Its the middle of May and its getting hotter than ever; the temperature reading in my car shows a blistering 45°C at 8:30am, and you know what, the summer has barely begun.With the car air-conditioning cooling my veins, I’m headed off to the grocery preparing for a Saturday lunch. For some reason energy seems to leaking out of me and I am left with very little to barely keep my eyes open. With squinting eyes, I make a rush through to the door. As I walked in and glimpsed at the fruit and veggies sectioned, my eyes glistened, my nose twitched and my mouth began salivating. Gorgeous piles of plump yellow Mangoes, a sight for sore eyes and an instant energy boost to my faded rhythm; the one thing I love about summer.
In Goa, this time of year it almost feels like a mango festival, the streets are lined with everyone selling mangoes and most of them claim to have the sweetest, juiciest, richest and the most expensive of them all; the Alphonso Mangoes. My mom is so much of a fan that she heads down to Goa every year during the month of May so that she may be able to enjoy them to the fullest. These precious palm-sized jewels get its name from one of our portuguese nobleman Afonso de Albuquergue during the colonial rule. Wikipedia tells me that he used to bring these exquisite mangoes when he used to travel to Goa, and of course, we decided to keep em, and because of its popularity it was spread all over the Konkan region.
As I drew a couple semi ripe ones to my nose, the distinct rich aroma practically screamed pick me! pick me! I could tell these were them. *Gulp* some more salivating. I picked up quite a few, some to just relish by itself and some I thought to have in a light Salad.
I knew I was going to use arugula; I tossed this light refreshing Mango salad with some soft crumbled goat cheese, prosciutto, walnuts and a refreshing orange-balsamic vinaigrette. A lovely colorful summer salad I must say.
That was just what I needed