Thursday, June 26, 2008

ataulfo admiration

I am hooked on ataulfo mangoes! I never really thought about different mango varieties until a friend had me pick up some ataulfos to go with sticky rice that she was making. They are smaller, less fibrous, and more custardy than the regular green/orange ones that you always see (are those haden mangoes?). They must be in season right now. I picked up a box of about 20 for seven bucks at Vinh Phat and I can't stop eating them. And really, why should I? I think that lychees and jackfruit are in season, too. I've never tried either fresh. Lychees are shipped from China so they're really expensive.
Speaking of in season, squash blossoms are. I got a big bag of them for a dollar yesterday and decided to make tacos. I just winged the recipe and they turned out pretty good. I sauteed them in oil first.
There is some early corn at the farmer's market so I made a salad with that, greens, red onion, and cotija cheese. And a cilantro and lemon dressing.
The tacos (with Mi Abuelita tortillas, of course) had squash, cotija cheese, corn, and salsa. They could have used some lardy beans in there

21 comments:

Alice said...

uh . . .can i come over for dinner? that stuff looks really good.

Anonymous said...

I love those mangos!
seven dollars a case, is fantastic!

Those taco's look great, your blog has become the place I go to feel sad about my own dinner.

-Natalie.

beckler said...

that dinner took about ten minutes to prepare.

p.s.-that reminds me, have any gourmet subscribers noticed the weird things going on with that mag?

Anonymous said...

Its your urge to try better things that impresses me. I have developed an inability to think ahead. I get home and just make the same old things.

time to jazz it up!!

-Natalie

beckler said...

i didn't mean that like a come back at all, i was stoked it came together so fast.

Anonymous said...

I finally remembered to go vote for the Sammies. If the bananas win, I will not only buy jello shots for the band, but also make them some "Sammies" winner t-shirts.

gbomb

Anonymous said...

Last night I had Taco Bell for dinner. Big Taste soft taco preparation time? Can't say I clocked it, but my superior sense of time tells me less than one minute.
jamattack!
ps. Don't eat the Big Taste soft taco. It's kind of gross. Surprising, I know.

couchdive said...

All I know is that gourmet mag has transitioned from the coffee table reading to toilet reading in the last 3 or 4 months. It does still get read though.

Anonymous said...

Big Taste is making me laugh.

-miller

Liv Moe said...

yikes! i almost forgot to vote. that would have been funny.

thanks g!

beckler said...

that's an apt description, couchdive. i still read it, but i let it sit a lot longer before i do. also, i hardly ever use the recipes anymore. the photos that go along with the dinner party menu are increasingly making me barf. this months is exactly like a j. crew catalog spread. and what's with the "good living" heading over EVERYTHING. they had an article about eating goat that had this heading:

Good Living
Well Lived

what does that mean and what does it have to do with goat tacos?

talkaboutcharles said...

Rock the Light plays at OLD I tonight. Just an FYI for those of you who are rich and bored.

Charles

couchdive said...

LOL, totally. I have yet to even touch the new issue that came a week or two ago.

couchdive said...

P.S. Where did you get the squash blossoms. I had an app., stuffed with meat, over at kru a few weeks ago and I want to try and to make it. They were so damn good

Anonymous said...

Ditto on the squash blossoms? They are so delicious in Oaxacan cuisine with some mole negro.

josh said...

squash blossoms = rad. there's a scene in the book "1491" where the dude is making a point about the origin of corn, and he visits a special tortilla shop in oaxaca where they make tortillas in small batches with single-origin masa from smallholder farmers. you can pick out which micro-climate you want your corn from, as if it were burgundy wine or single-malt scotch. then they fire them up with squash blossoms and local cheese, claiming this is a dish that's like 1000 years old.

beckler said...

squash blossoms from the farmer's market in cesar chavez plaza. i got about 20 for a dollar! one of them had a live bee clinging to it.

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wburg said...

Although I planted my squash a little late I am eagerly awaiting some squash blossoms to put in my omelets in the next month or so. I can't make them without continually yelling "Awww, squashblossoms!" in my best grizzled-old-man voice.

beckler said...

smiller was commenting that squashblossom would be a pretty good hippy band name. what did he say, something like ncle charley's squashblossom jug band

Anonymous said...

Uncle Squashblossom's Barefoot Choogaloo Jug Band. Or something like that. Whatever they're called I'm in it & we're opening for Dark Star Orchestra at that Crest show. Warm up jam at Fox & Goose tonight.

-miller