I subscribe to just about every daily deal email list you possibly can. While it does drive me nuts getting an email about every 5 minutes, I have come across some brilliant deals. My most recent purchase was $15 for a $30 fruit box from Oz Fruit. They deliver market-fresh fruits straight to your door. While I prefer to get my fruit from the Sunday markets, I thought I’d give them a try and I was pleasantly surprised.
I eagerly placed my order last Friday afternoon. The ordering process was reasonably easy, just tick a box and enter your details. The only thing I didn’t like was there was no way to specify when you’d like it delivered or to find out when it’s being delivered. I had to email them. I also discovered that the default setting when you sign up is for weekly delivery so I had to manually go in and change that. They had my credit card details as I had to pay $5 for delivery. I would have been rather annoyed if another full-priced box had arrived the following week.
I got a fairly big selection of fruit for my $20 ($15 + $5 postage) and it is all very good quality. That’s my hesitation with ordering fruit online. I’m very picky and worry that it won’t be unblemished but this lot was all perfect. I have to admit, I probably wouldn’t pay $35, which is the usual price with postage for this box. The main reason is we wouldn’t normally get through this much fruit before it goes bad being just the two of us and the other reason is I think I could get a better deal at the markets. If you don’t quite like traipsing around farmers markets dragging a granny trolley like I do then I would highly recommend Oz Fruit. It’s wonderful quality and simple to order and you can set it up once to delivery either every week or fortnight and that’s it, fruit shopping done every week without you even having to think about it.
I specifically chose the box I did because it didn’t have any mangoes in it. Not because I don’t like them but because mum and dad were on a little Queensland road trip last week and gave me a giant bag of them so I have a serious over supply. Unfortunately, when ordering a specific selection of fruit, if something is unavailable they replace it with something else. In my case there were no strawberries so they replaced them with, you guessed it, a mango. I didn’t dispair. When life gives you mangoes, make mango butter!
I’d never seen mango butter or curd before but I couldn’t see why it wouldn’t work. You know I’m all for taking the easy road so I based my technique on Celia’s microwave lemon butter. It’s so simple it’s ready in about 5 minutes.
Peel the mango and cut off all the flesh then blend it in a blender or food processor until it is smooth. Combine it with the butter and sugar in a microwave-proof bowl or jug and microwave it for 2 minutes. Take it out and stir really well to make sure all the sugar has dissolved. Microwave it a little bit longer (maybe 15 seconds) if it hasn’t and stir it again.
Whisk the eggs together really well in a separate bowl.
This was tricky to take a photo of. Pour the whisked eggs through a sieve into the mango mixture and whisk them into it. Be sure to whisk as the egg goes in (a third hand would have been lovely. Keep whisking until it is all combined. Microwave the mixture for another 30 seconds then take it out and whisk it again. Put it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds then whisk again. Continue with this until it is nice and thick. Mine only needed the two 30 second blasts.
When it is nice and thick, transfer it to jars or a container and refrigerate until it is chilled.
I had my mango butter on lemonade scones and it was delicious. It will keep for a few days in the fridge. Enjoy!
- 1 large mango, flesh removed and pureed
- 3 eggs
- ⅓ cup caster (superfine) sugar
- 70g (2.5oz) butter
- Place the mango puree, sugar and butter in a microwave-safe bowl or jug and microwave for 2 minutes. Stir the mixture to make sure the sugar has dissolved.
- Whisk the eggs together in a separate bowl until they are even consistency.
- Add the eggs to the mango mixture through a sieve and whisk them in.
- Microwave the mixture for 30 seconds then whisk it well. Repeat this process until it is nice and thick (shouldn't take more than 2 minutes total).
- Refrigerate the mango butter and serve on baked goodies.