Roasted Beet & Mango Tacos

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sal·sa (säl′sə) n.
A spicy sauce of chopped, usually uncooked vegetables or fruit, especially tomatoes, onions, and chili peppers, used as a condiment.

I didn’t use to like salsa much- it might have been the onion-ey spiciness, the trauma of my tongue’s encounter with a particularly sharp tortilla chip, or the fact that I have never been a huge fan of salads and similar raw mixtures. But before you take up your pitchforks and burn me at the stake for heresy, let me say that I’m a total salsa convert now. Seriously, I swear.

What converted me was a fresh encounter- no garlic, way less onion, and most importantly the addition of roasted beets and mangoes. Together they add nuttiness and sweetness to the mix that complements the heat, the tanginess, the crunch, and the sharp raw flavours- all these, wrapped up in a warm homemade tortilla.

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Cucumber & Mango ‘Noodle’ ‘Soup’

The weather is starting to warm up, and I’m positively rejoicing! Not only can I sport shorts around the house, but mangos and nectarines and other not-wintry fruits and produce are starting to show up more at the market. I don’t really know if they’re seasonal… but something’s better than nothing at all!

Apart from mangos, I also came across some lovely Thai basil for 6 HKD a bunch at an Indonesian speciality stall at the market. And just a few posts ago I was lamenting to lack of affordable sweet basil… Sweet and Thai basil are definitely not the same, but I got pretty excited! Because though I can’t make any pesto with Thai basil, I love its flavours combined with mango, and I had something wonderful in mind- ‘noodle’ ‘soup’!

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