This past weekend I re-discovered the beauty of some old recipes I had written years ago for Ger-Nis while re-purposing them for a mango cooking class I taught at the Sacramento Natural Foods Coop, which also happens to be one of my favorite grocery stores in the country.
The class, part of Crespo Organic Summer Mango Mania events, Fresh Summer Thai, featuring mangoes- reminded me of how lucky we are to have Mexican mangoes in peak season in the dead of our summer time. It also reminded me how Thai inspired recipes are some of the tastiest, healthiest and easiest recipes to whip up when it’s hot. I tend to forget how hot it gets throughout the USA and Canada, because I live in the one part of the country where cool foggy summers are the norm, where hot soup feels comforting to eat on the 4th of July.
These recipes were revamped from one of my most popular classes back in Brooklyn, where hot steamy summers were the norm and these refreshing, mango-centric dishes offered a cooling and joyful effect. By using them in the class myself, I was able to make some new alterations to the recipes and improve them. Making them even more tastier and even simpler than they were before!
#MuchosMangoes are coming to Bolinas….RIDE THE WAVE…..
The Crespo Organic Kitchen, the culinary education arm of Crespo Organic Mangoes and part of my produce, marketing and education company- Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center is located in the beautiful northern, surf and art village of Bolinas, California. This summer we are celebrating mangoes BIG TIME in our own backyard. Giving back to the many lovers we have discovered here and even some we may have had part of building. The town of Bolinas throws a gigantic weeklong party to celebrate the 4th of July and we thought there was no better time to provide them with and celebrate Crespo Organic Summer Mango Mania! Between July 3rd and July 7th Bolinas will be dripping in sweet organic mangoes…. we encourage you all to come, join in and ride the wave.
Bolinas Summer Mango Mania celebrates authentic Mexico cuisine and local organic farmers with Ger-Nis Supper Club, join in……..
During the weekend celebration that is Bolinas Summer Mango Mania ( July 4th – July 7th) we are offering up a special treat as the Crespo Organic Kitchen and Ger-Nis Culinary partner up to host their second annual, A Celebration of Mexico feast. The Ger-Nis’ Sunday Supper club, held seasonally and typically on a Sunday- moves to Saturday and not only features a totally mango-centric menu but a PURO-MEXICO experience utilizing the hyper-local and organic produce around from a remote little beach village in northern California, called Bolinas. . The supper club is a unique eating and educational experience that showcases the goods of local, organic, sustainable and fairly traded farm products and aims to better educate consumers about farming and farm culture through unique food experiences.. This summer we celebrate the Crespo family by offering up the seafood rich cuisine of the coastal Sinaloa region where the Crespo family calls home- El Rosario. Educational will seep in through your taste buds.
Muchos mango-centric events are coming. Are you all ready?
Crespo Organic Summer Mango Mania is here and The Crespo Organic Kitchen, partnering with Ger-nis are going to make it extra special this summer. The Crespo Organic Kitchen is essentially the test kitchen for all things Crespo Organic, managed by my company Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center; a small food education, sales & marketing and media company; specializing in local, organic, fairly traded, sustainable food and agricultural. Ger-Nis supports small global growers around the world in with a bevy of services, skills and connections.
It’s not for the simple minded, its weird and fun and complex, as I like it!
I often hear that my recipes seem complicated. I also hear once given a chance and actually made, they are easily executable, work well and are enjoyable to make. In the kitchen (and maybe life) I teeter between the quick-and-easy and the more-steps-than-usual (but still easy). It’s kind of like walking many miles; the walking part is easy; the many miles part takes simple action and will.
This recipe is seemingly complicated. It has a lot of steps and many ingredients. It offers deeply exotic rewards, but requires will… and work. Sometimes I get a weird idea, and it unravels into something even more weird. But as my therapist always says about my unraveling, I always land somewhere pragmatic. This recipe is just that.
Is the perfect Spring cocktail/mocktail with major flower power
I’m infatuated with the floral qualities of mangoes and discovered it’s possible to make these lovely notes pop even more when you combine them with actual flower essences. Floral noted spirits, floral bitters and actual flowers- combined with mangoes, gives my floral obsession more flower power! This drink is the result of that power and my obsession. Continue Reading…
I make dreamy mango moon milk with Ariana Grande Sweetener in her honor
It’s not every day I pay attention to pop music. Today my mango google alerts were pinging me with a slurry of mango talk and Ariana Grande. I was intrigued from the get-go. Any pop star of her caliber giving juice to sweet mangoes just makes me smile. Does it surprise me? No, everyone loves mangoes. That’s the point of this glorious business that I happen to be smack in the middle of. I’m happy when others shine the light on this beautiful fruit, grown by amazing, hard-working people all over the world. Continue Reading…
I am lucky to live in California, a place where citrus literally falls off trees in winter and brightens our rain soak days. Our grocery stores and farmers markets are brimming with a variety of brightly hued choices and my neighbors give me buckets of Meyer lemons, mandarins, oranges as well as a cluster of other varieties. So we may have went a little crazy in the Crespo Organic Kitchen the last few weeks creating recipes with these offerings. Mangoes compliment citrus perfectly by balancing with sweetness, eliminating the need for excess sugar. The perfumed nature of ripe mangoes balances the deep rich flavor of citrus peels. We are quite pleases with these recipes and think we offer something for everyone – sweet and savory. Its a celebration of the magic that occurs when mangoes are paired with citrus!
Under The Mango Tree is a sweet spot, where I, a long time mango industry crackerjack, share everything I know. A place to find mango centric, agricultural, food and culture knowledge and a few juicy industry secrets and lies.