickled Kumquats? me neither! So I had to give it a try and they sure taste interesting.... sweet, tangy, spicy, syrupy....

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Chocolate Truffles with Rose Petal Sea Salt

Made Chocolate Truffles for hubby's birthday, using the homemade Finishing Sea Salt I made a while ago.

Flavored Finishing Salt

The salts are delicious, here are our favorites:

A sprinkle of finishing salt goes a long way.

These flavored salts are easy and fast to make, perfect little edible homemade gifts but make sure to keep some for yourself. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mango sticky rice

Mangoes are my family's favorite fruit, especially the Carrie variety, its fruit is creamy and fiber-less, like eating custard.... for breakfast, dessert, in cakes, salads, sauces.

Do you like Mango sticky rice?

Monday, May 20, 2013

Friday, July 20, 2012

The King of Fruit

Ah yes, everyone has their own King of Fruits, but for us it is the Mango :-)

The original home of the Mango is India where it had been cultivated for at least 4000 years. And boy, are we happy to be able to grow a Mango tree in our back yard here in Florida!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Curried Shrimp Tarts

Since those little bite sized shrimp tarts were such a hit, and several guests asked for the recipe (which I sent via email), I decided to post it here :-)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Tea in the Garden

A few months ago, I hosted a Garden Tea Party to raise money for the local community garden.

It was so much fun getting everything ready to be just perfect for this event.

come on in

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Lovely Kumquats

Kumquat season is almost here. I am picking the first ripe ones on my morning strolls through the garden, I love my Kumquats!
The Meiwa variety has large, round fruits, very sweet and juicy, best for eating right off the little tree.
The Nagami variety has the well-known tart, oblong fruits. Those I use to make Marmalade, Chutney and Liqueur.

Nagami Kumquat

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Cherry-Pomegranate Chutney


1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped (1 cup)
1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground allspice
1 12-oz. pkg. frozen dark sweet cherries
1/2 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice
3 Tbsp. sugar
Seeds from 1 small pomegranate (3/4 cup)
1/4 tsp. salt

1. In large nonstick skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, ginger, and garlic. Cook, about 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender and translucent. Stir in cinnamon and allspice; cook about 15 to 20 seconds, until fragrant. Add cherries, pomegranate juice, and sugar.

2. Increase heat to medium-high. Bring onion-cherry mixture to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, uncovered, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until onion-cherry mixture is thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in pomegranate seeds and salt. Refrigerate chutney, covered, up to 1 week. Makes 1-3/4 cups.


This Chutney is to die for!

We enjoy it with cheese, crackers and a glass of wine on our sunken terrace.

Sunken Terrace in Myrtle Glen