Last Sunday, I stared at a pile of ripe mangos. I wanted to make a treat with them, but I also desperately wanted an hour at the pool doing nothing. So I sat next to my hubby and told him my dilemma. Amazingly, he agreed/volunteered (really not sure which) to do the work. So, today, is a guest post by Mr. Madly himself….
“Kim spoils me rotten every day……and just happens to blog about it. Well at least that what I keep telling myself as I enjoy the yummy treats she conjures up.
The life of a blogger’s spouse definitely has its perks (particularly when you are lucky as I am) however, it also has its responsibilities. I’m a part-time photographer, style consultant, handyman, and if that wasn’t enough, I also get burdened with the arduous task of being a taste tester. Feel bad for me, didn’t think so.
Responsibility did take on a new meaning when Kim turned the table, handed me the computer and said it’s all you today. It is the thank you I received for helping turn mangos into flowers. I have always loved a good challenge and Kim knows it, so I walked right into it when she broke out the mangos and reminded me of the “mango flowers” we had seen at the beach recently. These were easy (ok maybe I needed one practice round) and fun. Our nephews face below says it all.“
Flowered Mango On A Stick
wooden chopstick, sturdy candy stick or skewer
Holding the mango vertically, stem end down, push chopstick carefully but firmly right into the pit. Peel the mango. Working from bottom to top starting at the mango’s midpoint; make 3 cuts into the flesh at a slight downward angle almost to the pit, being careful to keep the petals attached to the pit at their base. Gently bend each cut-away from the pit as if opening a petal. Rotate the mango about 60 degrees. Repeat process until the entire mango has been cut to look like a flower. (method source)
Watch this video to see how this is done on the beach in Mexico (they add a little lime juice chili powder for a nice kick):