Mixed vegetables in coconut milk — with semi-ripe mangoes!


So, we're stuck with a couple of mangoes that are neither ripe nor sweet enough to eat by themselves. I don't want them to lie on the kitchen island forgotten because fruits attract fruit flies. You know about fruit flies, right? Two months ago, they came with the strong winds and even with no fruit in the house, they just … [Read more...]

Skewered green mangoes


Green mangoes are not a special variety of mangoes. They are simply unripe -- not to be confused with Alphonso (a.k.a.) Indian mangoes.On the dinner table, they are often chopped or grated, mixed with onions, tomatoes and bagoong (shrimp paste) to make a side dish with also doubles as a dipping sauce. … [Read more...]

How to make: Mango-ginger lassi


When Speedy said "mango-ginger", I have to admit that I was a bit apprehensive. Although I am used to combining fruits with spices (mostly, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves), I wasn't at all sure how the mango and ginger combination would work. Amazingly, mango and ginger did go well together. Mango lassi is good; mango-ginger … [Read more...]

How to make: Mango-lemon lassi

Mango-lemon lassi

Lassi is essentially a yogurt-based drink that contains spices. Question: if a drink contains yogurt, plus milk, and has no spices whatsoever, is it still a lassi? Giada de Laurentiis thinks and says so. I'm not so sure how correct she is in the strict sense (I don't add spices to my mango lassi either) but her mango-lime … [Read more...]

Kani salad spring rolls


Last November, Speedy's family commemorated his late father's birthday with a family dinner. It was a potluck affair and one of my sisters-in-law, Susan, ordered a couple of dishes from her caterer friend. One of those dishes was kani salad wrapped in rice paper. Delicious. Unusual. A fantastic conversation piece.Right … [Read more...]

How to make: Sago (tapioca pearls) and mango dessert


Common need not be boring. This very common Chinese dessert made with soft and chewy sago, pureed mangoes and coconut cream is a refreshing break from heavy cakes and pies. In Asia, sago can be bought cooked in many markets. If you can get your hands on cooked sago, then, this is a no-cook dessert. If not, you can buy dried … [Read more...]

How to make: Mango lassi

Mango lassi

Lassi is a popular drink in many South Asian countries. It is made with yogurt, milk and spices. The sweet version, often served cold, has fruits added. Mango lassi is the most well known among the many varieties of sweet lassi and it is also very popular in Singapore and Malaysia.It is easy enough to make mango lassi … [Read more...]

How to make: Kani salad


This recipe has been updated on August 6, 2009 @ 11.54 a.m.Fresh. Green. Bright. Juicy. These are words I associate with the summer. Philippine summers are either famous or notorious depending on how you look at it. We can swear all we want about the heat that can get terribly oppressive, yet, there is a part of us that … [Read more...]