Archive for October, 2011

October 6, 2011

My Mango Has Even More Leaves

It’s about time for a Mango Plant update! My little guy, the inspiration behind finally starting this blog, is thriving. Once upon a time, I found the pit of a smoothie-bound mango growing and I just had to plant it. You can see what it looked like in August 2010 and April 2011 here.

Over the summer he has grown many more leaves. Notice how the new leaves are brown? I’ve done some preliminary research and found a few theories on why some new plant leaves have high concentrations of anthocyanins, the chemicals responsible for coloring in ornamental plants and autumn leaves. (Anthocyanins are a fun little pH indicator to boot. Boil up some cabbage and add various kitchen liquids or powders to the juice and you’ll see what I’m talking about.) Their presence in new leaves and eventual disappearance is debated by botanists and I’ve found some abstracts supporting different arguments. On my next trip up to the main New York Public Library building, I’ll pull the articles and share my findings. Until then, you can wonder along with me if you like.

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October 4, 2011

(Should Be) Easy Party Snacks

Happy Tuesday!  This weekend was a perfect weekend, full of friends, wine, and food. On Saturday I hosted a small get together for a belated housewarming party.  I felt like George Costanza as “worlds collided,” but even with people from multiple sectors of both of our lives converging in our little Manhattan abode, it all went smoothly.

Despite only serving appetizers, food preparation still took over five hours. That probably had something to do with the fact that we made two different dips with 12 servings each in our mini-3-cup-food-processor. Cue mental images of beans not fitting, oil practically overflowing, and three bowls of hummus in various stages spread about the counter.

End result?

The crudité and two homemade dips.

Roasted eggplant and pepper dip, and a white bean hummus.  I’m not a fan of the chickpea, as much as I would like to be.

A childhood classic, Ants on a Log.  With tastier craisin ants.

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