Felt like I was transported to a tropical paradise for lunch. My palate and I couldn’t wait to devour a sweet, tart and mouth-watering serving of mango salsa. My protein of choice was heart-healthy salmon.
This omega acid fish was seared on both sides in a drizzle of olive oil. Then a lime-butter sauce was spooned on. Chopped olives and capers were used for topping. Servings of steamed Jasmine rice along with garlic-flavored asparagus completed my tropical dish.
I guess island life was on my mind when I embarked on cooking supper earlier on. I’m not a huge lover of mango; however, I do like same in a salsa or drink. I got this golden/yellow one that I placed in the refrigerator to stop the ripening process. Having a few ingredients on hand like jalapeno, tomatoes, limes, avocado, etc., I decided to make me a mango salsa my style.
With a little dicing and cutting, I assembled my ‘sunshine’ in a margarita glass. This was placed in refrigerator for chilling.
Chicken thighs were marinated overnight with a drizzle of canola oil so as to hold seasoning. Then salt, black pepper, grated onion, crushed garlic, thyme, and of course jerk sauce were added. marinated chicken thighs were brought to room temperature. Then, thighs were dried with paper towel and brushed with olive oil. On hot grill over medium to high heat, thighs were grilled for approximately five minutes per side so as to seal in flavors and visible marks.
After brushing chicken with a blend of jerk sauce, honey, balsamic vinegar, this was placed in oven at 390 degrees for roasting for another thirty minutes.
Grilled jerk chicken thighs were served with roasted sweet potato wedges along with mango salsa. The combination was quite spectacular. The flavors were huge. The ingredients in the salsa yielded a sweet, tart, slight spicy finish. And of course, the sweet and crispy sweet potatoes wedges provided a sweet counter-balance to the spicy jerk chicken.
One of the beauties of spring is that it brings us the blossoming trees. And one of them is the mango tree. It seems like yesterday I observed this specimen laden with breath-taking blossoms frolicking in the breezes. Now, these blossoms have given way to firm, green immature fruits hanging from the branches.
Just beholding them takes me back to my roots as a girl running wild and barefoot on the outskirts in my domain, Jamaica. Our family had a couple of mango trees in our back yard. We called them ‘blackie’ and ‘hairy’ mangoes. These mangoes were very sweet and juicy to the taste buds. My dear mom was a great lover of mangoes. She could consume a considerable amount at any sitting. The bruised and the firm ones were devoured equally.
Early in the morning, we would be awakened by the weakened stems of these delicious fruits. You see, a few of the branches hanged over our roof. Subsequently, when they fell they would produce a raucous on the roof. Me and my siblings had a ball. We would scamper to fetch them before the birds had their way with them.
Oddly, I’m not a big lover of mangoes in their natural form unless they are reconstituted with other ingredients. For instance, I love a refreshing fruit drink with an a hint of mango. Or, I love to incorporate mangoes and make a spicy salsa. With the addition of jalapeno, bell peppers,tomatoes, cilantro and of course avocado, I know I’ll be taken over the moon.
So guys, feast your eyes on these beautiful specimens, in a few months, I’ll be having my way with them. Hmmm, without a doubt, I’ll be brought back to my island home. Yeah mon!