Mango Salsa & WIN a ‘Mango Blue’ Tote Bag!


It’s Mango Season again and I just made my first 2010 batch of Zingy Mango Salsa – with ripe mangos fresh from a tree right outside artist, Rosie Brown’s Miami home! Every year at this time, I remember how incredible a fresh mango tastes!

I’ve been so entrenched in creating custom bag designs for boutiques and getting them produced and out to eco-fashionistas that I missed this year’s Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden! Know I missed all kinds of exotic tasting and mango festivities so am now creating my own little mango festival. I’ll be giving away a Mango Blue Tote Bag during July. Drawing is on July 24th, winner to be announced right here on the blog! AND, for anyone that does not already have my Zingy Mango Salsa recipe, here’s the link. ENJOY and if you have a favorite mango recipe to share, please post it in the comments section! I’d love to try some different varieties and all kinds of mango recipes!

SIGN UP HERE TO WIN THIS ‘MANGO BLUE’ TOTE BAG

or, if you absolutely have to own it now, it’s on SALE here.

Happy Mango Season!

Wine, Food and Art pairing (South Florida)

photo: Schnebly Winery
Just read the latest Schnebly Winery newsletter and they’ve included an article on the annual “Dinners in Paradise” at Gabrielle Marewski’s Paradise Farms. This is a lovely, local, organic farm that’s renowned among top Miami chefs for providing the best in microgreens, heirloom tomatoes, herbs, edible flowers and more.

This season Paradise Farms is donating 16 Ready to Grow garden beds to 16 public schools through The Education Fund for their Plant a Thousand Gardens Collaborative Nutrition Initiative.

photo: Paradise Farms/Miami Victory Gardens

Schnebly Winery provided the dry Avocado Wine and their signature Category 3 Hurricane Vino for the Common Roots art exhibition that I co-curated with Arts At St Johns and I’m a definite fan of the Avocado Wine… surprisingly similar to a delicate chablis!

Paradise Farms is normally a private space, but during the “Dinners In Paradise”, you have the opportunity to come in, take a tour, enjoy a delicious meal and help a charity all at the same time!

WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH ART?

It all relates. My art and custom designs are all about sharing the magic of nature’s energy. We are what we eat, drink and believe. There’s magic, memories, and balance in growing a garden, harvesting your very own vegetables and fruits and then preparing them and ideally, sharing a meal with friends and family. Bonus: here’s my Zingy Mango Salsa recipe!

Zingy Mango Salsa Recipe


A colorful dish of delightful flavors – ideal with summer cocktails
on the patio, beach or boat!

4 large ripe mangos* sliced and chopped to 1/4 inch chunks (plus mushy parts)
4 ripe plum tomatoes, chopped to 1/4 inch chunks
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1-2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh ginger root
1-2 small, but fiery red jalapeno peppers – finely chopped
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
1/4 cup finely chopped cucumber (sking and seeds removed)

optional: 2 or 3 large ripe peaches – also finely chopped
whole cilantro leaves without stems for garnish

Chia Head Shrek & Mango 16 x 12 open edition printChia Head Shrek & Mango

TOOLS
a good peeling and chopping knife
a large glass bowl for mixing – you may want to serve in this as well
bowl or container for peelings (makes great compost for your garden)

*4 good sized, ready-to-be-eaten Mangos (from your favorite tree or market). Here in Miami, the Florida ‘Haden’ is usually readily available and I believe these are one of the most popular varieties sold in supermarkets. If you can fine “Nam Doc Mai” Thailand mangos, these would make an exceptionally sweet and aromatic salsa. Good to use all of the same kind, but mixing 2 different kinds of mangos can create a unique flavor to this dish.

Prepare at least 2 hours ahead of serving time. Serve at room temperature with scoop shaped corn chips. Salsa is also an excellent marinade/condiment to fish or chicken dishes.

Recipe makes about 3 cups (4 if you add the peaches)
Yum… just typing this out has my mouth watering. ENJOY!  

MANGO Blue Tote Bag SALE – click here!

 

 

 

17th Annual International Mango Festival this weekend!

JULY 11 and 12, 2009 – time for one of my favorite events of the summer. The annual Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Just writing about it brings visions of all kinds of colorful and delicious, mangos from around the world. There are mango tastings, mango brunch (already sold out!), mango smoothies, cream puffs, wonderful new recipes and the delightfully entertaining, Mango auction  hosted by Dr. Richard J. Campbell, Senior Curator of Tropical Fruit. All guaranteed to make you forget how hot and humid Miami can be at this time of year and remember how amazing it is to experience this incredibly magical 83 acre tropical garden!
I’ll be there Sunday morning, helping out in Mango Tree Sales (unless they sell out on Saturday!)

To further celebrate my favorite festival, MANGO BLUE Tote Bag is on SALE for the rest of JULY! Order yours today and save 30% off the regular price. 

photo: Paul Andre Photography. model: Diane Mooney

“Ripe” and “Spring Mango Blossom” art at Mango Festival

Here are a few fabulous artworks that will also be on display during this coming weekend’s

Mango Art Exhibition at the 16th Annual Mango Festival at

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Miami.

Mango, a watercolor painting by Terry Mulrooney 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Ripe” and “MANGO”

by award winning watercolorist, Terry Arroyo Mulrooney 

To see larger images click on RIPE and MANGO.

Spring Mango Blossom, an original oil painting by Marcelle Zanetti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Spring Mango Blossom” click title for larger view

oil painting by Marcelle Zanetti
“Large-scale, realistically inspired, distillations of tropical landscapes” 

In addition to Mulrooney and Zanetti, Sylvia Bota, Debra Cortese, Julio J. Figueroa, Pauline Goldsmith, Bobbi Headder, Leonardo Hernandez, Kit Kimball, Lynda Lynch LaRocca, Robin Lawrie, Elsa Nadal, Nettie Belle Robinson, Barbara A. Tejada, Beth Werner and Jedda Wong are sharing their Mango Art in as many styles and interpretations of this fabulous fruit as you can imagine… something for every taste and budget.

The Mango Art Show will be in the Gallery at Fairchild on Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13. Hours are from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm each day.

SAVE $20 ON FRAMING FOR YOUR NEW MANGO ART AT FRAMES USA. 

 

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Zingy Mango Salsa Recipe

Mango Salsa on the Patio - a nature\'s energy photopainting by Debra Cortese
More Mango talk… guess I get a bit carried away on some projects, but am still enjoying this one and it has already taken on a life of its own. Pauline Goldsmith, a fabulous botanical artist, friend and fellow Fairchild Garden volunteer has curated a Mango Art Exhibition for this year’s annual Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. I’ll have 3 of the Making Mango Salsa series artworks on display in this show and this week plan to have all of them available for purchase online. Will let you know when they’re ready! In the meantime, you can see most of the series on my New Work page. Sign up for my occassional newsletter and special offers and you will instantly get a copy of my Zingy Mango Salsa Recipe – the same one that’s the culmination of the Making Mango Salsa series.

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