Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Story of the Glorious Mango

The Glorious Mango

Once there was a little green mango sitting in his tree wondering what happened to all his friends who turned orange and suddenly disappeared. He didn't want to turn orange but he couldn't stop himself no matter how much he would say to himself "stay green, stay green".

He kept growing and growing and growing. First, his greeness had a bit of yellow showing. Then, more yellow and more. Then, the yellow started to turn orange and then other parts of his skin turned red where the sun hit.

Mango in his Mother's Arms

He started to get real nervous and couldn't sleep well at night. Besides all the slight murmurs of the birds nesting in his mother's branches, he could hear things falling to the ground. But he couldn't see what was falling from where he sat.

Then one day, a weird looking object came by him and plucked him from his mother's arms. He didn't know what was happening or where he was being taken. Next thing he knew, he was somewhere he had never been to before. There was no wind blowing thru this area. He was surrounded by his other mango friends so he was happy...for the time being.

Mango and his other Mango Pals

He noticed that a few of his friends would be gone. And then more, and then more. Until one day... EEEEEeeeeeekkkkk! Okay, I can't continue on with this crazy story b/c now I can see where's it's going and it'll sound like Mango Murder.

Mango on the Chopping Block...EEEeeekkk!

My neighbor has a HuGe mango tree in his yard. Throughout the day and night, our house sounds like a war zone with heavy ThuDs onto our poor old roof. Anyhoo, with all these Mangos---glorious mangos---Jimmy and I have been making Mango Bread. Between the two of us, we've cranked out 24 loaves of Delicious Mango Bread.

Mango Bread...Onolicious!

I'm going to ShaRe with you, not the Mangos, but the Mango Bread recipe which is "Ono"licious (aka "Delicious" in Hawaiian). Here it is:

Mango Bread
* 2 cups flour
*2 teaspoons Baking Soda
*2 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
*1 1/4 cup Sugar
*1/2 cup shredded coconut
*1/2 cup chopped nuts (macadamia, walnuts, pecans, etc.)
*2 cups chopped ripe mangos
*3/4 cup canola oil (or vegetable oil)
*3 eggs, beaten
*2 teaspoons vanilla
Other Optional Additions: chocolate chips, raisins. (we're going to try adding some banana next time and see how that turns out)

Okay, this is THEE Easiest Recipe you will find.

Combine the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl---I normally sift it all together so that the baking soda doesn't bunch up and ruin the flavor; add in the sugar, coconuts, nuts, and All the other remaining ingredients; Mix well by Hand. Pour this delicious batter into greased and floured pans. We've been using the approx. 3 x 5 inch tinfoil pans and baking at 350 Degrees for 45 - 50 minutes. It's done when the "toothpick" inserted into the middle comes out clean.

That's it. See how easy. This is hands down one DeliCiouS Mango Bread! Everyone LoVes it.

The End?


sheasy said...

This sounds like HEAVEN!!!!

I can't wait to try this. YUM.

Alice said...

I'm jealous. Big time. When I lived in Kenya, that's all I ate.

And I think my friend Todd supplied me with my favorite mango visual. He'd sit under the mango tree with his local elders and at the end of the day, old guy said, "It was a good day. Six mangoes fell."

Bobbi's Book Nook said...

Wow - what grow zone are you in? I would love to grow mangos! Your recipe looks yummy!

Rachel said...

ohhh, mango bread sounds SO good! (My favorite part of the mango is the seed.. I can suck the flavor off that thing all day.)

jen said...

really...there is something else wonderful to do with mangos? (besides just eat them...)
how lucky are you?


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