I love mangoes.
They're a fruit that I associate with childhood and playing outside in the sunshine.
I grew up in Miami, FL and in our backyard we had grapefruit trees, orange trees, a huge supreme avocado tree that gave the best shade ever, and two glorious mango trees.
They were A-W-E-S-O-M-E.
I wish I had a photo to show you of my childhood stomping grounds, but I don't. :\
If we did something bad or didn't adhere to a rule, you knew you were going to get in big trouble--unless she had a mango. ;)
- Gotta give her a detention slip to sign? Give her a mango first.
- Didn't make your bed properly that morning and she saw? Give her a mango.
- You left the house without putting lotion on and spent the whole day looking all ashy and embarrassing in public? Give her a mango---she won't yell anymore after that.
"Giving her a mango" meant that right before you knew you were about to get in trouble you run real fast, go to the tree, pluck a mango, and at the moment you knew she was about to reprimand you, you say something along the lines of:
"Mummy look! A mango fell and I found it! You want it?"
You were good after that.
She would get excited and say something insignificant like "don't do that again" and off she went to go enjoy her mango.
Of course we we were only able to do that for a couple months out of the year but hey, from May to August mangoes saved us!
I ran across this recipe in a dessert book that my friend Sam gave to me and I instantly wanted it.
Grilled mangoes? Ch'yea!
I really loved this dessert---it was so refreshing and I loved the grilled taste on the mangoes. The coconut ice-cream mixture is delicious too! So good.
Enjoy it! :)
Grilled Mangoes with Coconut Ice-Cream from Great Tastes
- 2 cups of vanilla ice-cream, softened
- 1/2 cup of shredded coconut, toasted
- 2 large ripe mangoes
- 1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
- 1 lime halved
1. Mix the ice-cream and toasted coconut together in a bowl until combined and then put it back into the freezer until firm.
2. Preheat a barbecue flat-plate or grill to medium.
3. Cut two cheeks off of each mango and sprinkle them with the sugar. (The cheeks are the 2 fleshy parts of he mango at the sides).
4. Put the mango flesh side down on the grill for 2-4 minutes until the sugar has caramelized. Take off the heat, drizzle with lime juice and serve with the coconut ice-cream.
**Note** The recipe calls for it to be served warm, but I liked it a million times more when the mangoes were cooled. I just stuck it back in the fridge for like 30 minutes before I ate it.