This week I’m featuring another mango recipe with our juicy local mangoes. My daughter helped me to prepare this dish. If you ask her, she will name all the ingredients as she passes me each one: mango, pineapple, tomato, pepper, parsley, lime. Exactly like this, only in Portuguese. “Of course”, she would say, this time in English. It’s funny to have a girl growing bilingual. Most of the time she speaks in Portuguese, but she’s starting to learn a few words in English from her dad. Especially now that she repeats everything she hears. And since she likes to make herself helpful in whatever I’m doing, naturally that includes the kitchen and the preparation of meals.
I like to teach her some basic cooking skills, for her to be familiar with what she can and what she cannot do and therefore be safe in the kitchen. So, she knows she can help me to pick the ingredients, stir some things, pass me the bowls to be filled and things alike. In this order of ideas, she repeats with me that knifes are for mama and anything in the stove is forbidden because is hot. What pleases me the most is that she identifies all the vegetables, fruits, grains and cereals. For instance, when she eats her soup she lists all the vegetables she previously saw me put in there, and which ones she helped me with. I have the impression she is enjoying more the meals, now that she knows what she puts in her mouth. Next thing in the process will be showing her where all those vegetables come from. For now, she remembers where we go get these delicious mangoes that we’ve been savoring all summer long. That’s a good start.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
1 pint of grape tomatoes
1 jalapeño pepper
handful of fresh parsley
juice of 1 lime
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Cut the mango and pineapple in small cubes. Slice the grape tomatoes in quarters. Chop the jalapeño pepper and the fresh parsley. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and add 1 Tbsp olive oil and the lime juice. Stir to coat all the ingredients and serve immediately. If making in advance, only add the olive oil and lime juice right before serving.