In my head, I am singing the song from the opening of Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style, just to give you a glimpse of how strange I am.
But I really am going to talk about summer. As you may be aware, Andy and I are kind of, um, obsessed with mango season. This year we mainly missed out, though, which was terribly disappointing. The first Bowen mangoes were for sale the day before Andy left for PNG. I was still home for a week, so we bought a tray. Of course, they didn't ripen until just before I left, so I put them in the dehydrator and they turned out well, and we were looking forward to getting lots more mangoes when we came home and stockpiling dried mango.
Then we came home. We went to the market, and got a big bucket of Bowen mangoes for $8. We dried some, but also ate lots. For other aussies, these are sold as Kensington Pride outside of North Queensland, and they are one of the best varieties of mango around, I think. That week, as we chowed down on our bucket of mangoes, we got loads of rain. When we got to the market the following Sunday, empty bucket just waiting to be filled, there was not one Bowen mango in sight. What?! We asked a few growers and they said the crop had been lost in the weather. So we got some nam doc mai mangoes instead. And that was the end of Bowen mango season. 1 tray, 1 bucket - a pretty pathetic year, compared to our usual effort!
However, this post isn't just a whinge about our lack of mangoes. We did try a new (to us) asian variety. I can't remember the name, which is an indication of how memorable it was. They took almost two weeks to ripen, and even then they were only semi ripe. Whether they were picked too early, or that's just how that variety of mangoes is, it was not good. But as the saying goes, when life hands you green mangoes, make green mango salad.
That's what we did. With peanuts, and a sweet-lime-soy dressing, and cucumber and shredded carrot, and kaffir lime leaves and lemon myrtle. It was really yummy, actually. And we had it with a mixture of peanut noodles + zoodles (zucchini shredded into noodle-ish strips). It was a good summery meal. It's just a shame it was one of the only mango meals we got all year.