Saturday, June 03, 2006
Simple Salsa and Other things
I have officially completed my first ever semester of University! I now have one week for study, followed by five exams spread over 9 days (the first of which is on a SATURDAY!) and then five whole weeks of holidays. Personally I actually think five weeks is over doing it but hey - what are you going to do? Anyway, what this means is that I will have lots more time to blog/read blogs/comment on blogs and I will be cooking lots more interesting things to share. Yay! To kick things off, I had a salsa for lunch today. I don't know the technical definition of salsa, nor have I ever eaten one, but I have seen a few recipes for mango salsa, which really appealed to me. Last week I got two really cheap mangos, as it is the very end of the season. One went into a smoothie and the other one has been patiently waiting in the fridge. Unfortunately the price of the mangoes was reflected in their rather sorry, bruised state, but I managed to get enough good bits. I studied a few different recipes then just threw something together, and it was good. All you americans suffering through extreme heat - I recommend you try! I didn't measure, so everything is estimated - alter to taste!
-flesh of one very small mango
-1/2 tomato, chopped fairly small (any kind you like - organic is best, of course)
-about 2 or 3 tbsp corn (fresh, tinned, frozen - I used tinned)
-about 1 or 2 tsp red or green capsicum (Bell pepper) chopped finely
-3/4 tsp fresh coriander (cilantro) chopped fine
-juice of half a small lemon
-1/8 tsp dukkah spice or cumin powder
-teeny tiny pinch cayenne pepper
Put everything in a bowl and mix well with a fork, mashing the mango up a bit. If I had a hand blender I would have stuck it in and given everything a quick mix up but I don't, so I didn't. Place bowl in the fridge for about 20 minutes (or more) so that flavours can combine and then serve with some coriander for garnish.
I made some pita chips while this was in the fridge by tearing a wholewheat mini-pita into chunks and sticking them in the oven for about 10 minutes - it went really well! Tasty and super good for you - the only fat I had was 0.3g in the pita!
Have a good day everyone and thanks for stopping by!