Egypt has long been on my list of places to visit and recently I was lucky enough to spend fifteen days traveling around the country. Not just to see and feel the ancient history but to experience the rich culture and food that I have grown to love with so many of my travels to the middle east for agricultural work.
On this trip I was lucky enough to see almost all parts of Egypt, from Cairo all the way to the southern border near Sudan. I of course got to see the great pyramids in Giza and ride a camel, and visit the tombs and temples of Pharaohs, queens and goddess’. I also got to sail down the Nile for four days – I guess technically I sailed up since the Nile, the longest river in the world, flows from south to North. I met with women in small villages and got to eat some wonderful food in a Nubian village near Sudan and cook with the chef on the ancient Egyptian sailboat. lI earned a lot about Egypt; the greatest take away is how much and how long the country (its people) have been suffering and how little we westerners hear about that and how important mangoes are there.
The silk texture of Mallika’s is perfect for this decadent & easy French toast
This is the second season for our Mexican grown Indian Mallika mangoes and The Crespo Organic Kitchen has been buzzing with excitement. It’s so rare for us to have completely fiberless mangoes and these silky creamy delights are proving fun to create recipes with!
I have long had in my head the idea to make mango French toast, using mango puree in the batter but haven’t gotten around to doing it. Years ago I came up with a great recipe for a food magazine using up leftover eggnog and combining it with blackberries. I loved the taste of the fruit in the toast, much better than too much fruit on top of the French toast.
This year when the Mallika’s made their way into the Crespo Organic Kitchen they just felt perfect for this recipe, and they were and are! While it’s true you can make this recipe with any mango, the fiberless ones are way better.
Instead of the usual sugary whipped cream found on fruit French toast, I opted for fresh strawberry butter, which you can make just by smashing strawberries and mixing them with softened butter!
My father watched a lot of football when I was a little girl. He used to gamble on games and have 7-8 TV’s playing all the games at once. I knew everything about football from a very young age. I never loved it, but I did know more than most young girls and women about the sport and to some extent still do. Football, from my vantage point, has the unique ability to excite people (men) like not much else. For me football is more nostalgic, reminding me of my father and I think for a lot of Americans the Superbowl in particular is a time to gather, eat, drink and merrily intermingle, maybe even get a little rowdy in their brightest colored football gear and if they are lucky, their team is in the big game.
Saucy and sweet with the perfect amount of heat- Crespo Sinaloa Sauce!
Mangoes are one of the biggest agricultural products from Mexico. In the U.S., mango consumption begins to peak in spring and explodes in the summertime, which coincides with the peak production of mangoes from Mexico. America’s massive mango demand makes them one of the most important products in Mexico. Mexico is also the worlds largest exporter of chili peppers. The idea to merry these two Mexican staples in a beautiful silky sauce was always meant to be. Crespo Sinaloa Sauce was born from connection (a staple in the doings of El Grupo Crespo) and the family’s hometown of El Rosario where you’ll find Empaque Don Jorge I , the first of El Grupo Crespo’s proprietary packinghouses and largest hydrothermal mango packhouse in Latin American (home of Crespo Organic Mangoes). It’s also located in one of the most important habanero production zones. Habaneros were also one of the first crops and exports for El Grupo early on, originally a chili pepper business started in 1960 for the local market. Crespo, Ataulfos and Habanero’s were always meant to be together.
Mango-Centric recipes sure to bring in some needed holiday cheer!
It’s been a heck of a few years and it’s looking like the year ahead isn’t going to give us too much of a COVID break. But if we have learned anything in these past COVID years, it’s how to find and feel the joy regardless of our circumstances. How to move past the difficulties and support each other and our communities, which is for us on both sides of the border.
We anticipate another difficult season with climate change, COVID and the general problems of the world that seem to keep coming at full force! We are hunkered down with our families, resting and celebrating for the next few weeks feeling gratitude and love and preparing for the 2022 season which will begin at the end of January. Whatever will happen in 2022, we promise that we are here to bring much more #MangoJoy than ever before and are always prepared to do so…
So regardless of if you are traveling this holiday season, or staying put, be kind and loving to each other. And seek and feel joy!
Here are a few of our favorite holiday recipes from the Crespo Organic Kitchen that are certain to bring more cheer into these years ending!
Another holiday winner from the Crespo Organic Kitchen!
You know how much I hate mango recipes that seem meaningless, like someone just tossed mangoes into an already perfect recipe and they think they had a clever idea. Not even examining the ideal way to incorporate a mango into the recipe. The way mangoes are often put into recipes, especially by people selling the commodity is often reckless.
Creating recipes for commodities is difficult. On one hand you must be constantly churning out new ideas and on the other, at least if you are like me- they need to be realistic, delicious and lead people to want to make them again and again. Most of the people that want mango recipes, are generally mango lovers. I feel significant obligation in making sure all the recipes that I or anyone in the Crespo Organic Kitchen creates are not just marketing gimmicks designed to get those folks to buy more mangoes but truly practical and genius ways of teaching mango lovers how to incorporate the essence of fruit they love into really beautiful, easy to pull off final dishes and flavors. We want to teach them the amazing culinary versatility of mangoes and ideally help bring their own tasty ideas to fruition. People will naturally buy more mangoes the more we can educate mango eaters on the bounty of mango joy, mangoes offer.
Class Description:This is a very special class to cap off Mango Mania, where we’ll make our favorite Mexican street drink – the Mangonada – and all its components from scratch, including Homemade Chamoy and Tamarindo Candy Straws. Bright orange mango sorbet with chamoy rippled throughout and topped with fresh mangoes. The mangonada is a summertime staple in Mexican communities and the Crespo Organic Kitchen is going to take a stab at making it from scratch, right along side you!
We will make the chamoy from scratch—a savory, lightened pickeld condiment made from dried stone fruit. We will even make our own house Tajín seasoning (a lime-flavored chili powder). And the signature candy tamarind straw too, we wont forget to make that too!
Most of the stuff you’d buy from the store today is so laden with salt, sugars, processed-everything that we want to recreate this incredible treat the old way (which is also the healthier, fresh way).
Recipes to be Made: Mango & Lime Sorbet; Homemade Chamoy; Crespo (Faux) Tajín; Tamarind Candy Straws
Date: Saturday July 31st Time:4 PM CST Location:VIRTUAL! Watch on Instagram live or follow along on Zoom!
Details: Participate Via Zoom Meeting ID:881 0554 2868 Passcode: MangoMania
Notes:There is some prep work needed for this class so check out the Pre-Class Needs Photo on this post for all the details plus the full ingredient list you will need!
Class Description:Crespo Organic’s hometown is ceviche heaven. This class pays homage to the king of ceviche. We’ll go over proper mango cutting methods for ceviche, how to select your fish and any other ingredients for maximum freshness. On Nissa’s last trip, she picked up a few tips and tricks and a special hot juice that she’ll show you sets this ceviche apart. You’ll learn how to make a simple and fresh ceviche using tuna, mangoes and avocadoes, plus a new recipe inspired by our Mazatlán roots! We’ll also make her favorite Mazatlán Pueblo Bonito beach drink – the virgin piña colada – which pairs perfectly with these summer ceviches.
Recipes to be Made: Mango Tuna Ceviche Tostadas; Mango Habanero Hot Juice; Virgin Mango Piña Colada
Date: Tuesday July 20th Time: 6:30 PM CST Location:VIRTUAL! Watch on Instagram live or follow along on Zoom!
Details: Participate Via Zoom Meeting ID: 897 1018 4615 Passcode:MangoMania
Class Notes: There is some prep work needed for this class so check out Pre-Class Needs Photo on this post for all the details plus the full ingredient list you will need!
Class Description: This class is a no-BS introduction to the top ways to slice and dice a mango (visit this link for a sampling of cuts we may go over). We’re not into the cookie cutter method of doing things. We’ll meet you where you’re at based on your knife skills, mango varietals, and ripeness of the fruit to teach you how to hold your own while cutting your mangoes. We’ll have something for everyone, and we will even show you the advanced Mexican flower method! We will also whip up a few simple recipes putting all of our cuttings to good use (because we hate waste and love these recipes).
Recipes to be Made: Mango Puree; Mango Pico De Gallo; Mango Smoothie Freezer Packs
Date: Monday July 19th Time: 6:30 PM CST Location:VIRTUAL! Watch on Instagram live or follow along on Zoom!
Class Description: Get your kids in the kitchen to learn to make naturally sweetened mango popsicles. We will “kiddify” our usual mango education, showing them how to cut mangoes using “the mango hack” but stick around because your kids will need an adult present. (Trust us, you’ll probably learn something, too). Note: We don’t use much sugar in this class. The kids will undoubtedly love them just the way they are. Also, it doesn’t matter if you have popsicle molds or not (if not, any old [clean] ice cube tray or cleaned yogurt cups will do), but we do recommend buying an inexpensive set online. They are so much fun for kids, and it may encourage them to eat more fresh fruit.
Recipes to be Made: Mango & Coconut Dreamcicles; Strawberry-Mango Paletas
Date: Sunday, July 11th Time: 2:00 PM CST Location:VIRTUAL! Watch on Instagram live or follow along on Zoom!
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