Food: Now for a real challenge - mango and hash

Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2004

In Indian culture, the mango takes many forms. There are some who believe it to be a symbol of love. Others believe it to be a transformation of Prajapati, the lord of all creatures.

At the Food Challenge office, the mango is a vessel - somewhere far away from these rains. It lives in a place where the waters do not rise and roar, but simply melt. Escape, this longing for a tropical isle, brings us to the October Food Challenge.

Our basic staple is the grilled cheese sandwich. But what happens when you add a layer of corned beef hash and fresh, sliced mango to the top? Well, we call it "Mango & Hash." And the proof is in the pudding. We were impressed with the response to the September Food Challenge, but of our 13 winners, most had the gall to say that the challenge was "not hard enough."

So then, what can you do with (1) a slice of bread, (2) cheese, (3) corned beef hash, and (4) mango? You can use these four ingredients, and anything else. But entries will be disqualified if you omit one of the items.

Please deliver a copy of your recipe to the Empire's front desk between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., mail to Food Challenge, c/o Juneau Empire, 3100 Channel Drive, Juneau, AK 99801, or e-mail to Include ingredients, directions, your name, address, telephone number, e-mail and at least one person who saw you eat the dish.

The deadline is Friday, Oct. 9, and the best recipes will be printed in an upcoming Food page.

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