In my garden, there is always something new blooming and there’s always a new fruit in season to bring home from the Farmer’s Market or the Supermarket, or your neighbor’s tree. Right now mangoes abound. You can find them in any market.
Do you need to wake up and smell the coffee? Or slow down and smell the roses?? This lemonade will handle it all.
I swear, you’ll never be the same after you taste this mango lime-lemonade! It is my personal prediction that you may never again buy lemonade, and you’ll probably never order it in a restaurant again.
But I don’t know. Let’s test my theory.
How easy can it be? Pretty easy. A little messy, but easy. So roll up your shirt sleeves and go for it.
MANGO LIME-LEMONADE2 limes, squeezed (seeds removed)2 lemons, squeezed (seeds removed) (OR you can use 4 lemons or 4 limes if that’s what you have…)
1 ripe mango (for great instructions on how to cut a mango, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvLdPjpElyu. Squish the mango pit and get all the goodies from that as well. Nobody tells you that. :–) ). Probably ’cause it’s messy…
4 c. waterA little aguave, honey or sugar. Not much!!! Sweeten to taste. I used just a little more than 1/4 c. of aguave and it was just right, on the tart side, which is how we like it.Ice!
Ok, squeeze the lemons and limes into a cuisinart, blender, or vita mix. Add fresh mango. Puree and mix. Pour into a pitcher. Add water and 1/4 c. aguave. Then mix and see where you stand on the sweet scale. Add a little more sweetener of your choice if necessary. The sweetener required is less than you think, because the mango is naturally sweet, which is the whole idea! Drink natural sugar when possible, and drink fresh, un-messed-with juices.
Drink up! I served it to family and guests and it got thumbs up all around!
Let me know if you’re joining my “I’ll Never BUY Lemonade Again Club.”
My favorite kind of Asheville Morning… it’s raining gently as we wake up, wrapping the mountains in mist. All the colors are soft, the day starts in an easy way and life is good….
Soon, the sun will come out and diamonds will be everywhere. I’ll have to visit the glistening jewel-laden blueberry bushes in just a little while….
Mango Blackberry Lime Sorbet
Yesterday I made Mango Blackberry Lime Sorbet — Heaven on a spoon! Making fresh sorbet is my favorite simple way to use ripe and ready summer fruits.
Preferably, use a combination of fruits where one is sweeter and others are more tart. Mangoes are very sweet right now. Blackberries a little less sweet. Limes, of course are tart. A perfect combination.
Mango Blackberry Lime Sorbet
2 large Mangoes, peeled, chunked a bit. See directions below for “How To Cut A Mango.”
About 1 cup fresh blackberries, preferably from somebody’s local patch
1 Lime, squeezed — and make lime zest, too, and throw into the mix. Use a fine grater, microplane or zester tool. Get only the green part of the skin, not the white pith.
Put everything in a cuisinart (for slightly chunky sorbet option, which is my favorite) — or a blender (for smooth and blended sorbet).
Mix and taste. Add honey or aguave to taste. You don’t need much, if any. Don’t over-sweeten — it will hide the taste of the fruit. You want the taste of the fruit to be front and center.
How To Cut A Mango
Smoosh the pit in your hand to get all the good stuff — get it all! Nobody in a how-to video tells you to do that, but this part is the most fun (and by far the messiest!!). The pit is a bit like a slippery bar of soap, but go for it. Not exactly something you’d want to do with 8 kids at a birthday party!!! Well, maybe….! They would be entertained for hours!
For an excellent and simple chef’s video on how to cut a mango, go here .
…went down to the blueberry bushes to hoist an owl up on a very tall lookout post. We weren’t sure how to get the darn owl up there to scare the crows and other feathered folks away from the ripening blueberries. But we thought we could do it.
Such silly girls…
Oh, I see!!! The pole bends!
We Have Lift Off
Actually, it’s even worse. The plastic pole lifts off the metal stake (a bit hard to see in the photo)!!!
Don’t we feel silly….
We feel a little silly, but hey, we figured it out!
Now go away crows and find your dinner somewhere else!
Listen up, city dwellers! You may need to know this someday. Calling all country folks! You may already know this….
What do snakes and blueberries have to do with each other?
Hint: How do you keep the birds from eating all your blueberries?
Ah, do you see it? Birds love berries, but are afraid of snakes. Put fake rubber snakes all over your blueberry bushes, and the word is that birds are generally not brave enough to come steal the berries. That’s the theory. We’ll let you know how abundant (i.e. protected) the crop is as the season progresses.
Right now, the new crop is just coming and it’s beautiful. We might all look blue ourselves by the end of the summer.
Below is a photo of what we picked yesterday. For now, forget a recipe. Wash them and eat them. Or if you’re feeling extra decadent, add raw cream and a cup of tea.
By later in the summer, we will need recipes. But for now, they are such a treat that eating them straight off the bush is good enough for me.
They say there a LOTS of blackberries on this property…..
Bye, gotta go hunting!
…I went to the spa. I stopped working. I put down the box and the tissue paper and the scrub brush and the telephone. I got in my car, drove to the nearest Spa, and I enjoyed the treatment called “Ancient Bathing Ritual.”
I got into this very tub with alternating and rotating hydro jets galore. A goddess poured a pitcher of milk and honey and bubbles into the bath.
About ten minutes after I settled in, another heavenly creature came in and gave me a 20 minute scalp massage.
And then the heavenly creature ushered me into a quiet room where everything is soft and muted, the music is beautifully transcendent and the blankets are the kind you want to take home. She gave me a full body, full hour massage.
Basically, she turned me into homemade butter.
That experience has pretty much removed all vocabulary from my brain. Can’t write all that well, can’t really think, and what’s even better, I don’t even care.
On the way home (was I really driving???) Il Divo’s private concert may have sent me straight to heaven. From all indications, I might still be there.
Ok, now give me that box to fill. I’m ready.
On second thought, how about a cup of tea first?
When are we getting to Asheville? Don’t really know… we’ll get there when we do I guess.