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Re: Black beans & mango salad

Thanks, Jim, I will try that - sounds good.  I grow my own cilantro, and it's 
really good right now - scallions, too. In fact, I have all the ingredients 
in the house, so maybe we will have it tomorrow.

Our Thai friend is really a jewel.  We've known her for nearly twenty years, 
and she calls us her American family.  We enjoy Thai food, and look for Thai 
restaurants wherever we go - it's usually good anywhere.  There is one in the 
city (New York) that we go to frequently where they already know what I want.  
They just bring a menu to my DH, because he sometimes changes the way he wants 
his seafood prepared.  I always order Nam Sod, which is a chopped pork salad 
with ginger, cilantro, red pepper and lime juice.  At the restaurant our 
friend formerly owned - before she moved into an upscale place in White Plains - 
they would see us pulling into the parking lot and begin chopping the pork 
before we got in the door.  Also, there's nothing better with such food than 
Sing-ha Thai beer.

This Thai lady is amazing.  I had been to her first restaurant one time - 
this is at least  20 years ago - and then I persuaded Chet to go there with me.  
After seating us at our table, she asked Chet what he did.  When he told her 
he was (then) at Harper & Row Publishers, she got quite excited and said 
"That's the publisher of the Laura Ingels Wilder books."  It turns out that her 
family had been quite wealthy in Thailand, and she had grown up being taught 
English and reading the Wilder books.  We told her that day that we a grandson had 
just been born - named Kyle.  The next time we went to her restaurant - some 
six months later - she greeted us with "How's Kyle?"  From that time, our 
relationship has grown, and we consider her a dear friend.

In a message dated 06/19/2004 8:48:48 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
jsinger@igc.org writes:

Your Thai friend sounds like a real find. Thai cuisine has got to be 
one of the world's best.

Our black bean and mango salad is very simple. The base is a 1 pound, 
13 ounce can of Goya black beans that are thoroughly rinsed to get rid 
of the thick juice they are packed in. To that we add the diced flesh 
of at least two ripe [soft] mangos, a couple of bunches of chopped 
scallions, chopped red sweet pepper, and a couple of chopped jalapenos. 
Today, we added chopped cilantro. We tossed it in olive oil and 
balsamic vinegar.

These are the early season ingredients, and most of them will stay 
throughout the season, including the mangos as different cultivars 
become available in the market.

I've never tried it with any other major fruit, but I think it would be 
terrific with peaches instead of mangos.

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