Mango Lassi – Dairy Free

Gavin WrenDrinks, Recipes

Mango season is the time to make a Mango Lassi, the traditional Indian yoghurt drink which is as refreshing as the morning dew and perfect for a hot summers day. I’ve included the option to make this dairy free as well!
There is an abundance of mangoes in the world as the fruit comes into season across South Asia, flooding the streets of London with it's sweet, sweet flesh. When life throws you lemons, you make lemonade. When life throws you mangoes, you make mango lassi.

Mangolia.
Mango season is firmly upon us. This is massive news in my swathe of East London, the entire area goes mango crazy for a few months, seeing shops transform themselves from DVD stores, perfume shops or clothes retailers into mango traders. Any shop whose mango range numbers less than 6 different boxes is passed over as amateur as the street buzzes with people sniffing, prodding and squeezing the mangolian landscape whilst weighing up prices between vendors. My naive innocence of the way of the mango was highlighted last year when I asked to buy just one. The vendor chuckled, explaining I needed... come and read more...

Simple Mango Salsa

Gavin WrenFish & Shellfish, Recipes, Sandwiches & Wraps, Spreads & Dips

Freshly prepared simple mango salsa with coriander, chilli, lemon and spring onion on succulent turkey atop toasted Hovis Chia bread.
Competitive Sandwiches. A few weeks ago I was invited to be a guest at a sandwich making competition. Yes, yes, I know, I’d never been to a sandwich making competition before either, but it was actually a promotional event for Hovis Chia Bread, laid on by the good people at Hovis who had invited a group of us bloggers to come and test out our sandwich making skills by preparing a selection of Lord Sandwich’s favourites using the new Hovis sliced loaf that’s laced with super healthy chia seeds form the The Chia Company. It was great fun as well, having set things up spectacularly well, with a spread of ingredients fit for an emperor, all ready to load our creations up with. Furthermore, whilst we were spreading the chia love, there was another very learned choice made on that day, by way of democratic vote, which was to crown…

How to Cut a Mango

Gavin WrenFood Techniques, The World of Food, YouTube Food Videos

how to cut a mango
Mango Love I love mangos. Not in a social media ‘I love ‘ way, but in a genuine, caring, emotional way. I am concerned for their wellbeing. I’m interested in their living conditions and their futures. This is despite the fact that I refused to eat certain fruits, as I’ve mentioned before on this blog, such as mangos until well into my adulthood. Since then I’ve developed a strong affinity to these plump, tropical treats. How to Buy Mangos But I’m also interested making sure you get the most out of Mangos. There are things you need to know about procuring these fruit which will make a huge difference to the enjoyment you might get from them. You have probably noticed that you can buy them all year round in the supermarket, which is normally the good old ‘Tommy Atkins’ variety, often so under ripe, fibrous and dull that it…

Pistachio-topped labneh cheesecake with lime & coriander – no added sugar

Gavin WrenBaking, Desserts, No Added Sugar, Recipes

Labneh cheesecake with lime and coriander
For once, I’m going to start talking about the food first, rather than sharing obscure excerpts from my prandial past with you. Previously on le petit oeuf, I’ve professed my love for yoghurt and featured it in a few recipes. This has developed recently into a lean towards the delights of labneh, and anyone who is following my Twitter feed (and if not, why not?) will have seen a few more labneh based adventures, such as the za’atar rolled labneh balls. If you’ve never experienced labneh, let me explain a little more about it. It’s made from plain yoghurt that has been strained, a simple process that takes it from it’s initial runny state, via the greek yoghurt-ish phase before finally reaching thick, soft-cheese-esque consistency. If you want to give it a go, I published a simple guide to how you can make great labneh at home just last week…

A trio of mango frozen yoghurt with no added sugar!

Gavin WrenDesserts, No Added Sugar, Recipes

Mango frozen yoghurt three ways
I’ve got a real treat for you today, in the form of no less than THREE different ways to spice up your mango frozen yoghurt, or froyo, or whatever you’re calling it this week, with some interesting and unnervingly tasty additions. All of these frosty, dessert based frolics also feature no added sugar thereby making these the healthiest recipes ever published on the internet! (well, perhaps) It all started when I began to wander through the sun drenched hills and shadowy valleys of no added sugar foods and stumbled upon a perhaps obvious discovery, but nonetheless significant. I realised that sweetness is entirely subjective, which is not-too startling, but above and beyond that, your perception of sweetness is a self-fulfilling phenomenon which you are completely in control of. What I mean is that the more you consume it, the more your tolerance to it increases and also, your expectation of…