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01 June 2004 @ 08:54 pm
Mangoes, and other food babble...  
I remember when I was young, about ten or eleven, summer always meant the start of mango season. Almost everyone in Hawaii had a mango tree and during the summer, neighbors and co-workers would go around giving each other shopping bags filled with mangoes... We had so many mangoes one year that my Mom bought another small refrigerator just to store them all. :) I always loved it, though because it meant mango bread and pickled mango for weeks. :)

Recently, it seems that no one has mango trees here anymore. :( Rare are the times when mangoes are given out - to anyone. Today, our back office staff came in to work to find a HUGE box of mangoes with a thank you note attached. One of our reps, who we've been helping all of last week, owns a mango farm and was nice enough to bring some in for us. :) We were all so excited, because a mango here has become as sought after as gold. ;)

Which reminds me - my in-laws brought back some VERY interesting things for us from their recent trip to Japan. Among the candies and the pastry type things, they brought back a Hokaido potato in a vacuum-packed bag WITH the butter already on it! They also brought back a bag of chocolate covered freeze dried corn... One wonders what goes through the mind of the people who market this! I have to admit that the chocolate covered corn wasn't as horrendous as some would think. It ended up tasting like a Nestle crunch bar... sort of... And for Mark - fried cheese... I know it's been a while since I've been to Japan, but really...

I've probably spent this entire post talking about food because I can't eat any... I'm still trying to stay on my healthy food kick. See what happens when I diet - my entries are only about food. ;)
Current Mood: hungryhungry
Care: smilecareleswhisper on June 2nd, 2004 12:44 am (UTC)
I'm looking to lose some weight too. Even though I don't think you need to lose weight, you are not alone. :)
Sheri: Kate Monstershutterbug93 on June 2nd, 2004 01:04 am (UTC)
Thanks Carrie. :) The first week for me on a new diet is the hardest. I start to crave all kinds of food... I think that's the stage I'm in now. ;) If I can make it past this stage, I'll be okay. :)
karmastyx: Laura- animatedkarmastyx on June 2nd, 2004 12:47 am (UTC)
Mango's huh? The mango bread sounds yummy! It sounds like the avocados here in Cali. We had an avocado tree, but Tommy pulled it out (it was still a sapling). I can't eat them anyway... I'm allergic. That and they seem too slimy.
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on June 2nd, 2004 01:06 am (UTC)
My Mom makes a great mango bread. :) And it may sound awful, but my auntie makes a pickled mango that is out of this world. :) I think avocados are the equivalent in CA. :) I seem to see them all over the markets there and when I lived there everyone seemed to grow them in their backyard.
karmastyx: Laura- animatedkarmastyx on June 2nd, 2004 12:47 am (UTC)
I like your animated icon too. :) It is cute!
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on June 2nd, 2004 01:08 am (UTC)
Thanks Laura! :)
Was I in it?: smile!alligatorandme on June 2nd, 2004 01:58 am (UTC)

...yeah, that's all I had to say. ;-)
Sheri: Stephanie & Kate Monstershutterbug93 on June 2nd, 2004 09:15 am (UTC)
I haven't had a mango in a very long time so this should be a treat. :) Mango bread is great too, but too many calories. :P
Kananigirl: goldewoynkananigirl on June 2nd, 2004 04:32 am (UTC)
You know that is so true...no one gives out mangos anymore. You gotta know someone with a Mango tree and I don't anymore. Yeah, some friend. :-P

2 of my aunties has a mango tree, but I don't think it has any fruit, well she doesn't give us any.

Mango bread sounds so good about now.
Sheri: Side Showshutterbug93 on June 2nd, 2004 09:18 am (UTC)
My Mom still has a mango tree in her back yard, but after 30 plus years, the poor thing doesn't bear fruit anymore. :( My fondest memories of my mango tree was climbing it when I was young - they make the best climbing trees! :)

I'll have to ask my Mom for her mango bread recipe - it's so delicious! :)
Mrs Beanshuman_beans on June 2nd, 2004 07:42 am (UTC)
I haven't had a mango since I left the islands. Can you believe it? You can buy them in the grocery store for some insane amount -- I could never see paying for one because I too was used to them being major surplus. They're like zucchini are here -- and my buddy Jean likes to say, "If you have to buy zucchini, it means you don't have any friends."

I love pickled mango! Or I did, don't know if I still do.
Sheri: Familyshutterbug93 on June 2nd, 2004 09:23 am (UTC)
Once, when I lived in Santa Barbara, I was craving a mango so much that I went to the market and bought a tiny shriveled thing labeled "mango" in the store. :P It was SO expensive and SO not the same! :(

And that's so funny about the zucchini - I guess each area has its own special crop.

Pickled mango is the best - not the one with the red coloring, but the clear one with tons of li hing mui - my mouth is watering just thinking about it. I wonder when the next time my Mom is going to Hilo? She always brings some back from my auntie. :)
irisheyes77 on June 2nd, 2004 07:42 am (UTC)
Chocolate covered corn? That sounds so weird! Of course, Oreida puts out a frozen french fry that is covered in chocolate as well, so I guess there must be a market for chocolate covered vegetables.
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on June 2nd, 2004 09:27 am (UTC)
Haha! :) I've never seen the chocolate covered french fries in our markets yet - that seems really odd too. I really love chocolate and vegetables are my favorite thing, but the two together? :P Too weird! :)
terramera on June 3rd, 2004 01:21 am (UTC)
Oh I'm craving green mango with shoyu and vinegar, and pickled mango..mmm, can't wait to drive around and buy pickled mango from those road side vendors.

There seems to hardly be any mangos though, maybe because I don't really know anyone with mango trees anymore. Oh and lychee season! Too bad my uncle forgot to prune the tree last year. I'm so craving lychee. I saw them at daiei the other day and it was almost $4.50 a pound!! =o
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on June 4th, 2004 08:58 am (UTC)
You know, I just tried green mango and shoyu for the first time yesterday at work - and it was very interesting! :D But I love pickled mango, that's my favorite way to eat mango - YUM! :)

We used to have a lychee tree as well - and my in-laws still have one. I can't imagine having to buy them at the market - that's way too expensive!!
WE ALL NEED A SENSE OF HUMORbeam861 on June 3rd, 2004 09:08 am (UTC)
I like mangos too! Your entry made me hungry! I have been eating really bad! I need to start eating healthy again! Chocolate covered corn..hmm. I have had fried cheese, it is usually breaded and deep fried, and served warm as an appetizer, I have also had it unbreaded, Yep we MIers are an unhealthy fat bunch! What did you think of the fried Cheese? I don't think I would like it cold.
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on June 4th, 2004 09:01 am (UTC)
Your fried cheese sounds a lot better than the fried cheese that we got from Japan! The one that we got were sticks - that were dehydrated and fried and didn't have the taste or texture of cheese to me... I think I would love your version of fried cheese, though! :)
morsefanmorsefan on June 4th, 2004 11:12 am (UTC)
Hi! I have so many "young folk" on my journal, that I decided to add a few thirtysomethings (like myself). I usually don't add that much, and I've been writing some oddish entries recently (please forgive), but I could see that your journal was both well written and about things I would probably enjoy seeing on my friends list. So, I've gone ahead and added you. I hope you'll do the same! Cheers!
Sheri: Stephanie & Kate Monstershutterbug93 on June 5th, 2004 12:34 am (UTC)
Hi! Thanks for adding me, I've just added you too. I look forward to getting to know you through your journal. Thanks for commenting!
Smithasmittenbyu on June 4th, 2004 09:49 pm (UTC)
he hehe..now I am all hungry! :) Catching up with posts...

We are enjoying the Indian Mango season... yum yum... my favorite fruit.

Nice icon... where did you get it? :)
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on June 5th, 2004 12:36 am (UTC)
Mmmm - reminds me that I have to cut the mango in my refrigerator this weekend - I'm really looking forward to it. :)

And I made my icon here: