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Mango Shake Magic

This recipe is easy peasy, so this post isn’t so much about the recipe but the reason behind it.

It’s two years ago this week since my Grandfather passed away. I miss him.

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This little  amazing book was part of his collection and is very dear to me.

It’s NO secret how much I love mangoes, and it’s certainly NO secret how much I love my beloved Goa, so this book really is “a treasure trove”. It’s full of great little tips and ideas all about the luscious sweet fleshy fruit.

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The book tells me that India has over 1000 different types of mangoes, with Goa having over 100…. It is a rich source of vitamins and carbohydrates. High in vitamin A and C…… The book goes on to describe pickle and chutney recipes, curries and rices, deserts and drinks.

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Now the beady eyed amongst you, will say hang on, they’re not Indian mangoes that you are using Melissa! Nope the only ones readily available in Ireland are ones from south America. I call them ‘plastic mangoes’; they are hard, unripe, don’t taste or smell right. I NEVER eat them raw on their own, but to cook with, or blitz up in a drink they are fine. I’m always annoyed when people liken this terrible fruit to the beautiful, special, golden Indian fruit that I am used to.

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Mango Shake:
This is the easiest of easiest recipes EVER!

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Ingredients:
2-3 ripe mangoes (I bought these 2 weeks ago)
2-3 tsp sugar
100ml milk

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Break up the mango flesh by hand or in a mixer.

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Add the sugar and milk and blitz.

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Add the ice-cream….. Finally, pour into glasses and top with a little chopped mango. Simple!

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Cheers Granddad!

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I’m bringing these drinks to Angie’s place for Fiesta Friday at the the novice gardener.  The first round are for
Alex, Jhuls and Selma!

See you there!

Melissa xx

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One Lovely Blog Award

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I’m not making this up, nor am I paying people to nominate me for these lovely little awards…. This week I’d like to thank Julianna for nominating me for a ‘one lovely blog’ award. Please stop by her blog foodie on board, but don’t touch the gingersnaps, they are ALL mine!

Here are the rules for accepting the One Lovely Blog Award:

1.  Add the One Lovely Blog Award badge to your blog.

2.  Share 7 things about yourself.

3.  Pass the award on to 7 other bloggers and inform them by commenting on their blog.

4.  Thank the person who nominated you.

So 7 things about me are…

1) When I grow up I want to be like kirstie allsopp! Those of you not from this part of the world will be asking WHO??? I love her, for all her crafting, homemaking and fabulous dress sense.

2) I’m never EVER moving again, it’s tiring and stressful…. And why would I, when I wake up to this:

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3) I love everything mango related; from body butter and scrubs to juice and the fruit itself!

4) I prefer to get my eyebrows threaded.

5) My favourite book of 2013 was I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes.

6) I can’t stand olives!

7) I’m currently re-watching ALL of 24! Roll on next Monday when #Jack is Back!

The 7 bloggers I nominate for this lovely award are:

1) Bridget @ from a country cottage for all the advice she gives me from her Irish cottage (especially about the garden).
2) Joan @  retirement and beyond for all the wonderful photos and tit bits from around Ireland.
3) Edward @ ed mooney photo for his phenomenal photos of Ireland.
4) Patty @ patty nguyen for making me hungry all the time.
5) Anne @ tales along the way for her wonderful tales from India.
6) Shruti @ cooking with sj for her gorgeous freah Indian recipes.
7) Shailja @ sweet and savoury for even more delicious Indian recipes.

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Melissa xx

The Goan Glen House

Welcome to The Glen House’s Indian cousin, nestled amongst the coconut trees in the wonderful coastal setting of southern Goa.

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The little house has a fantastic array of fruit trees and flowers in the garden… 12 Coconut trees

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Mango trees

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Papaya trees

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Bright vibrant flowers
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I can watch the world go sitting on the veranda, peering out the gates at the front of the little house. Listening to the Church bells ring and watching the children play cricket go hand in hand with a cup of chai at 4 o’clock every day.

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I love it! Well 99% of the time I do, however there is the odd moment every trip  when the 35° heat and 94% humidity have often led me to ask when is it going to snow?!

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I don’t feel like a tourist, especially within the four walls of the little compound, it’s home. The neighbours are friendly, as are most of the people you meet anywhere in Goa. They are warm-hearted and willing to help even though some of them have so little.

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There is the other side of things too; its noisey, it’s dirty, there are people living on the streets but if you don’t want to see it, don’t come! Do I feel safe getting on a bus or going shopping on my own? No. Daily reports in the broadsheets are of countless numbers of rapes, murders and abuses of women and children horrify me. It’s awful. I am blessed to live in a country where I do feel safe to go out and about on my own. I should also stress, that as much as I am appalled, I would never stop coming back. It is, for the most part, a little bit of heaven.

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Melissa xx