I had a particularly enjoyable Saturday day and evening for 4 main reasons.
1: George and I came across a produce stand in the not too distant countryside where I was able to pick beautiful zinnias from a very large flower garden for only 20 cents a stem
2: We were guests at a wonderful dinner hosted by our friend Natasha in her lovely home in Bethany Beach – which led to the two other items on the list which are
3: As I was bringing the salad for dinner, I decided on a whim to make salad dressing from scratch incorporating some of the items that I had picked up from the produce stand. I came up with a Mango/Ginger Soy dressing that simply rocked. Here’s the recipe:
MICHAEL’S MAGIC MANGO/GINGER SOY SALAD DRESSING
(these amounts are approximate and could/should be adjusted to personal taste)
· Flesh of one fresh mango
· 3 cloves pan roasted garlic
· juice of one fresh lime
· kosher salt to taste
· fresh ground black pepper to taste
· 1/3 cup of soy sauce
· 1 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
· 1/2 cup brown sugar
· 1/2 tablespoon Fresh ginger
Remove the fruit from a ripe, fresh, mango (If you’re not sure how to do this – check out this informative link.) and place in a food processor.
Drizzle some Extra Virgin Olive Oil into a small sauté pan and sauté until brown but not burned. Place in food processor.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and puree until desired consistency. (For extra zing, add about 1/2 cup of chopped fresh cilantro).
4: Natasha turned me onto Max Raabe Und Palast Orchester
His music isn’t for everyone, but I happen to love it. Of course, I’m very fond of the time period that he captures musically – and beautifully - the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. . .