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Popsicle Party with Chef Svea

July 26, 2017

 

Creative mango popsicle recipes, taste tested on adults, kids and dogs!

Kids, adults and even dogs love the refreshing ice cold flavor of fresh fruit popsicles on a hot summer day. Home made fresh fruit popsicles offer a thirst quenching and healthy popsicle experience for all. Mangoes natural sweetness and tropical vibrancy is the perfect medium for creating healthy and naturally sweet popsicles that you can eat day and night!

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Mangoes on the BBQ

May 26, 2017

A sweet & tropical blaze for your Memorial Day Cookout

Every year in late spring, on the very last Monday in May, Americans celebrate Memorial Day. It’s a day where we honor serviceman who sacrificed their lives in American military operations. It’s a holiday that falls on the cusp of summer, and, for most, a BBQ weekend that signals that the long-awaited summer season has finally arrived.

The holiday has morphed over the years and turned into a long, three-day weekend, where, in addition to remembering our fallen soldiers, Americans celebrate, with fervent enthusiasm, the great American tradition of the BBQ or cookout.

This weekend, as you hang your flag at half-staff until noon, fire up the BBQ, grab your favorite people, and take advantage of the copious amounts of mangoes available at this time of year to add a tropical twist to your celebration.

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Strawberry- Rhubarb, Mango Compote

May 23, 2017

Rhubarb meets mangoes in this perceivingly exotic and versatile compote!

In the old days, the processes of canning and jarring were essential to preserving the harvest well past winter. Today, as the world has access to most ingredients most of the time, preserving has become less essential and more of an exciting culinary trick. Making jams and compotes is one of the best ways to extend the life of your favorite seasonal fruit past the curfew nature has set for it. The creativity inspired by the blank canvas of making your own appeals to me most. I can add herbs, spices, booze… I can go sweet, tart, spicy, tropical… (See: Mango Jam).

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Miyagi Oysters & Mango Mignonette

February 28, 2017


The magic happens right when you think you went to far

I can be quite obsessive with my desire to turn everything into a mango recipe or more importantly and opportunity to teach people that mangoes work in just about any type of recipe or cuisine. I really do not exaggerate their versatility and am always trying to prove it, and proving it well definitely helps my quest. My latest venture took me really close to the edge of what I thought might be a stupid idea. But since I tend to be of the philosophy -that which makes you uncomfortable could possibly make you stronger- I pushed through the moment of discomfort and the idea of failure to impress. That’s when my Mango Mignonette recipe was born.

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Intoxicating Mangoes

February 21, 2017

Warming up to and with mangoes; through booze

My love for mangoes started off rocky. As a young girl venturing into Central America with my family in the late 1980’s, down the Pan American highway through Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and into Nicaragua, I had some run ins with mangoes.  Few of those entanglements  left me with a hankering for more. The soapy, ultra-sweet flavor wasn’t my thing and I gave up on them easily,  without looking back. Thirty years later, I found myself importing and marketing these sweet perfumed beauties for organic farmers throughout Latin American and I decided to take another look. I don’t think it’s uncommon with some foods (can you say brussel sprouts) that a second try as an  adult changes everything, especially when you toss in the “tried and true” recipe for reshaping taste- nostalgia, timing, connection and engagement. My coming of age with mangoes was born from my connection to mango farmers and the the sustainable food scene in Brooklyn and it  advanced by a warehouse full of fresh organic mangoes and a local artisanal, farm to glass booze craze. As a cooking instructor who focuses a great deal of time on kids, I am aware that the perfect storm of ingredients can create an openness of the palette that allows kids to try things they would normally never try not to mention actually like what they are tasting.   This is the story (told through booze) of my perfect storm that brought me to where I am today, a devoted mango lover and self proclaimed – Queen of the King of Fruits

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Mango, Meet Golden Milk

February 9, 2017

Holistic & Synergistic Bliss

What happens when we combine India’s ancient health drink with the King of Fruits?

Golden Milk (Haldi Ka Doodh) has moved boisterously through western society hailing itself as the new super drink, and it’s by far the biggest trend in western holistic nutrition since yoga. The recipe’s roots stretch back centuries, and its main ingredient, turmeric, is one of the most important roots in the world, dating back well over 4000 years. Prized for its tremendous healing capabilities, it’s one of the world’s most important spices. India is probably the place where this root is worshiped the most, and it is inside India’s ancient practice of Ayurveda where Golden Milk was born.

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Mango Old Fashioned

February 2, 2017

I by pass the sugar cube and modernize the classic old fashioned by incorporating mango essence into a simple syrup. The taste is just as exquisite as the classic version if not better.

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Whisky-Mango Sour

February 2, 2017

This is one of my favorite classic drinks in which to impart mango essence. The slight sweetness and perfumed nose the mango conveys in this drink tames the whiskey, just slightly. The egg white is really not optional in my opinion as the sweet mango froth that is born here communicates both flavor and texture to the drinker.

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Dark (Aged) Rum Mango Daiquiri

February 2, 2017

A Mango Daiquiri offers aged rum with tropical sweetness

 

The classic daiquiri is one of the simplest and pure drinks of the times. It’s a drink that has the perfect balance of sweet, sour and spirit. This dark rum or aged version utilizing mango pit syrup, showcases the deep, rich and warm, tropical notes of a fresh mango which tend to bring out the caramel notes of an aged rum with ease. The faint tropical essence perfumes the nose with sweetness and the fierce power of the age rum leaves a warm smoky aftertaste.

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Mango Negroni

February 2, 2017

Mango Negroni gives this classic a perfumed, slightly tropical twist

 

This negroni is a classic cocktail and I’m generally not one to shy away from “creatively enhancing” a classic cocktail with fresh ingredients. But the negroni is one you must alter carefully- as it has a cult following. This version, showcasing the subtlties fo mangoes,  adds a bit of sweet perfumy mango essence by infusing the gin with fresh mangoes.  The infused booze makes the Campari taste a tad less bitter and slightly sweeter without adding sugar. The slight, added mango essence is balancing and therefore a bit more inviting to those on the fence about the bitterness of Campari.  It’s  a drink enjoyed year round, but this -scant of tropical- version is exceptionally nice in winter, where the brightness and vibrancy of the fresh mangoes gracefully shines through the potent and botanical booze without tasting sugary sweet.

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