MANGOES

A few days ago, I visited a good friend of mine. When I ventured on the rear of the yard, to my delight I was greeted with a tree laden with these tropical fruits. These mangoes brought back childhood memories that made my heart warm a bit. You see, my dear mom was a great lover of these delights.She could sit and devour several of these sweet, juicy and refreshing fruits.

Of course, being from the tropics mango trees were and are still very popular. As a child, I can remember hopping across my neighbor’s picket fence in order to secure that flavorful and colorful specimen. Oh, I had to watch out for those four-footed friends Imagemany a times.

I’ve a few ideas. These juicy and sweet mangoes will be transformed into a cool and refreshing drink. I’ll incorporate ginger, fresh lemon and orange juice. I’ll definately reserve a portion for a great mango salsa. This salsa will certainly aid in my spicy jerk wings. Yum, yum!

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BUTTER….THE NEW WEIGHT LOSS TREND?

There we go again, once again, the so-called studies have shown that our smooth and delicious, butter can help in the area of weight management. Okay, there’s a catch; the butter will have to be consumed with our good ole morning beverage, coffee along with coconut oil.

I don’t know, I’m a ‘sucker’ to try almost anything new in the name of food science, and maybe, I’ll check out the combination. Who knows? But, for heaven’s sake, I hope I don’t like it. You see, I prefer to have my butter on my hot carbs like crackers, pasta and bread. I like to see my butter slowly melt on a toasty English muffin. I like the way it gradually integrates into all the little crevices. Just penning about it makes my mouth salivates. And, as for my coconut oil, I’ll continue to cook with it.

Guys, it’s all about balance. I’m glad I didn’t abandon my dear butter. I shall continue enjoying it as I used to. So much with their new found fat loss.

As always, be good to your loved ones as well as your beautiful palates.

JAVA PRICE HIKE

OMG!! Say it isn’t so. Once again, coffee prices will be going up. The press has announced that Dunkin Donuts and Folgers will be asking for a 9% increase for their product. Other companies will be following suit. They blame it on the infection of coffee beans from overseas.

Now, what are we java drinkers going do?  Clearly, they have us by the ‘beans’. Serious coffee drinkers got to have their bean high. Coffee has these amazing properties that aid in our alertness and clarity on a daily basis.  I can clearly remember my earlier years in the office in Jamaica where I couldn’t  focus without a couple cups of the java in the early morn. And, a couple more in the afternoon. Back in those days, it was the strong Blue Mountain brand with the potent beans coming from the Blue Mountain peaks of the island. I do believe that Starbucks carry the brand in their collection. Over the years, I’ve learned to mix it up with an alternate consumption of tea.

I just did my morning workout on the outskirts. I do believe it’s time. It’s time for that special cup of medium dark goodness.By the way, this morn, it’s Maxwell House. I don’t discriminate…I like to mix up my brands. I’ll drizzle in a few teaspoons of whole milk and sip my way to goodness while I view Kelly and Michael Live. Oh, those two are peas in a pod!

This hike will not stop me and the millions from indulging in that smooth and satisfying goodness. The trouble is the powers that be are conscious of our cravings. Needless to say, life is goooood!.

CRANBERRY/PUMPKIN SURPRISE ON A RAINY JUNE MORN

My morn has begun with the sounds of nature. After all, it’s the rainy season here in the sunshine state of Florida. Of course, on this precipitous day, there’s no sign of my golden sunshine; and, I live for that. Clearly, I’ve to abandon my morning jog on the outskirts.

Guys, I don’t know about you, but, when it rains, I become super ravenous. Therefore, I know for sure that I’ve to feed the need. As I did a few yoga stretches on the carpet,my brain worked on overdrive. Without a doubt, I know I’ve to make myself something really comforting. Somehow, I knew the Cherrios and blueberries were not ‘going be sufficient for this appetite of mine.

On my counter, there and behold were some speckled ripe bananas. They were calling my name. Funny enough, whenever I see and think about  speckled bananas, they bring me back to my childhood. Dear mom didn’t allow anything to go in the waste. She always found a way to transform them into amazing and delicious dishes.

As I gathered my bananas, I visited my pantry and whoa, there was a canned pumpkin from last Thanksgiving. All of a sudden, my rainy day became a little brighter as I grabbed my leftover cranberry from the freezer. I had a plan! Immediately, I rinsed my cranberries and placed them in a sauce pan with a splash of orange juice and a few teaspoon sugar.

As my cranberries simmered on low heat, I proceeded to put my dry ingredients (whole wheat flour, cinnamon, salt, sugar, etc.) together. I decided to make a combination loaf of pumpkin, ripe bananas loaf. All I needed was a little melted butter. After all the ingredients were folded, I toss in a few raisins and baked in oven at 350 degrees until that dear loaf called my name.

It didn’t take long for my cranberries to be tenderized. I divided the sticky beautiful wonder into two parts. I added icy cold water to one part along with a few pieces of chopped ginger and blended. I then sweetened with sugar.

The other portion of cranberries was further simmered down to a sauce-like consistency. “Excellent spread, I purred.” Ahh, this was very tart and sweet. I used this as a delicious spread for my pumpkin/banana loaf.

It was time to fling my drapes apart by my sliding door facing the water. As I watched the ducks waddled their tails on the water, I knew that they are happy campers. And, so was I. As I cut into  my warm and delicious loaf, I knew for sure that my palate was very satiated. Oh, I love the rain!