My weekend was quite busy. I worked on Friday night at a game. Since it was late, I ended up with my favorite fast food dinner. . . monster taco and curly fries from Jack In The Box. Yummm.
The Help and I sped off to Kona on Saturday afternoon, hoping to beat the closing time of a lighting store near Costco. We made it, but the store did not have what we needed. Now I need to decide what I'm going to do about my dining room lights. Currently, the lights I have are unusable.
I felt a little guilty about dragging The Help to Kona on his birthday, but he was nice about it. We ended up buying food for his birthday dinner. Costco is the only place I know of on the Big Island where you can buy prime beef. Costco parking lot was crazy, and the inside was just as bad. For the second trip in a row, I was unable to locate beef brisket. With the warm weather, I'd like to smoke a brisket soon. I meant to go back to the seafood kiosk for giant prawns, but by the time I remembered, I was out of the store and didn't have the gumption to brave the masses once again. Next time I will remember. I need to get my fill of crab, lobster, and shrimp before D1 gets home. I don't want to be party to tempting fate.
One thing which paid off this week was having leftover ham from the weekend. It was nice to come home, knowing dinner was gonna be easy. You can do lots of things with ham. I made chowder, quiche, and, of course b-f-d. I didn't bother cooking much this past weekend (remember the craft projects needed to be finished) so I won't be as lucky this week. I'm hoping Aloha Mondays will have something I can eat (no mustard or wasabi).
During the first part of spring break, I ordered a handful of craft books. Only 2 have arrived, so I've been diligently reminding The Help to stop off at the mailboxes daily. On one of the stops (I make him get the mail while D2 and I look for our friend the green anole), I noticed a bunch of small, unripe fruit on the mango tree in the backyard of the corner house. Later, when I looked at fb, I saw that a friend had posted a pic of pickled mango. I guess GREEN mango season is here.
I love green mango season even more than ripe mango season. While pickled mango makes a kick ass snack, my favorite mango snack is shredded mango. Making shredded mango is a bit more labor-intensive than pickled mango, but the results are definitely worth it. And with all the publicity about the shit that people find in imported preserves, making your own is the way to go.
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10-12 green mangoes, peel and slice in 1/4" thick strips
4 tbsp rock salt, divided
1 1/4 c turbinado (raw) sugar
1 lb brown sugar
1 tsp grated orange rind
1/4 tsp red gel food coloring
1 tsp 5-spice
In a large bowl, sprinkle mango strips with 2 tbsp rock salt. Toss gently. Cover and let sit overnight. Rinse mango strips and drain well. Place mango strips in large pot and add 2 tbsp rock salt, turbinado sugar, brown sugar, orange rind, food coloring, and 5-spice. Bring to a boil. Cook for 30 minutes on medium heat (gentle boil). Cool completely before packing.