Born and raised in the Philippines, until the age of 8, I was familiar with seeing unripe mango eaten with bagoong, fish sauce or with dash of salt.  It was also a staple for making juices, mango nectar, and as a flavoring and major ingredient in ice cream and sorbetes.  These are my experiences with mangoes.  Although not quite my choice of fruit to pick up at the market when in season, I may have found my niche with mangoes by making them into a refreshing salad.  This recipe happens to represent a menagerie of my favorite herbs and vegetables alongside it.  The versatility of this salad are endless–have it as is, serve it with grilled steak, fish, BBQ, chicken; use it as a salsa for tortilla chips, etc.

Since I watched the last episode of Master Chef (currently on FOX Season 3) when Monti Carlo (one of the home cook contestants and…that’s probably not her real name, really?  Monti Carlo, anyway…) made a Scotch Egg on one of the challenges; and actually got great accolades from Chef Gordon Ramsay, I have had an inkling to make them.  Well, today (Sunday) was the day!

I didn’t think I would cook anything today, but I had a package of a beautiful silken tofu in the fridge that I previously used for a dessert recipe.  So to make the most of it, along side other ingredients I had laying around, I whipped up a silken tofu creation…

My husband and I celebrated our 12th year wedding anniversary this weekend with my immediate and extended family. And, as with any occasion, all good things come to a halt, at least until the next gathering.
Meanwhile, before they left to head home, I made my mom and older son something fresh to help start off their day. This is what I came up with…