Friday, May 20, 2011

Mango Mush

I have read that you can peel and cube a mango the same way as an avocado: cut around the center, lengthwise, run the knife around between the skin and the fruit, cut cubes within the shell, and turn them out of the shell. This doesn't work at all. My mangoes always stick the the giant pit, requiring me to saw at them and get mush. Does anyone know the trick?


This is the Greek scramble from Vegan Diner. Good but not fabulous. Maybe because I am not a fan of oregano.

This is the Tofu with Hoisin Mustard sauce from Appetite for Reduction. Delicious. As good as takeout but without all the grease and MSG. Next time I will add toasted cashews, although I guess then it would not be low calorie. Also the Potato Scallion Pancakes from the same book. These were okay. As you can see, there are no scallions in them. I had none and so used onion. Definitely would have been better with scallions.

Favorite Saturday morning pancakes. It was Thursday, but the kids had off for "Institute Day." These are light and fluffy and delicious despite containing no fat or eggs.

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

1 large ripe banana
1 1/4 cups vanilla soy milk
1 T vinegar
1 cup unbleached white flour
1 T sugar
2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/2 c chocolate chips

Mash banana well and stir in milk and vinegar. Add flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and stir briefly, just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Lightly oil a non-stick pan and preheat for 5 minute. Use a 1/4 cup measure (not quite full) to scoop the batter. Makes about 12 pancakes.


blessedmama said...

I laughed when I read about your mango troubles. I am the same way! For years I've seen diagrams in books on perfectly diced mangoes. You can see them diced in pre-packaged containers in the produce section of your store. But, to get that result at home? Nah. I usually got the mush you did, and even some of the hard fibers in my "cubes", then gave the pit to my oldest to gnaw on. This last time, I kept the peel on and sliced the two halves as usual. Then I sliced squares into the mango still attachhed to the peel, then crudely tried to slice them off. Eh, I saw it in pics, it was okay, not as mushy. We'll figure it out. There must be money in keeping that step a secret!

The Shenandoah Vegan said...

Yeah, that mango pit ruins everything!

Susan said...

I am a fan of the let-my-oldest-gnaw-on-the-pit technique, like blessedmama! I usually peel the skin, slice off what I can get easily and give her the pit, because she loved mango and doesn't mind gnawing on it to get all the mango goodness. Then I eat the few good slices with my son, ;).

Millie said...

I get that mush also, but no matter how you slice them, they are delicious.