I mentioned yesterday about obtaining some ‘apple mangoes’.
Today, as a small gesture, and since I have way too many to eat, I took a couple of these mangoes to a teacher at my other bushiban. Alice, a few weeks ago, gave me a ‘package’ of coffee related items. There was a bag of coffee beans, grown in Taiwan, a bottle of coffee flavoured sour plums, and some coffee cookies of sort. She knows I am a coffee hound, and since she doesn’t like coffee, gave them to me. Why would she do this you ask? Her brother gave them to her, after a visit to a coffee growing area in Taiwan. I guess he doesn’t know his sister as well as he may think.
By Taiwan standards, these ‘apple mangoes’ are expensive. I suppose, but when I can get 6 (and in this instance, 8) mangoes for a mere 300nt, to me, that is not expensive. For my North American friends, 300nt is about $10 Canadian (or American) dollars. So, each mango is about $1.25 Canadian. If your wondering, go to your fave supermarket, and see if you can buy a mango for that!
I was also told that, because the various teachers ordered mangoes, for every two ‘orders’, we actually received a free order. That meant that we got more than we thought, for a better price. Hey, who doesn’t like a deal! Thus, I got an extra two mangoes. Still, more than I expected.
After having eaten one, given away two, I get into Giraffe tonight, and May’s mother comes in with a bag for Christine and myself. Lo and beheld, what to my wondering eyes should be seen, but FIVE MORE MANGOES!
I tried to give away a couple because I figured I wouldn’t be able to finish them all! Now, I have two more than I originally brought home, the night before! Okay.
My question is this… If I were to slice the mangoes up, or cube them up, can they be frozen? When strawberry season was in full swing, I clean the berries, take off the green, place them upside down on a tray, and freeze the whole batch. Then, once frozen, I can place them into bags and put them back in the freezer. Later, after strawberry season has passed, I can take out a bag of these delicious little pieces of heaven, thaw them out and put then ice cream, or add a little whipped cream, and eat fresh strawberries year round. Can mangoes, once prepared properly, be frozen in the same method?
I think on Sunday, I’ll do a test. I’ll take one of the mangoes, since I have so many, and do an experiment. I’ll prepare it, freeze it, place it in a baggie, and in a couple of days, try it and see if it still tastes as fresh as if it was freshly prepared. I can’t see why not. If strawberries can be frozen and thawed out, then there’s no reason mango can’t be done as well. It’ll be so cool, if in a few months, when all the exotic fruit seasons are finished, to be able to take a bag of each of these fruits, put them into a bowl, add a bit of whipped cream, and voila – summer all over!
I’ll let you know.
I’ve now got my Halloween booklet all prepared, and saved to file. Besides all the other materials I need to print for my classes, this will have to be printed soon. I’ve decided to increase this year’s Halloween booklet to five pages folded into a booklet. I’ve always kept the Halloween booklet at four pages, so as to only whet the appetite for the Christmas booklet. This year, I was able to find a few more good word puzzles, so the decision to go with five sheets of paper seemed appropriate. Besides, the Christmas booklet is already at seven pages. If I do find a couple more fun puzzles, I may have to increase this years booklet to eight pages.
I’ve always just stapled the booklets together with my normal desk stapler. However, with the increasing size, I many have to borrow Giraffe’s extended stapler. This allows me to staple the pages on the fold, thus making it easier to open for the kids. Using a regular desk stapler, doesn’t reach to the fold, and thus, the staple is placed on the outside of the booklet. Not professional, but then again, I’m not a professional bookmaker!
Typical Friday, so not much else.
That’s it, that’s all… for now!