Friday, September 11, 2009

A Taste of Yellow: Mango and Blueberry Fool

Mango and Bueberry Fool (01) by MeetaK 

It was Barbara of Winos & Foodies who made me change my mind entirely about posting this recipe. I had something totally different planned but something that Barbara said on Twitter stuck to my head. See, she recently bought her first mango of the season - that in itself is not exceptional given the fact that she lives down under and the mango season is just starting. What stuck to my head was the fact that she missed out the previous mango season due to her chemotherapy. It made me sit back and think how granted I take such simple things in life. That one comment put things in a different perspective for me.

Barbara has kicked cancer in it's royal backside and celebrated it with other blogger friends. As I read Barbara's stories what I realize the most about her is her ever so positive outlook and that willpower of steel.

When I started blogging back in 2006 - cancer was not part of my vocabulary. I did not know of anyone who had battled with it. My ignorant knowledge was basically what one reads and what one reads makes one only imagine but not really feel, know and experience. As I blogged on I came across one lady that blew me away! She talked about cancer - about her having cancer and her fight through it, her ups and downs. Jen often made me cry with her posts. I hardly ever commented on them because I felt so humble and always feared of not saying the right thing. Over the past three years - I have come to know a few bloggers who wear their hearts on their sleeves and have shared their struggles with dignity and respect. Barbara, Jen and of course dear Briana, who lost her battle in December 2008. I did not really know Bri until I was asked to take part in raising money for her treatment. But still it was important for me to help. I would have loved to reach out and have held her hand too.

Last year, when MP, a friend and neighbor told me that her cancer had returned and she was not going to make it, I did experience what this diabolical disease does. I think the first thing I did was run home lie on my bed and cry into my pillow. Then I went back and held her hand.
For a few days after that I spent time reading posts on Jen and Barbara's blogs. Silently! I needed to understand this - why do things like this happen to the nicest people?

Mango and Bueberry Fool (02) by MeetaK

I have not found an answer to that question yet but instead I found strong willed people, who in spite of all that they face, still manage to make me laugh with their stories, thoughts and jokes. And although I would much rather buy cartfuls of mangoes for Barbara, Jen and MP and deliver it personally to them - I can't! However, I know that mangoes are not just mangoes anymore - they are a sign to celebrate life.

And celebrate we must do.

Barbara's event A Taste of Yellow brings together bloggers to help raise awareness for cancer on a global level and support LiveStrong - Lance Armstrong Foundation.

This year I am sending a mango and blueberry fool over to Barbara. Hope you enjoy the mango season to its fullest!

Mango and Bueberry Fool (03) by MeetaK

Why is this dessert called a "Fool"? Probably because it's foolproof! A Fool is a very classic British dessert made up of fresh fruit puree and whipped cream. I used fresh quark and added a handful of blueberries, which popped so sweetly with each spoonful. Instead of sugar I used honey to sweeten the fool. A dessert ready in 10 minutes (plus chilling time). The name is derived from the French word foulé meaning crushed, which refers to the combination of crushed fruit and whipped cream.  

Mango and Blueberry Fool

[Printable version of recipe here.]

Ingredients

200g quark, hung overnight
100 ml heavy cream, whipped
2 tablespoons honey
juice and zest of 1 small lemon
2 large ripe mangoes, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks
250g fresh blueberries

Method

    1. Add mango chunks, 1 tablespoon honey and some lemon juice into a blender and pulse until very smooth.

    2. Add quark and continue to blend until thick and creamy. Taste and adjust accordingly with more honey and/or lemon juice.

    3. Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in the blueberries. Then add the whipping cream and gently fold in. Divide among 6 desert glasses and chill thoroughly in the fridge for 1 hour.

    4. Before serving sprinkle each with some of the lemon zest.

 


Verdict

Mango and Bueberry Fool (04) by MeetaK

The dessert is sublime in its simplicity and can be made with any kind of fruit puree at any time of the year. This refreshing way to enjoy fruit and cream lightens the hearts. We really enjoyed the distinct flavor of mango paired with the sweet and tangy blueberries, which was truly perfect.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Hugs!

You might like these yellow creations from WFLH:

Mango Yogurt Mousse Saffron And Cardamom Panna Cotta Saffron Coconut Ice Cream

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33 comments :

  1. It's beautiful Meeta, and it seems perfectly suited to me and A.! He would be nuts for the mango and I would raise the roof for the blueberries. xoxo.

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  2. Meeta what a beautiful post. I have tears in my eyes. I'm sorry for your friend MP and I'm glad you were there to support her. Thank you for your kind words. And thank you for this wonderful mango drink to support LiveSTRONG With A Taste Of Yellow.

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  3. Two of my favorite fruits! What a perfect entry! That fool looks so delicious!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. What a beautiful post, for a good cause.. Meeta this disease has taken away my mom from me, very unexpectedly, very early... every time i hear the word I need to cry.. it is hard.

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  5. A very touching post Meeta. I too lost a Aunt who silently gave in to Cancer. Hats off to Barbara for her efforts to reach out and create awareness inspite of being a victim herself. Good one Meeta.

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  6. What a beautiful post Meeta, I am so sorry for your dear friend.

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  7. Beautiful and touching post Meeta..In my family I know many victims of this deadly disease and many of them r no more with us...hope someone, someday will find the cure and reverse it...
    ur fools look quite tempting

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  8. Meeta, not only are you brilliant, but you have a heart of gold. I think we all hurt knowing that people dear to us must do battle with cancer. Being there for one another is important. Your comments have lifted my spirits when things were low on more than one occasion. Love to you and strength to your dear MP. We can always hope. xxoo

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  9. Very touchy post Meeta.
    Good combination of Mango and Blueberries. Lovely dessert! :)

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  10. A touching post meeta! Beautiful !!
    Fool looks delicious !

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  11. So pretty Meeta, it reminds me of the mousse. And that I have to wait till next year for those mangoes! :)

    It is unfortunate that disease takes away loved ones from us. I have lost people close to me to cancer and its terrible, but their courage is unbelievable.

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  12. The verdict is YUM Meeta. Goodness, it looks so good! Touching post this. I've also been blown away by how much blogging has changed my life. Also wonder, too, why things like this happen to the best of folk. Having said that, I also celebrate the spirit of bloggers, food bloggers in particular. We are an outstanding community! To connect at such a beautiful level despite never having met is just awesome!

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  13. I agree with Deeba that food bloggers are wonderful, thoughtful caring people and together we can make a difference. This is a beautiful dessert to send over to The Taste of Yellow event. Beautiful post.

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  14. Lovely post, meeta.

    A friend of mine, who is also in her mid 20s, is at the final stage. She told me she stopped asking the question why a long while back. The important thing for her is NOW and LIVE. Her thought touched my heart...

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  15. Such beautiful words, Meeta - you have a heart of gold. I'm praying hard for your friend; and enjoy that lovely dessert :)

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  16. the colours in the pic are so beautiful as is your post :)

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  17. The mango and blueberry combo sounds great! Those fools look so cool and refreshing and good!

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  18. I love your mango and blueberry recipe. Very fitting for A Taste of Yellow.

    Paz

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  19. What a lovely post, and the dessert looks wonderful too. A great entry for A Taste of Yellow.

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  20. How touching Meeta, your words are mae people think beyond their lives , for sure, And what a easy and delicious dessert. Perfect for some of my lazy days

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  21. What a marvellous & yummie dessert this is!!

    what beautiful pictures, Meeta!

    MMMMMMMMMMM,...

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  22. Such a beautiful post :) And that fool looks delicious! I've never heard of fool before, but it looks amazing and I definitely want to try it!

    Sues

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  23. A very touching post Meeta.
    You always write from your heart and share your sorrow and happines here.
    Love that mango fool and ofcourse as always pics are so beautiful.

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  24. Great post Meeta. I think a lot of people have experienced cancer in way one or the other. My dad is currently undergoing chemotherapy and it always amazes me how strong he is and how positive!

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  25. How beautiful your photos! I love mango!

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  26. You can make a fool of me any day with this :)

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  27. What a beautiful post! So sorry to hear about Briana! The fool looks like a delicious dessert though!

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  28. You are no fool! This looks and sounds amazing!

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