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Mango Lassi

I enjoy mango lassi as much as the next person (if they make it a couple times a year and enjoy it).

I had only had them in restaurants and went to an Indian grocery store at one point looking for them. The cashier looked at me as if I were a complete ignoramus. It was the equivalent of basically asking a grocery store if they sell pre-made buttered bread. So, now, in case you were wondering, is how I make mango lassi:

1. Start with milk. Put it in a blender (we sprang for a Vita-mix a while back and it’s just swell for things like this).

2. Add mango to taste, roughly in equal volume to the milk.

3. Blend until smooth.

The End.

I usually use mostly defrosted mango chunks. I got canned mango the day of the aforementioned event. Fresh is good, but it’s a little like using top-shelf liquor for a mixed drink.

If you actually know about this, you may find any number of parts of this process objectionable (e.g., you must use yogurt instead of milk). Let me know and I’ll amend it accordingly.

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Community Servings event, 8/23

The idea of this blog is food generally and this is a charity event that involves food, but is worth noting.

Community Servingsis a really great organization in Boston that provides meals to people with serious, life-threatening illnesses. They’re sponsoring a fund-raising fiesta on Tuesday 8/23 at Zocalo, and their web site says that all the proceeds (i.e., 100%) will go to the organization. It looks like a fun way to do some good.

Cross posted at my (politics) and (good things in Boston) pages.

King Fung Garden II, Brookline

King Fung Garden II is one of my two favorite Chinese places. It relocated from Kneeland Street in Chinatown some time back. (The King Fung Garden there is under the proverbial “new management.”) This one, the real one, is known to some as “Brezhnev’s.”

Yummy dishes include:

– Scallion Pancakes
– Peking Ravioli
– Hon Sue Beef
– Shanghai Chow Mein
– A dish that you can pronounce as “Ling Gao,” but that’s probably not it, but whatever you get will be good

It features a beautiful view of route 9, which is arguably preferable to schlepping the food somewhere else while it cools off.

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PYO time!

It’s August. There are crops in New England (though my stuff’s not doing very well). It’s an excellent time to get out there and pick some of your own raspberries, or whatever it is you want. There’s a good list at I’ve gotten good raspberries in the past at Connor’s Farm and got good strawberries this year in June at Ward’s Berry Farm. We ended up canning jam that we made from the strawberries, which was great.

Center for Food Safety action on GE Corn

Got this from CFS regarding a public comment period that ends on Friday, 12 August 2011:

USDA Looks to Approve First GE, Drought Tolerant Corn with no EIS

On May 11, 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) released a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) on the first-ever genetically engineered (GE), drought tolerant corn, MON 87460.  APHIS is currently soliciting comments on this unprecedented GE crop, due August 12, 2011.  The Center for Food Safety has reviewed the Draft EA, and, our analysis shows that has USDA not adequately analyzed or accounted for the various environmental and socio-economic impacts of this novel crop, and Monsanto has failed to make any significant progress on drought resistance through genetic engineering.

As with previous GE crop approvals, USDA’s proposal fails to comply with national environmental law, making APHIS’s approval illegal.

Here’s where to take action.

Environmental Working Group’s list of produce types and pesticide levels

Another useful page, in line my most recent post about GMOs. This time, it’s about avoiding pesticides and the produce they most strongly affect with their toxins. This is a list of 53 fruits and vegetables by pesticide residue.

The printable True Food Shoppers’ Guide

I like the True Food Network and often participate in their activities regarding spreading information about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or trying to prevent their use. They have a guide to help avoiding GMOs in food which is quite useful. For those of us without smart phones, there’s a PDF True Food Shoppers. Guide, updated for 2011.