Friday, December 17, 2004
quick meals for the holiday deadlines
i explored an Indian market at the next town in search of amchur powder and dried pomegranate seeds for vegetable samosas. roaming up and down the aisles, i found a bin of crisp green HUGE mangoes...and decided to take a gamble and see if they tasted like the elusive piko supersour variety which grow in abundance in Luzon, especially my lola's home province of Bataan... they weren't quite the same but after salting and adding some calamansi juice it came pretty close:
green mango salad
shred finely a fresh green, peeled mango (discard seed) in the food processor. set in a colander over a bowl and sprinkle 1 tsp. of salt. let stand for 5 minutes. rinse and drain well and transfer to serving bowl. sprinkle 2 tsps. of your favorite fish sauce (i used Vietnamese), 1 tsp. of calamansi or lemon juice, 1 chopped plum tomato, and garnish with cilantro leaves.(sometimes i also add thinly sliced red onions). my favorite side dish for fried seafood!
tita purplegirl's lechon (hold the mang tomas!)