I turned 45 today, and it’s been a most rewarding experience—undoubtedly because I continue to throw down in an earnest effort to be my most authentic self and express gratitude for all that life has given me thus far. Of course, none of it would be possible without those in my life that actively reciprocate and love back. As my most authentic self, I experience more joy and am able to spread it to others. This cake gives a nod to my efforts toward personal authenticity. In sincere fashion, it embodies great flavor, and, like most things in life, it didn’t come easily.
We’ve all been there. Herbs wilt rapidly in the fridge. Garlic and ginger dry up in a flash. Mangoes and avocados ripen on the countertop before we are ready to use them. These things always seem happen at a time when the idea of a mango smoothie or avocado toast makes our noses crinkle. Organic produce (and produce in general) is not cheap. There is a lot of energy that goes into the production of food, plus a significant amount of logistical labor involved in moving food from the source to your kitchen. Throwing away food is like throwing away money, effort and even dreams.
Having close female friends is one of the more rewarding and sustaining events we women can experience throughout life. Loving and devoted allies, they can often provide the compassion for ourselves that we let dissipate in times of stress or high anxiety, which can be more frequent and more severe as we get older and struggle to move through life and its challenges in work, family and intimate personal relationships. A loyal, long time female friend can come and go in close physical proximity, but she is always there to remind us of who we are, in moments when we need most to be reminded.
It’s been rainy here in the Bay Area the last few days, and I’ve been drinking a lot of tea to keep warm and cozy. It’s been the perfect time to perfect and TASTE test a recipe I have been working on in the Crespo Organic Kitchenthis winter- Mango Madeleines.
Madeleine cookies are little French cakes made with a lot of butter and often served with afternoon tea. They are soft and spongy in the middle and little chewy on the outside, a lovely variation of textures. Most folks outside of France consider them more of a cookie than a cake. They are by all counts, pretty damn exquisite, in texture and flavor.
Frente Frío del Este de Estados Unidos Genera Viento en los Huertos de Mango Oaxaqueño
Mientras que la mayor parte de la industria ha sido consumida por las frías temperaturas de México (debidas al frente frío de la temporada), que a menudo cubren a México en esta época del año viajando desde el norte (llamada “norte” por los locales), nosotros nos preocupamos más con el fenómeno de viento que actualmente ocurre debido a este frente frío en nuestros huertos de mango, en Oaxaca.
How an Eastern US Cold Front Spawns Wind in Oaxacan Mango Orchards
While most of the industry has been consumed by Mexico’s cold temperatures from the seasonal, southern traveling cold front, often blanketing Mexico this time of year, (nicknamed norte by southern Mexicans), we are more concerned with the wind phenomenon currently happening outside our mango orchards in Oaxaca, a dynamic outcome of these cold fronts. Continue Reading…
Our last winter crop update, published mid-November, gave us an overall positive outlook on the upcoming Mexican mango season. Ample rains had arrived in perfectly timed step and quantity, and the various stages of production from our southern regions of Oaxaca and Chiapas had progressed nicely. Good pollination and decent flowering occurred, flower drop was normal, and the fruit was transitioning desirably into the fruit set and elongation phases.
Sometime in the 1940s the Moscow Mule was invented. The exact moment of conception depends on who you ask. I like to believe the story that involves John Gilbert Martin of the Heublein Group—of A1 Sauce and canned mixed cocktail fame, and who acquired the rights of Smirnoff Vodka (from the Smirnov family who fled Russia). The vodka was notoriously crappy, which translated into a great acquisition price. The part that followed, aka trying to get Americans to drink it, was no small task. Even though Smirnoff was created in Connecticut, Hollywood became the birthplace of the mule.
I have four favorite sauces in my taco repertoire: Mango-Habañero Sauce, Peruvian Cilantro Sauce, Tomatillo Sauce and Guacamole Taquero. This sauce combines all four and makes it into one smooth and creamy condiment. Bonus feature: it can soak up a handful of items on the way to becoming food waste.
I made rib eye tacos with this sauce and impressed a special guest. The concoction is quite eggs-celent on morning huevos rancheros and leftovers make the perfect companion for chips-all-week. The sauce ended up being used to glaze a roasted chicken dinner, of which the carcass and leftover meat ended up being used in a Pozole Chicken Soup. The sauce that glazed the roasted chicken gave a really nice added flavor to the soup.
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.