If food be the currency of love, cook on. Eat on. In How to Cook Your Husband The African Way, Calixthe Beyala asks if it is possible to cook your way to a lifetime of happiness with a certain other. Beyala’s strange novel about love, sex, and recipes tells the story of Aissatou, a Paris-based Cameroonian belle, who cooks and cooks and cooks for her love interest Mr. Bolobolo. But nothing she makes, amazing as it is, changes his wily ways. Perhaps food is not the way to a lover’s heart. So what is?

“Mango Puree on Toast” is the 17th recipe in the book. It may not find you the love of your life, but it is worth the try. Unexpected delights is what this recipe brought me. I chose it really on a dare – to myself. I looked at the ingredient list and couldn’t believe it would transform into the deliciousness I experienced at the end. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the heart of this matter of love and affection and all the ways we coax and woo and buy love.

The recipe requires very little work and will reward you richly. Choose this. Make it. Today.


Prep time:       20 minutes

Cook time:       5 minutes


1 large green mango, whole and washed

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 a shallot or small red onion, finely diced

1/2 a jalapeno or green chili pepper, finely diced

Fine zest and juice of 1 large lime

Salt and black pepper, to taste

Toast, to serve


  • Put the mango in a pot and fill with water to cover it. Set on medium heat and bring to the boil, then cook for 15 minutes
  • Once cooked, remove from the heat and run under cold water, allow cool then peel and remove the flesh into a blender. Puree till smooth
  • In a bowl, combine the mango puree with the olive oil, shallots, green chilies and 1/2 the zest and all of the lime juice. Stir well and season with salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Spoon over toast and top with more lime zest if you like

Refrigerate leftovers for a couple of days

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