#SmoothieNumbers 26: Turmeric Mango

Turmeric Mango Smoothie

A trendy, uber healthy ingredient with a long list of benefits, turmeric has a similar taste to ginger, but it’s not ginger. As a popular Indian spice, it pairs with sweet mango for a smoothie with a flavorful kick.
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Banana Mango Sorbet

Banana Mango Sorbet
Banana Mango Sorbet

Crazy people will go bananas for this sorbet. As I am going crazy because of a writer’s block. No stories come to mind. No exciting recent events. Perhaps, there are too many recipes that need to be posted in queue, for this sorbet was made weeks ago. The original story behind making this sorbet has long been forgotten. Read more

A Surprise Birthday Cake with Mango Cream Cheese Icing

A Surprise Birthday Cake with Mango Cream Cheese Icing

Cupcakes with Mango Cream Cheese Icing and Pistachio Crumb
Cupcakes with Mango Cream Cheese Icing and Pistachio Crumb

Here’s the truth. I suffered from severe nervous anxiety when making this cake for the boyfriend’s surprise party one Saturday. Initially, a nine-inch, two-layer cake was made. Then fears of running out of cake during the party increased, thus cupcakes were made that reduced those concerns. Worries still persisted, because the cakes had to be made when the birthday boy left the house for long periods of time. I was consumed with the coming up with logical excuses of why there’s a cake baking, in case he walked in the house unexpectedly. Plans were developed strategically, for cakes were hidden in neighbors’ houses. They were baked in the morning, so faint vanilla smells would dissipate by the evening. Cake dishes were washed, dried and put away to avoid suspicion.

Here’s a bit of advice when making food for a party: Always go with the most familiar recipe that has been proven error-free. For two years, this cake was made with chocolate icing. As a special surprise for this year, I wanted to change the icing to a cream cheese flavor. Adding to the audacity of the decision, the icing was made on the day of the event. Early in the morning, the cream cheese and butter was taken out of the refrigerator to soften to room temperature. Of course, they were hidden in pots and pans in the cabinets. A quick breakfast was made for the boyfriend as I patiently waited for him to leave the apartment for the day. We parted ways with a kiss, “See you tonight, hon.” I smiled sinisterly and wondered if he knew. Read more

Have a Berry Special Weekend

Have a Berry Special Weekend

Strawberry Mint Sorbet Garnished with Fresh Mint
Strawberry Mint Sorbet Garnished with Fresh Mint

The New York Botanical Garden has a gorgeous showcase called The Edible Garden. It’s an exhibit demonstrating how plants and their glorious bounty go straight to a table. Although in some dishes, they’ll take a detour in a kitchen. The exhibit started June 19 and it will end October 17. Several weekends will feature famous chefs, cooking demonstrations and garden classes. This week’s theme is berry special. I’ve also included recipes for a Strawberry Mint and a Mango Raspberry Sorbet to accompany this week’s theme. The strawberries and raspberries are from the farmer’s market, and the mint is from my urban pottery garden. The mangoes used in this recipe is a favorite variety called Champagne. It’s important to let them fully ripe to enjoy their sweetness. Please enjoy the show. Read more

Smoothie No. 7: Mango and Coconut Milk

Mango and Coconut Milk Smoothie
Mango and Coconut Milk Smoothie

Mango and Coconut Milk is no. 7 of the Smoothie Numbers series. They’re quick postings listing the ingredients for making refreshing, healthy drinks in a blender.

Mango and Coconut Milk Smoothie

Ingredients: 1-1/2 cups frozen mango; 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (the carton variety in the refrigerator section); 2 to 3 tbsp. Greek yogurt; 1 banana; and 1 to 2 tsp. honey