Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Mango Pasta and The Strawberry Mountain

First of all, I'd like to thank all of you for your encouraging comments about non-massive blogging! You motivated me a lot... now there's the next thing... when I try new stuff, I must remember to post it. My SD card told me it's full yesterday- full of food piccies that I haven't gotten round to post.

Now I can't really say that I've been eaten by the work monster last week, but I was totally absorbed by Black Books, Strawberry Panic! and Michail Bulgakow's "Master and Margarita".
Add some gay scene partying and German stout and the week's over.

Anyway, I have a recipe to share. I don't really care for raw mango, especially since I'm too stupid to slice them properly (not letting them go over-ripe might fix that).
Now every now and then, I buy "Vegetarisch Fit!", a vegetarian cooking magazine. Rather "than" than "now", because few recipes are vegan, it's pricey and full of ads. Anyway, the April issue had a pasta special, so I grabbed it on a late shopping trip to find the most awesome recipe for * MANGO PASTA* For 3-4 people, you'll need:
* 1 pound of pasta (I used fussili)

* 1 huge can/ 2 small ones chopped tomatoes
* 1 massive ripe mango, diced
* 1 onion, chopped
* 1 cup of cashews (or less if they cost an arm and a leg like they do over here)
* 1 block of tofu, drained, pressed and diced

* 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp cumin

* salt + pepper and chilli powder to taste

- In a huge pan, fry the tofu in neutral oil until crisp, about 10-15 minutes. Take out and set aside.

- Sauté the onions until translucent.
- Coarsly grind 3/4 of the cashews in a blender/food processor and add to the onions. Also add turmeric and cumin, sauté for 5 more minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, tofu and mango and mango and let simmer
for 10-15 minutes or until the pasta is done.

Serve over the pasta and garnish with the leftover cashews (as I didn't). This is simple yet a wee bit exotic and has all the protein a pasta-maniac vegan needs. I think it might be good with kids, too, if you make it less spicier.

As short info for all German-speaking readers: after vegan.ch, there's a
new German podcast made by two blokes from the Rhein/Main area... they also do a bit of live action cooking in every podcast and know all the AR info and dates in the country.
Hooray for German vegans!

Finally, I give you cake. This is my messy version (because neat baking is boring) of Strawberry Mountain. I now know why they called it like this... because it makes a buttload (and I halfed the recipe!) and you will get lost in the mountains of sweetness *swoon*.


VeggieGirl said...

I love mangoes AND pasta, but have never thought of eating them in the same meal - brilliant!! Looks delicious!! As does that strawberry cake - yum!

Alice (in Veganland) said...

I never buy that magazine, but now I'm glad you did! The recipe sounds actually great!

And yes, I do work from time to time, hahaha, but I'm changing jobs in June and had to use my vacation days somehow! That, and I've had official holidays the 2nd May, and next Friday (besides Thursday, internal things...)

Mach's gut!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I love mango… and of course I love pasta. But I’d never thought to put them together. What a terrific idea! Thanks!

Erin said...

You know, I saw the pasta picture on VF and though "Meh, that looks pretty nice", but now seeing what the ingredients are it sounds really darned good. I never think to put cashews in stuff, but they make almost everything taste good. And as previously stated, the cake looks scrumptious!

Liz² said...

that pasta sounds crazy! but really good, too... is it really really sweet? It sounds like it would be amazing chilled on a hot day.

Ruby Red Vegan said...

The mango pasta is an awesome idea - I really want to try this, because it seems like a nice, simple recipe and I love adding mango to more savory meals. My favorite is mango salsa!

Kumudha said...

Mango pasta and strawberry cake look so tasty!

pavotrouge said...

thanks for your comments- Liz, it's no sweet at all, though it's a bit reminiscent of sweet and sour due to the mango. No sweeteners in here :)

britnlind said...

What a great blog! I am going to have to try some of your recipies. My mother is a vegan I will definatley pass some of these on. Shwoing some blog love!

Bonnie said...

Pasta and cake... that sounds like a perfect meal.
thanks for the link to the new podcast! I'm having a look at the site (and listening) now. Not that I'm that good at German, but I understand a bit.

Ciyou said...

this looks so yummy, u are making my hungry

Crystal @ Blog*Spot said...

I love tofu :)

Sylvia said...

Good Lord you are making me hungry! The strawberry mountain looks insanely delicious!!